I have just returned from a month in Asheville, North Carolina. We have finally broken ground on our new home in the Western North Carolina mountains. I have spent the last month working with the builder and architect fine tuning the house plans. While there, I was able to visit some new parts of the area.
I am in awe of the natural beauty of that part of our county.
Saluda River on my friend Jill and Barry's golf course in the Cliffs, Mountain Park.
Apple harvest time in Hendersonville County, NC.
A beautiful purple berry shrub growing on the goat farm where we stayed in Flat Rock, NC
The sky at dusk.
Our buddies for the month.
Sky at dusk.
River in Chimney Rock, NC
Bridge entering Lake Lure
Gardens on the bridge in Lake Lure
Rose at the Biltmore
Bees galore- so much honey harvested in this area. Almost every farm stand sells a different one.
Time for dinner. Where are those apples?
Leaves just starting to change.
Biltmore rose garden.
Signs of fall were abundant-
Absolutely perfect cabbage- abundant this time of year.
Pumpkin Head mechanic fixing the truck!
Tons of gourds and pumpkins at the farmers markets.
And finally- here is our little piece of heaven on the French Broad River.
Spectacular view of the river
Down by the river in the river park.
For better - constantly seeing wild turkeys in flight and bald eagles
Or for worse- snake in the river while we were wading!!!
Finally to our property, where our builder had left us a map showing us the
pins for the footprint of our new home!
All of the pink flags mark the outside corners of the house!
The land has been cleared to fit the footprint of the house on it, but more of the smaller trees will be removed after construction, so that a complete view of the river is seen.
The view from the decks in the back of the house. Our very own built in water feature!
Our goal is to have this house complete by Christmas 2016. I spent much of the last month, trying to get the cost of the house down to our budget. My goal was to reduce costs while adding better and improved design features. My friend Jill and I are building our very similar dream homes at the same time, which is a huge advantage. Being able to compare our budgets has allowed us to maximize design and eliminate costs. I have managed to reduce the cost of the home by 20%, and in the process have improved the materials and design. For example, both Jill and I want antique wide plank flooring for much of our living spaces. Through searching and visiting many sources, we have managed to go from $18 a square foot antique "look" floor to actually using real antique oak floors at $8.25 a square foot. All we had to do is follow a few leads and drive 20 miles out into the mountains of North Carolina! I will share these design elements and sources with you as we go through the building process.