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Consumer Demand: Climbing the Stairs to Quality, Longevity & Healthy Living Spaces in Asheville

Here is the fourth post in a series that looks at sustainability and the undeniable trend toward consumer green-built home in ashevilledemand for attractive, green-built homes.

This series was inspired by the questions of a number of developers who have contacted me just this past couple of  months. I heard from them via Active Rain. Active Rain, thanks for the introduction!. 


So this series is all about climbing the stairs to Quality, Longevity & Healthy Living Spaces (see photo to right taken in a green built home with details to follow, the green shoes are mine)

It seems that this exercise of "climbing to new heights" is getting more common due to the insistent prodding of consumer demand. Or it could be just because smart developers/ contractors are thinking about the value of healthy-built homes in an eco-community. They are giving serious consideration  to what this means in terms of quality longevity and  healthy living spaces. 

Of Quality, Longevity & Healthy Living Spaces 

Take a look at this photo. It shows the quality of construction even in the execution of the staircase in this  WNC HealthyBuilt ® Home right here in Asheville. If you are lucky and/or determined, you could enjoy such excellence right in your home town.

While all this could be, of course, the choice is yours.

Sustainability. One of the first things you need to know about ia green-built home is that it is constructed to last for more than a hundred years. How's that for longevity? 


asheville healthy-built home


This home's low impact design and construction includes a welcoming and generous front porch (see photo to your left) where huge locust posts, taken off of a future building site, and locally harvested and milled decking  could make it someone's dream home,

and one that your great-grandkids could appreciate..

A sturdy stone patio in the backyard will be here 150 years from now ...(if the good-seasons allow)...   Again, longevity.

But what about "healthy living spaces"? 

During a recent site evaluation for NLJ, I was drawn to the decking. I asked the builder about it.  "By decking our front porch with locust instead of traditional PT lumber, we feel good about our children walking barefoot without any chemicals leaching into their skin."

  This "green builder" (there he is on the front porch!)   is into insuring high indoor air as part of the plan for healthy living spaces throughout the home.   

To achieve his objective  this eco-friendly builder  

    1.  used only non-toxic paints on the interior of the house,
    2.  used only rainforest sealer for all interior wood trim, and windows,
    3.  used Bona-Traffic water-based low- VOC finish for all hardwood floors.  

The interior floors were finished using a new dustless sanding system that filters the dust through HEPA filters leaving the air and the interior virtually dust-free.   If you have allergies or if you value the quality of air that you /your clients/your family breathes, this is amazing. And get this!!!  All registers for the HVAC system were covered during construction to keep dust out of the ductwork.   

 I'm impressed. How about you?  

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I AM impressed.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Great, I love the concepts.  Would love to learn more.  At Fraiche Aire Group by any chance?

Posted by Angela Lucaj (Amerigo Realty) almost 12 years ago

I'm impressed.  Having allergies, all of these things sound to good to be true.  Thanks for highlighting this "green built" home.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 12 years ago

Amazing what we think about now and what we did not know in the 70's era time. I guess computers have really advanced us to be able to see research and also we have had time to research what is good and bad for us these days.

Great post. I did not think about our barefeet in decks.

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

The number of eco-friendly products and techniques which are becoming widely available is astounding.

Most of the eco-friendly homes in the Park and Teller County areas of Colorado were built in the early 80's.

Many of the homes in this area could become radiant with a little upgrading to eco-friendly21st century products.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

I AM impressed JaneAnne! Great to see the features this builder is incorporating into his home. I'm lovin' the wood being very locally and being used now from land that will be developed in the future!

The durability you describe is something lacking in so many of the homes built in tracts today...Now I'm heading off to read the other articles in your serious! How lucky you are!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) almost 12 years ago

janeAnne, that is impressive! Amazing and interesting that much goes back to how homes were built hundreds of years ago - with timber from the land, paints tinted with items from nature, taking advantage of natural breezes and protective hillsides, etc.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 12 years ago

Thank for sharing these details janeAnne.  Looks like a great house

Posted by Rhodes Waite over 11 years ago

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