New Home Construction Completed in Swannanoa NC

Are you looking for a home not quite in the City of Asheville, but on the outskirts? This brand new home is located just east of Asheville NC and West of Black Mountain NC, which is another amazing small town in our community. Swannanoa is located right in the middle of them, so you get the best of both worlds. We have several other new construction houses going up in the Asheville area as well, so you are in the market for something; contact us and let’s plan.

Asheville Home Builders – Bellwether Design Build of Asheville North Carolina

Asheville Home Builder at your service! Whether you are looking to build a brand new home from scratch, with your design and ideas; or a one of our spec homes that we are building in the Asheville area, we can help you. Bellwether Builders works with clients from Asheville and others that are moving to the area, helping you secure financing, and create a great life in one of our awesome neighborhoods. Or maybe you are looking to remodel, renovate, or build an addition onto your house? With so many folks working from home nowadays, you want to make it comfortable to conduct your business. We can remodel a part of your home, or finish off your basement; turning it into the perfect home based office. Contact us today at BellwetherBuilders.com.

Asheville Home Builders – Two New Homes Going Up in South Asheville

Bellwether Home Builders of Asheville is excited about our new projects coming up. We have two new homes going up on the southside of town, and the location is perfect. Our new home construction projects are just 3 minutes from the Biltmore Estate and 7 minutes from downtown Asheville. If you are interested in these, contact me and let’s talk more. Or maybe you are are looking for a custom home in Asheville North Carolina? If so, let’s sit down and review some house plans, and think about which local community in the Asheville area that you would be interested in.

Getting Ready for the Playhouse Showdown in Asheville North Carolina

Bellwether Builders has been a part of the Playhouse Showdown in Asheville for several years. Brad teamed up with Enka High School and their carpentry class to make this happen. The Playhouse Showdown, featuring BCS Career and Technical Education Programs, will take place Feb. 3-4.

Tickets are $5 each and winners will be drawn on Sunday, Feb. 4 while the Build & Remodel Expo is still happening. Winners will be contacted Monday, Feb. 5, 2019. Your ticket purchase includes admission into the Asheville Homebuilders Association Build & Remodel Show, which runs from Feb. 3-4 at the WNC Agriculture Center, right on the border of Buncombe and Henderson County. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please see the Build & Remodel Expo Website

Bellwether Design-Build Wins Best Whole Home Renovation in Asheville

Best Whole Home Renovation Asheville

The team at Bellwether Design-Build is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Best Whole Home Renovation in Asheville Pace Award by the Asheville Home Builders Association.

This renovation project was incredible to us, to say the least. We were able to salvage much of the foundation and structure of the home, keeping it’s soul alive, and then strategically building the additions to it to create this beautiful masterpiece. The home is located in North Asheville, with rear views of the Omni Grove Park Inn.

Construction renovation in the Asheville area is one of our specialties, for both residential and commercial projects. To discuss your building or renovation project with us, please fill out the Contact Form on our website. Thank you.

Asheville Builder of the Year 2016

Asheville Home Builder of the Year 2016

While we might be partial, we are very proud and certain that Brad Rice is the deserving recipient of the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Builder of the Year award for 2016. Brad was graced with the honor at the recent Parade of Homes Gala and Award Ceremony. Brad has served on the Asheville HBA’s Parade of Homes Committee for a number of years and consistently has homes entered in the Parade. Brad also volunteered with the Asheville HBA’s Playhouse Showdown Challenge. Brad was a mentor to local Enka High School students in the technical program. With the help of Brad and their teachers, these students built a children’s playhouse that was then auctioned off among others in order to raise money for their school program. Brad is volunteering as a mentor again for the next Playhouse Showdown

At the recent AHBA Gala, one of Bellwether Design-Build’s projects, Ciel Lot 10 also won a PACE Design Award thanks to the unique home design of Jason Weil of Retro+Fit Design.

Check out the Asheville Home Builders Association’s footage of the Fall Gala and Awards Ceremony!

Grand American Residential Design Award Winner

We couldn’t be happier to announce that the Prive’ aka Ciel 10 won yet another design award last week. This home won a Grand ARDA (American Residential Design Award) in the Custom Home category. The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) presents this award each year. Congrats to Jason Weil of Retro+Fit Design and to all of our top-notch team who helped make it possible for one custom home to win so many awards.

The winning entries for this award were chosen from about 132 finished and proposed projects submitted by 39 designers from 16 states. The ARDA highlights excellence in design in the home building field in multiple categories. ARDA is a progression of the AIBD Annual Design Competition, which has been in existence for over 65 years. This year’s jury included Jaclyn S. Toole, Senior Program Manager, Green Building at National Association of Home Builders, Washington, DC; Yu-Ngok Lo, owner at YNL Architects, Los Angeles, CA; Chip Hudson, owner at Hudson Home Design, Montgomery, AL, and the ARDA Committee Chairperson Michael Battaglia, Dayton, OH.

The American Institute of Building Design is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. Its professional members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are held to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices.

The winning ARDA entries of this year and past years are published here at www.ResidentialDesignAwards.com.

Four More Kitchen Appliances You Need

kitchen appliances

Last month we posted about four awesome kitchen appliances we thought you should know about. We couldn’t help ourselves and we wanted to share four more. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef in order to love these fabulous kitchen appliances. Add them to your dream home wish list!

Sharp Supersteam Wall Oven

This 3-in-1 wall oven gives you the ability to have Superheated steam (up to 485 degrees), steam, and convection. The Supersteam is so hot that it heats the middle and browns the outside. This versatile wall oven allows you to bake, grill, roast, steam, and sauté dishes.

Liebherr Undercounter Pull-out Refrigerator UPR 503

Don’t let the boring name “UPR 503” detract from the fact that this set of undercounter refrigerator drawers is not boring, but instead highly functional and universally designed. UPR 503 can be adjusted in height and depth to match the height of the kitchen countertops. It’s also designed to allow for custom panels in order to match your cabinets. This refrigerator has 2 self-retracting pull out shelves and 1 drawer, so that you can easily reach your snack or your bottled adult beverage.

Wolf Induction Range

You may have heard of induction cooking technology. If not, induction uses magnets to heat the cookware rather than heating the stovetop/burner. This is a fairly new technology that many are embracing due to the level of temperature control, safety, ease of cleaning, and efficiency. Did we mention that we’re big fans of efficiency? It also serves as an alternative to gas. This particular range comes with the dual convection oven cavity and 10 cooking modes. The cooking modes include your typical Bake, Roast, Broil, as well as Convection options, and Proof and Dehydrate. The range is available in 30-inch and 36-inch widths in professional style and the new transitional style. The 36-inch style is exclusive to Wolf.

Marvel All-in-One Outdoor Refrigerator

Lest we not forget the outdoor kitchen, Marvel introduced the first ever outdoor refrigerator that has a freezer AND an icemaker option. Now you can ditch the cooler or bagged ice. There’s not really any need to explain why this is awesome!

Custom Home Wins Architectural Design Award

front porch of Ciel custom home

Bellwether Design-Build is excited to share that our Ciel lot 10 project in the Ciel development in North Asheville has won the 2016 Award of Merit in the 4,000-8,000 square foot custom home category of the Golden Nugget Awards. Even more exciting is the fact that this means the custom home is now in the finals for the Grand Award, which will be announced in June.

The Golden Nugget Awards honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. The Grand Awards winners are chosen from an elite pool of Merit Award winners. The Golden Nugget Awards are presented by PCBC, the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the west coast region. PCBC is dedicated to advancing the art, science, and business of housing.

This custom home design was a collaboration between Bellwether Design-Build, Retro+Fit Design, and Allard and Roberts Interior Design. The developer for the project was AIBL Invest. Medlock & Associates was the project structural engineer. We’re proud to be a part of this award-winning team! This home was awarded the Innovation Award in the 2015 Parade of Homes awards ceremony.

We are honored to have the Ciel house featured as an Award of Merit winner. We can only hope it is chosen in its category for the Grand Award. Keep your fingers crossed for our team!

Custom Home in River Arts District

Custom home in Asheville RAD

Photograph by Mountain Lens

What’s the latest house that Bellwether Design-Build has been working on?

Well we just finished up building a really cool custom home, if we don’t say so ourselves. The house is located in the well-known River Arts District near downtown Asheville, North Carolina. It’s actually in a neighborhood called Chicken Hill. Yes, that’s right, Chicken Hill! Chicken Hill has the best of both worlds in Asheville, and by that we mean it’s a short walk to downtown and the shops/galleries, restaurants, breweries within the River Arts District.

The custom home was unique in many ways, but one key thing is that the homeowner, Josh Pettler of C3 Architecture designed the home for himself. That’s a perk of being an architect, don’t you suppose? The living area of the home is on the second floor. There’s a specific reason for this too. The house has an amazing view of the River Arts District and the French Broad River. Considering that it sits on a hill (Chicken Hill), it basically overlooks the River Arts District and New Belgium Brewing’s new Asheville location. That’s also why the double-decks are positioned on the front of the house. They really take advantage of the great views overlooking the R.A.D. area!

Some key features of the exterior of the home are the corten steel that the unique “bump-out” is made from. Bump out is not exactly a technical building term, but it makes a good description! There’s a standing seam metal roof with seamless box gutters and round downspouts. Also we’ve heard a lot about the fun exterior paint choice, good things, not bad! Some of the interior features are the large kitchen island with an eastern white pine countertop that has a live edge. There are open shelves made of spalted maple in the kitchen with a brightly colored tile backsplash. There’s a sliding barn door that is made from reclaimed barn wood. The interior floors are a prefinished hickory.

We can’t wait to show you all of the pictures of this home from our photo shoot. Stay tuned and check out our gallery later to find them!