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    Create New North Carolina Mountain Homes from Pioneer Homesteads

Create New North Carolina Mountain Homes from Pioneer Homesteads

The concept of “green” living has become quite ubiquitous today, both in the media and our everyday lives. Virtually everything has green possibilities and implications, from diapers to dry cleaning to dental sealants. Needless to say, going green is not the sole motivating factor behind the popular trend of creating new homes from pioneer homesteads, but it certainly is a big one.

“By building new houses from antique barns, cabins, homesteads and the like, we’re leaving a significantly smaller environmental footprint,” says Charlie Ball, developer for Whisper Mountain in Marshall, North Carolina. Along with wife Troy, Charlie is responsible for Whisper Mountain: a community of North Carolina mountain homes just outside of Asheville, which features some of these environmentally-friendly buildings, crafted from antique materials.

The basics of such an approach are rather simple: locate an antique structure in a state beyond repair—a farmhouse, perhaps, or a log cabin—carefully disassemble it, piece by piece, then use those pieces—the logs, the beams—as the basis for a carefully-constructed and new North Carolina mountain home.

“It may not seem significant, but such an approach is tremendously eco-friendly,” says Ball of the western North Carolina real estate for which he is responsible, as well as the trend as a whole. “By using less new lumber, you’re taking a smaller toll on our natural woodland resources. What’s more, by using antique materials, you are, in no uncertain terms, recycling. This doesn’t even take into account the fumes and emissions you’re reducing by not taking down trees with gas-powered chainsaws and similar tools.”
North Carolina Mountain Homes Offer Wide Appeal
But “greenliness” alone does not explain the appeal of Ball’s western North Carolina mountain property. More eye-catching, certainly, is the aesthetic beauty of those antique materials, […]

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    Asheville, NC Real Estate: Conservation and Preservation Meet

Asheville, NC Real Estate: Conservation and Preservation Meet

By Liisa Sullivan

What is a conservation and preservation community? How are these ideas, as well as green building concepts, incorporated into a new home setting, to leave a lesser impact on the land? This article tells the story of one private community in Western North Carolina, Whisper Mountain, that is executing the conservation and preservation philosophy in a myriad of ways.

Asheville, NC is home to some of the most coveted mountain real estate in the southeast region of the United States and has some of the richest biodiversity in the country. The area mixes cosmopolitan flair and outdoor adventure. It provides a wealth of recreational and career opportunities for retirees, young couples, singles and second-home seekers.

As a result, new area developments have worked to create that perfect piece of mountain real estate. One developer in particular, Whisper Mountain, located just outside of Asheville, seems to have perfected this vision. In fact, its concept of “conservation meets preservation” prompted Southern Living Magazine, the premier lifestyle and entertaining magazine of the South, to choose Whisper Mountain’s site for its eco-friendly 2008 Idea House; the first green idea house ever.
Conservation Meets Preservation: What does it mean in mountain real estate?
The words conservation and preservation are often tossed around. While the terms are used to mean the same thing, differences do exist.

Whisper Mountain’s owners, Charlie Ball and his wife Troy, moved to Asheville from Austin, Texas and are not new to creating environments that encompass these philosophies. They have practiced these methods in Texas, Colorado, Montana, Canada and now North Carolina.

Conservation is the sustainable use and management of natural resources including: wildlife, water, air, and earth deposits. In Whisper Mountain’s development, the use of harvested wood, site-cut timber […]

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Asheville NC Real Estate: The Florida Connection

Whether chased north by heat, hurricanes, or rising property-tax and flood insurance costs, Floridians continue to flock to the mountains of western North Carolina for permanent or second homes. Their homes in Florida can be of outstanding quality, especially if they are sold through Round Table Realty, but sometimes some Floridians are looking for an extra home further north.

Here are some reasons why Floridians continue to seek out that perfect piece of Asheville North Carolina real estate.
Mountain Real Estate Provides Health Benefits
Florida’s connection to the mountains of North Carolina dates back to the late 19th century. Health records show that people who could afford it began to leave coastal Florida each summer to escape the deadly yellow fever. Others came here for the coveted mountain climate and to battle tuberculosis. The mountains of western North Carolina have long been sought out for their restorative properties. Properties in America are beautiful, if you are looking for some real estate to invest in then you will want the assistance of an incredible real estate agent such as WilliamPitt, they will be able to help you search for the perfect property!

There was a real estate boom happening in south Florida in the 20s in towns like Palm Beach and Miami. As a result, Asheville city officials persuaded federal officials to route the Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina.

Throughout the 20th century, Asheville’s real estate fortunes were tied closely to Florida’s. Many people moving to the area were affectionately called “half-backs.” This term refers to people who came from the north or Midwest, moved to Florida, and then only made it “half-way back.”

The Appalachian mountain climate plays a big role in luring our southern friends to the […]

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    Mountain Residents Embrace Green Living and Learn How to Save Energy at Home

Mountain Residents Embrace Green Living and Learn How to Save Energy at Home

Sustainability, green building and energy efficiency are all words becoming part of today’s mainstream consciousness. So it comes as no surprise that people looking to make a difference would check out companies like Window World Oahu, especially when it comes to home improvements.
As global environmental awareness spreads, certain regions of the U.S. are acting as leaders in the green living movement. One of the nation’s hotbeds for alternative energy is Western North Carolina (WNC), home to the city of Asheville.

According to an article by Dale Neal, “Video Touts Region on Green Economy,” in the February 22, 2008 Asheville Citizen-Times more than 80 green builders are based in WNC. In the 7-minute video, Neal mentions, titled “AdvantageGreen,” is directed by American Green TV’s Kurt Mann and discusses green building practices in and around Asheville, North Carolina.

The video features three WNC solar energy companies and highlights three major projects: FLS Energy’s installation of solar panels on a Greensboro hotel, Appalachian Energy’s installation of solar hot water systems on the roofs of Arby’s restaurants and Sundance Power’s installation of solar panels at Deltec Homes.
Simple Ideas for Living Green
Living a more earth friendly and healthy lifestyle is not as difficult as many people believe. Green building methods and alternative energy systems are increasingly affordable for the average citizen. Even simply changing energy providers to ones offering prepaid electric bills, providing only 100% renewable energy, can be a good way to make the shift to a greener household! There are even ways to make an existing structure more energy efficient whether it is a residential home or a commercial building.
Energy Star Efficiency Standards
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Southern Living Idea House

Green Features
The 2008 North Carolina Southern Living Idea House has an impressive list of green credentials. It has two green certifications: NC HealthyBuilt Homes, and LEED for homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Energy efficiency is quantified with Energy Star certification.

Green building features include four major areas: sustainable site management, sustainable resource management, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

The resulting home will have half of the energy cost compared to a home built to the International Energy Code. It will have stellar indoor air quality that will promote better overall health for the homeowners. The design of the home will also impact the inhabitants psychology. Living in well designed environs affects mood, and in turn, health. The house will be more comfortable, durable and easier to maintain. If you’re thinking about making a move from the North to the South, you may want to look into a list of the best moving companies in the USA.

People that live and love green homes find it easy to digest lower energy bills and healthier indoor environments. Brian and Jennifer Cory, who bought a green home, have two children who suffered with severe, chronic asthma. The Cory kids are now asthma-free, with no doctor visits and no inhalers. And the family’s monthly energy bills have dropped from $500 in their New Jersey home to $110 total here. Green homes are fantastic investments to buy in the US, but as of yet they haven’t taken off in other countries around the globe like England and Australia. However, if you are looking to buy a home in Australia for example and you’re not quite ready for a green home, you can use a realtor like Rise Property Management […]