Benefits of Building a Green Mountain Home

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Western North Carolina offers some of the most visually spectacular land for sale in the NC mountains that you’ll find anywhere.  And when you’re building a mountain home in such an unspoiled environment, it makes good sense to consider incorporating materials, techniques and features that will make it as “green” as possible.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we encourage and support efforts to create homes that are healthier, self-sustaining, and more cost-effective in the long run and use up fewer natural resources.

Here are some of the specific benefits you will derive from a taking “green” approach with your design.  It’s important to note that they won’t cost you any more than if you were building a conventional home.

Improved indoor air quality

  • The paints, adhesives, sealants and finishes used in the construction of “green” homes emit considerably less toxic waste, and there’s no residual effect that can cause smells, exposure to formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and even respiratory illness.
  • A properly-sealed “green” home also has a more sophisticated ventilation system that constantly brings clean, fresh air inside.  There’s less likelihood of mold developing, so you’ll enjoy much healthier living conditions.
  • In addition, radon-mitigation systems can be set in the foundation.  They allow harmful radon gas from the soil to be vented to the home’s exterior, so your level of exposure is significantly reduced.  The Environmental Protection Agency believes that radon may be the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

People building “green” mountain homes near Asheville have begun to recognize that there are cost savings involved as well.

Return on investment

A green home is a durable home. For a homeowner, that means less work and expense to maintain the home properly, and components of the home won’t need to be replaced as often, if ever.  “Green” building options that that serve this purpose include:

  • Durable roofing materials – some with 40- or 50-year warranties.
  • Recycled-content decking – can last up to five times longer than traditional wood decking and never needs to be treated or painted.
  • Chemical-free pest controls – discourage termites and other pests by separating all exterior wood-to-concrete connections with metal or plastic fasteners or dividers and by locating all new plants at least 36 inches from the foundation.

Water and energy efficiency can save you as much as 70% on your utility bills. Energy efficiency makes a home more affordable to live in and more attractive to prospective buyers if you decide to sell. Homes with “green features” can command as much as 7% in the resale market. Besides saving on utility bills, a “green” home employs construction techniques that can reduce so2me costs during the building process.  Some of these are:

  • Creating a tight thermal envelope that’s sealed to reduce air leakage, designing and locating ductwork to minimize energy loss and choosing low-emissivity windows to help decrease heating and cooling requirements.
  • Installing a smaller HVAC system is made possible when there’s a high-quality thermal envelope, providing greater comfort and lower upfront and operating costs.
  • Framing with 2-by-6 studs spaced at 24 inches allows the use of more insulation, which can reduce wood use and labor costs.

Finally, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce water use and generate additional savings for the homeowner:

  • Installing Energy Star-rated appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers
  • Using shorter hot-water runs, insulated hot-water pipes, low-flow faucets and high-efficiency  toilets that require 1.3 gallons of water or less per flush
  • Choosing high-efficiency irrigation systems such as low-flow drip systems, bubblers and low-flow sprinklers that minimize overspray and evaporation and reduce runoff

Lower Environmental Impact

Using renewable, clean energy sources and reclaimed materials also lessens our reliance on fossil fuels and other depleting resources.  For people looking for land for sale NC mountains properties present an opportunity to plan “green” homes that blend perfectly with their surroundings – both in appearance and in their respect for nature. 

Building a mountain home is a fun project, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.  Come by and visit us soon at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir.  See all we have to offer and how much there is to do here.  You’ll soon understand why mountain homes near Asheville have become so popular with retirees who want to stay active.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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3rd Annual Summer Bash – Making a Difference in Lenoir

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Our mountain towns in North Carolina are gearing up for another Summer Bash, August 26 from 5-11pm, thanks to the dedication and fun spirit of the Wig Bank of Caldwell County, alongside Ali & Madison Bumgarner. The Extraordinaires and DJ Johnny B will be in attendance, playing their lively tunes to keep the party hopping and the guests dancing.  Of course there will be delicious food and refreshing drinks available in the American Legion Building in Lenoir on this fine summer night. 

When you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, the reasonably-priced tickets ($35) can be purchased by calling the Wig Bank of Caldwell County at 828-726-9111 or visit 226 Mulberry St, SW Lenoir, NC 28645. Remember, all who attend are lending their support to a worthy cause. The Wig Bank’s motto is Hope.  Support.  Education.  Friends. Those who live in our gated communities near Asheville NC often attend their Red Dress Event or popular Wig Walks as well as volunteer their time to this organization with a tremendous heart.

For over ten years, the Wig Bank of Caldwell County has been helping those who are bravely fighting cancer in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  Two motivated and inspired women, a hair salon owner and an oncology nurse, understood the diverse needs of our much-loved community.  Their vision was to make a difference to those who were sick, and soon many others became eager to lend their help and support. Though these two women began with a just few wigs, their vision soon took off. Perhaps you’ve walked or driven by the Wig Bank and noticed the modest house with the purple door.  If you ventured inside, you surely found a hot pot of coffee and a warm greeting. 

Their dedicated staff offer educational resources for those who are sick with cancer, or those who are taking care of a sick loved one, as well as some much-needed comfort and support.   The inspired founders of the Wig Bank initially saw the need to provide wigs to sick woman, but soon came to understand all the other services that were necessary to help survivors feel better, as well as the need for support groups for men, women and children in the gated communities near Asheville NC. 

In addition to wigs, they provide makeup kits and how-tos, as well as funds for essentials such as food, gas, literature for cancer education, exercise classes and more. Recently the community pulled together to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of Mulberry Street. No surprise that the folks who live in our mountain towns in North Carolina were able to turn this adorable house into a welcoming home.

Whether you’re looking for classes, support groups, or a place for your children to hang out for some fun entertainment—this is the spot.  Kids can watch movies, play pool, foosball, ping-pong or cards, while the grown ups share meaningful conversation or grab some downtime in the library, reading in a comfy chair or doing a little online research.

The giving nature of our volunteer community members, always looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, make a real difference to others, and ensure all the Wig Bank’s incredible services are free.The Wig Bank’s services, support groups and programs:

• On-Site Beauty Shop

Provides wigs for women and children who may lose their hair through cancer treatments. Each wig is specially selected and styled by one of our licensed stylists.

• Locks of Love

An individual may donate their hair (must be at least 12 inches) to a national wig company for cancer patients. The locks should be clean, bound together, braided, bagged and delivered to The Wig Bank with your name and phone number taped to the outside of the bag.

• McCreary Cancer Center

A partnership with the McCreary Cancer Center offers a wide range of programs for individuals and their families touched by cancer.

• I Can Cope

This is a monthly support group initiated by the American Cancer Society for people who have just been diagnosed or are in treatment for cancer.  Facilitated by an oncology nurse, other experts are frequently invited to answer questions.

• Arm in Arm

The most popular breast cancer support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6 pm.

• Look Good… Feel Better

This program meets after Arm in Arm and brings women together to learn tips on applying makeup (a free bag of makeup is supplied), techniques for using scarves and hats, and exercise tips so they can look and feel their best.

• Restorative Yoga

Heal and restore with our popular mid-day Restorative Yoga classes.

• CHiPS (Child Health Enrichment Programs)

Support group for children affected by cancer, providing games, and art therapy with high school Beta Club students. During these sessions, parents meet upstairs with volunteers. The group meets monthly, except during the summer.

• Sister Group

A minority outreach program designed to explain the benefits of good breast health and mammograms.

In addition to giving your time, you can also give the gift of hope by donating to the services at the Wig Bank.  Their website describes their passionate mission perfectly:  “We strive to offer meaningful services that are sensitively suited to meet the emotional, intellectual and inspirational needs of individuals and families going through their journey with cancer. Your donation helps outreach efforts for: renewed self-esteem, emotional recovery and support, and information resources. You can make a donation in several ways:

·       Sponsoring, attending or supporting one of our fundraisers

·       Donations in honor or memory a loved one

·       Individual financial gifts in any amount

Give the gift of hope! Your donation helps The Wig Bank continue its mission to be a ray of hope and help for local individuals touched by cancer.”

Those who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC understand the importance of volunteering.  There are so many meaningful ways to give of yourself in retirement–to the schools, nursing homes, museums, voting centers, shelters, soup kitchens and ministries.  Of course, the beauty of Lenoir is when you’re done volunteering, there’s so much else to keep you busy.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Lenoir NC this summer?  You’re probably aware of some of the most the popular past-times, but there are scores of others to discover now that you have some down time.  Looking for a great way to kick off your weekends?  Friday nights at the Tri-County Motor Speedway features NASCAR All-American Series stock car racing.

Or if you feel the need to kick up your heels, grab your date and try clogging at Sims Country Barbecue in Dudley Shoals.   Lenoir’s beat is kept strong with all the impromptu front porch jam sessions that are open to the public and musicians of all ages from beginner to pro.

For those who enjoy intellectual stimulation, you can visit any of the state’s seven educational forests and learn a little something new about our ecosystem, or visit one of the many museums:  the Caldwell Heritage Museum, the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum, the Antique Vending Company, the Wilson Creek Visitor Center, or Hudson’s Railroad Depot Museum to take in some of our fine history and culture.

If you feel more energetic, you can train for some of our challenging bike rides, and when you feel the need to cool down, hike along any number of our refreshing creeks that flow from our gorgeous mountains.

It’s obvious how lucky we are to live in this region, and those who have found their perfect piece of land at The Coves and settled into their charming mountain homes, can enjoy all that Lenoir has to offer each and every day.  From volunteering alongside our close-knit neighbors, to exploring the nearby downtown and surrounding parks, restaurants, and shops, there’s never enough time to do it all.  Especially when your home at The Coves is beckoning you to return for a little relaxation or family and friend gathering.  If you’ve yet to experience The Coves in Lenoir, stop by and see what you’ve been missing.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.


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The Kitchen Connection and Wine Shop Spices Up Morganton

Morganton NC shoppingHello Morganton! Are you ready to spice up your life? Then you should know about a local hot spot on the Morganton NC shopping scene that’s “your connection to the good things in life.” They’ve got sugar and spice and everything nice. And by “nice” we mean an incredibly nice selection of the finest in gourmet arabica coffee beans, loose-leaf teas, award-winning wines, plus gifts and gadgets galore.

The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop is now located at 108 West Union Street in Downtown Morganton right next to Yianni’s Restaurant. Although the Grand Opening for this Downtown shop took place just 10 months ago (September 2016), owner, Pamela Saunders, and her husband, Keith, are not exactly new to the task of serving up the finest in culinary merchandise to customers in Morganton. This powerhouse husband-and-wife entrepreneurial team have been in business for 22 years running The Kitchen Connection, which has even earned Ms. Saunders the Burke County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Cornerstone Award for Female-Owned Business of the Year.

Having already built a time-honored relationship with customers at the original Sanford Drive location in Morganton and from neighboring North Carolina mountain communities, this new Kitchen Connection location prompted Saunders to rebrand and expand! The new Downtown store has additional square footage that provides a more comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience for customers who like to browse, taste, sip, and shop.

As for rebranding, The Kitchen Connection has added “Wine Shop” to its name and, with it, a slew of extra offerings to spice things up and keep this small business growing and thriving in a town of foodies and wine lovers. Known for 22 years as the local shop that offers the best in party supplies, custom gift baskets, kitchen tools and top-of-the line cookware, The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop has some great new features to keep customers “connected to the good things in life.” These new offerings include:

WINE STATION offers wine by the glass

The Wine Shop has a great selection of bottles to choose from. But for those who want to take-a-break-and-partake, wine is sold by the glass and dispensed from an innovative in-house Wine Station. Manufactured by Napa Technologies of California, this sophisticated wine preservation and dispensing system uses state-of-the-art software to cool each glass to the optimal temperature, allowing customers to savor the flavor of each glass just as the wine maker intended. Saunders is excited to offer the Wine Station at her new Morganton Wine Shop. “There are very few of these Wine Stations in Western North Carolina,” she says, “and we hope it will add to the appeal of our downtown, helping to attract more visitors to our area.” With so many wine lovers in the mountain towns in North Carolina, we bet they’ll be lining up to give Saunders’s Wine Station a try!

WINE TASTINGS let you “Sip ‘n’ Shop”

Living up to their philosophy of “drink what you enjoy,” The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop invites customers to explore their inner sommelier by doing a “Sip ‘n’ Shop” through the store on Fridays and Saturdays when a few bottles of wine are uncorked for in-store tastings. On select dates, wine distributors might even be available on site to answer questions and offer tips for pairings.

The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop staff are always on a mission to find great, inexpensive wines to offer their customers at discounted rates. In addition to offering popular favorites from California, Italy, and France – which include a selection Pino Noir, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Shiraz, and Chardonnay – they source and sell Cakebread, Caymus, Rombauer, and other outstanding boutique wines. Their diverse selection of wines sets them apart from the competition and has earned them Best Wines in Burke awards for six consecutive years. But they don’t stop there! The owners continue to attend trade shows, visit wineries (as far away as the Pacific Northwest), and work closely with distributors to find distinctive wines they can bring back to their customers at 5-20% savings.

COFFEE CLUB members get peak flavor and freshness… and some free beans!

The Kitchen Connection doesn’t just serve up a great cup o’ Joe. They’re masters at understanding – and explaining to customers – what the art of coffee is all about. From sourcing, cultivating, and growing to brewing, freezing, storing, and grinding the beans, the experts at The Kitchen Connection know what’s best at every step in the process. And when it comes to roasting, The Kitchen Connection ensures their coffees are roasted delivered on schedule so they arrive fresh and vacuum-packed in Mylar bags to preserve peak flavor and freshness. They offer a variety of beans and unique seasonal flavors, and they’ll grind the beans up fresh for each customer. Java lovers who join the Coffee Club and purchase 10 pounds of coffee will receive their 11th pound for free!

That’s just a sampling of what you’ll find in this foody-friendly all-things-kitchen shop. But don’t take our word for it. Visit The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop for yourself. Next time you’re in Downtown Morganton, stop by and explore row after row of cookware, bakeware, and cast-iron pots; kitchen gadgets, barware, grilling supplies; mouth-watering condiments, jams, crackers, and salsas; beautiful linens, ceramics, and glassware for everyday use or entertaining; and uniquely designed gift baskets tailored to your tastes and occasions. And be sure to take advantage of the Wine Station, Sip ‘n’ Shop Tastings, and Coffee Club.

Morganton is a mountain-town hot-spot with some of the coolest shops and restaurants in Western North Carolina. The growth of these local small businesses is just one reason Morganton’s culturally rich Downtown area attracts so many neighbors from nearby North Carolina mountain communities, including The Coves Mountain River Club.

Just a short drive from Morganton is Lenoir, one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina. And this is where you’ll find The Coves, a scenic gated mountain-river community with a collection of beautifully crafted homes with chic elegant-yet-rustic designs, breezy floorplans, and picturesque windows that open up to spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and the Johns River. Neighbors here are the first to boast about this quiet but lively community that serves up an endless stream of year-round recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, wine making, community gardening, swimming, and pool-side yoga.

Talk about spicing up your life! The Coves is where mountain meets river, and relaxation meets invigoration. It’s your key to your very own heaven-in-the-foothills lifestyle, where the climate is always pleasant, each season is more beautiful than the last, and your quiet mountain retreat comes with quick access to vibrant North Carolina mountain communities with your choice of cool shops, restaurants, museums, theatres, and night life. That’s mountain living done right!

Visit The Coves Mountain River Club and find out how to spice up your life with a new mountain property of your own. While you’re here, be sure to stop by The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop in Downtown Morganton.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, as for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills.

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Tips on Selling Your Home Fast

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Sometimes, what we really want is a quick sale, to move forward with our retirement, now that we’ve found the perfect place to live in the mountains. In fact, people from all over the country, like you, are heading Western North Carolina to follow their dreams of living in a beautiful NC mountain home, in friendly neighborhoods like The Coves.

Once the decision to move is made, selling your home can seem a little scary, but it’s easier than you think. Here’s some helpful tips for selling your home fast:

Choose the Right Agent

Finding the real estate agent that’s right for you can be a little intimidating, but it’s 100% possible. First, look around. Find someone who has a high selling rate in your area and is familiar with the landscape, and get some references. Ask an agent to provide a list of what they’ve listed and sold in the past year near your home, with the contact information. Former clients should sing the praises about their experience. In the modern age of real estate, a good agent should also be tech savvy and know how to give the home the best internet exposure possible. The right agent should also come with certifications, such as ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) or SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist).

Price the Home Correctly the First Time

Check out Zillow to get an estimate of what your home is worth, then consult with your realtor and ask for a CMA certified market analysis). This will give you an idea of what homes are selling for around you. Once you have a good idea of the right price, considering shaving off 5 to 10 percent off. This will attract buyers with multiple bids quick, who may bid up the price over what its worth.

Hire a Photographer

The photos that accompany your listing should show your home’s best attributes, and from the best angles possible and in the best light. Hire a professional who specializes in real estate and knows what potential buyers look for.

Make Quick Fixes

Make all necessary repairs! Even something as small as rusted lock or a leaky showerhead can turn off a potential buyer. Consider tackling the easier tasks yourself – such as caulking windows or doors – and hiring a repair man for the bigger fixes – such as rebuilding or repairing a rotted part of fence or replacing light fixtures throughout the home.

Ditch the Clutter

One of the easiest ways to declutter a house, and one of the most important things to do when selling it, is to de-personalize it. Consider putting a big chunk of memorabilia, family photos, knick-knacks, and keepsakes in storage. The less personal a house appears, the more potential buyers can vividly picture themselves living there – and the extra space can make the home appear bigger.

Stage Your Home

What does that mean? It means bringing the home to ‘model’ like condition as if the home is being sold brand new. Paint your home in neutral colors, if it is not that way already. Companies specialize in staging and it’s worth every dime. Your realtor will know which staging company is worth talking with.

Simple changes can make a world of difference. Update your old fireplace screen. Resurface your old dishwasher with a stainless steel stick-on covering. Open all blinds and curtains in order to bring out the home’s natural lighting. Trim any trees or bushes, put flowers in the windowsills, and add a welcome mat. The goal is to make your home appear as inviting as possible.

Have Frequent Open Houses

After your home is staged to perfection, it’s time to show it off. Don’t be afraid to skip the newspapers to advertise online. Write colorful, descriptive ads with your agent and place them on social media and open house directories online. Create open house signs with balloons, put them at the busiest intersections closest to your home, and make sure to make arrow-shaped signs that will buyers in the right direction. Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Take your pets to the pet spa or the park.

Sometimes it’s best to let the realtor show the house without you, so that your agent can highlight the best features of the house without bias.

If you’re looking to buy or build your very own Western NC dream home, why not consider The Coves Mountain River Club. You’ll quickly discover why our residents treasure the amenities such as our mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with 360 degree long range mountain views. Sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and even plant their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs in Isabel’s Garden. Enjoy riverside hiking along the Johns River, or take a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months.

The Coves offers a good selection of homesites for sale with a generous amount of land for sale in the NC mountains. Residents can choose from a private cul-de-sac to a river frontage on the Johns River and several home sites with breathtaking mountain views. There are many builder floor plans available that include everything from master suites, generous guest bedrooms, detachable garages, vaulted rooms with exposed timbers, and screened outdoor living porches. Homesites start $39,000, where potential residents can choose from 1.75 acres of land all the way to 19. Three-bedroom houses – 2,200-3,350 square feet – start from $289,000.

Selling a home can be intimidating, but with the right tools and the right agent – you’ll be out the door and onto starting your new life before you know it.

Call 828.754.0700 now to schedule a visit! 

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir