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Sensational Bathroom Designs for Your New Mountain Home

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When you’re building a mountain home at The Coves, you’ll have an opportunity to incorporate elements into the design that truly reflect the beauty of our rustic surroundings.  There are many remarkable ways to extend that theme to the bathroom décor as well.

Innovative bathrooms you can easily find pictured online incorporate copper and glass sinks, pebble stone flooring and showers, and pedestal tubs.  You’ll see extensive use of cedar and hardwood.  Creative light fixture choices are abundant.  And choosing your color scheme from a palette of warm, earth tones ties it all together perfectly.

Utilize natural light sources wherever possible, both to highlight the room’s designer touches and to add the spectacular outside views to its visual appeal.  While comparing NC mountain land for sale, consider how your dream home would sit on the lot.  Evaluate the property’s prominent natural features and perspectives and be sure to take into consideration where the sun rises and sets.

Bathrooms are a great place to use unpainted wood for cabinets, shelving and mirror frames.  How about taking it one step further and creating a barn ambience with bare and even weathered wooden walls?  There are many examples of homes where that approach has been used to great effect.  Though it may not be consistent with your particular taste, the look is quite dramatic and very much in tune with our Blue Ridge foothills living.

North Carolina mountain real estate is popular with retiring city dwellers who have tired of the cookie-cutter feel of their urban existence and relish the chance to build their dream homes where the air is fresh, the sky is clear and opportunities abound for outdoor activities.  A dramatically-styled or even rustic bathroom might be a quantum leap from what they’re accustomed to, and yet in this setting it looks and feels like a perfect fit for their new lifestyle.

But going rustic in terms of appearance doesn’t mean you have to give up the creature comforts that you want and deserve.  Build in a Jacuzzi tub, a steam shower, a sauna…whatever helps to make the space your own.  Here, the old and the new can work together in perfect harmony.

You’ll want to be involved in every aspect of your bathrooms’ design, and our creative team at The Coves is here to help.  The process can be overwhelming at times, but we try to make it fun.  The list of flooring possibilities alone can seem endless.  There are any number of variations just in the basic tile, stone, and wood categories.  In the end, however, you’ll have the satisfaction of building a mountain home that’s uniquely yours in every way.

NC mountain land for sale doesn’t come any better than what we have to offer at The Coves Mountain River Club.  We’re perfectly situated on five miles of pristine Johns River waterfront near Wilson Creek.  So our residents enjoy some of the best trout fishing in the area, along with abundant water activities, hiking and biking trails, and simply spectacular mountain scenery.  Golfers love our on-site course.  And, living here, you have a front row seat for the dramatic changing colors of fall foliage season. 

If buying North Carolina mountain real estate is in your plans for now or in the future, make sure you visit the Lenoir area and come by to see us.  We’ll give you a great tour of the property that includes our Pisgah Mountain Lodge, site of so many popular local events and a great place just to kick back on the balcony with a glass of wine and watch the sun set. 

Again, there are many web sites online where you can see how owners of mountain homes have made bathrooms into attractive designer statements very much in keeping with the rest of the interior. 

So start getting your ideas together…and then let us help you make them come alive at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour! 

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10 Reasons Why Tiny Houses are Big with Buyers

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If you’ve heard or read about the tiny house movement, as you’re searching for North Carolina mountain cabins for sale, it’s no surprise.  Typically any home with a living space less than 500 square feet is considered a tiny home.  Now there are even tiny house villages!   Magazines, television, film and online websites have given this international, architectural phenomenon extensive coverage… and for many tangible reasons.

So what exactly are some of these reasons?  Economic gain is top on the list.  Tiny houses cost less than bigger homes and your tremendous savings begin with building costs.  First off, when you’re building a mountain home that’s small in scale, you certainly don’t need a vast plot of land.  Next, your building costs themselves will be substantially lower and the time it takes to be built is by far less. Once you’ve moved into your tiny home, it will become apparent that your monthly maintenance and repair costs are greatly reduced, including both heating and cooling bills. 

The next pleasant surprise comes along when your taxes are due.  Who knew taxes could ever be this low?  Many who live in tiny houses quickly end up with no mortgage, and when you own your home your funds can be channeled elsewhere.

Of course these savings are beneficial for all of us, but especially those who are in retirement mode without the buffer of a generous retirement account.  Those who downsize to tiny houses after searching for North Carolina mountain cabins for sale come to love a much more simple life that gives the gift of freedom and all the sweeter parts of life—family, friends, recreation, hobbies and connecting with the splendor of the mountains in our gorgeous region–no matter the season.

The Coves provides the ideal environment and professional expertise to create the plans and build idyllic tiny houses for those of you who are considering building a mountain home in North Carolina.  The tiny house movement has been gaining popularity steadily, perhaps beginning with the financial crisis a decade ago. 

One of the challenges for many who desire a tiny home is finding the place to build.  Even if you found the location that seems perfect for building a mountain home, zoning can run some serious interference.  Our dedicated and highly-informed professionals take away all the confusion and angst and leave nothing but the joy of planning your own tiny home in the scenic mountains. 

We understand the importance of design when it comes to building tiny houses.  Some of the considerations revolve around multi-functional spaces and the furniture you will choose, hidden storage spaces, state of the art technology in appliances, the value of making the most of vertical space, the beauty of a porch or deck that creates an optional sleep space and more room for entertaining, the importance of natural light, expandable walls, all while providing you with the features you just can’t live without—a fireplace, high ceilings, those customized windows to allow your precious home to blend with nature outside while making your home feel more open and spacious.  Whether you desire a vividly-colored quaint cottage, or a woodsy cabin with minimalist design, The Coves can create the plans of your dreams.

When you and your family take the time out to explore North Carolina mountain cabins for sale, visit The Coves and discover just how incredible your new life can be.  A tiny house could make an attractive second home as well as your primary residence.  Tiny houses are available in as many styles as larger homes while allowing you to life a simpler life and save for your future.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour of our tiny houses!

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Tips on Buying Insurance in North Carolina

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One of the important steps involved in the purchase of North Carolina mountain homes for sale is shopping for homeowner’s insurance.  If you’re financing the property, the mortgage holder will require that you have a policy.  And if you’re paying cash, you’ll want it for your own protection.

The two primary things to consider when choosing an insurer for your home are (1) price and (1) customer service.  You hope never to have to file a claim, but if it happens you want to be treated fairly.  Your future neighbors in any of the gated communities near Asheville will be a good source of information regarding which insurers are among the providers of homeowner’s insurance NC buyers select most often and why.  You can also do research online or call the state insurance department for information.

Try to narrow your list to three companies and then start calling their offices or local agents.  Ask what they can do to minimize your costs.  But keep in mind that you should never sacrifice quality to save a few dollars.  In the event of a loss, you could easily regret making that choice.

How much insurance should you buy?  Forget how much you’re paying for your home.  Make sure your property damage limit is high enough to cover the cost of rebuilding it.  Most policies cover replacement cost for the structure, but check to be sure.  You need to be compensated for the repair or replacement of damaged property with materials of similar kind and quality without any deduction for depreciation  because of age, wear and tear or other factors.

If you’re looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale in areas that are prone to flooding, be sure to ask about the National Flood Insurance Program.  Your agent should have the information.  Or, you can call the Federal Insurance Administration directly at (800) 638-6620.

Homeowner’s insurance premiums for gated communities near Asheville are on the rise.  But there are simple ways you can offset some of the increase:

  1. Increase your deductibles
  2. Ask about discounts available to you
  3. Buy your homeowner’s and auto insurance from the same company
  4. Stop smoking
  5. Beef up your home security
  6. Insure only structures – not land
  7. Check your policy at least once a year and shop around for a better deal

The homeowner’s insurance NC buyers purchase is likely to be less expensive for a newer home.  That’s because the structure itself and its electrical system and plumbing will generally be in better condition than those of an older property.  The age can mean a difference of five to fifteen per cent in your premium.  Another factor that can affect what you pay is the proximity of the home to a hydrant or a fire station.  Whether the town has full-time or volunteer fire service can also impact the cost. Did you know The Coves is a certified Firewise Community? This will help with your premiums too.

Your policy will cover the loss of personal property, so be sure to do a strict accounting of what you have and be sure that it’s insured to sufficient value.  Certain items, such as jewelry, art, furs, silver and home office equipment may require special consideration by the company and have separate restrictions stated in the policy.

Finally, if you have significant assets, be sure that you have a high enough liability limit to protect yourself against accidents that may happen to others on your property.

It’s our goal to make the purchase of your home as pleasant and worry-free as possible.  As you tour the property, see our magnificent mountain views, and hear about all there is to do here in the year-round mild weather of the Blue Ridge foothills, you’ll soon see why so many people have chosen to retire at The Coves Mountain River Club near Lenoir.

While you’re here, if our have any questions regarding homeowner’s insurance or anything else that’s involved with you becoming part of our wonderful mountain community, we’ll do our very best to answer them.

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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Benefits of Building a Mountain Home Versus Buying a Resale

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While you’re spending your weekends searching for the perfect NC mountain land for sale, enjoying the fall foliage trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and envisioning the next idyllic chapter in your life, you’ve probably pondering the many perks of creating and building your own unique home. 

The idea of being able to hand pick the ideal community and the property of your dreams is incredible—a slice of woodsy acreage by a river, a sprawling open pasture for your prized horses, or a tiny parcel sitting high atop a hillside with views that make you feel grateful each and every day. 

Building a mountain home is something many of us imagine and some of us get to make a joyful reality.  Perhaps you’d rather spend your days browsing North Carolina mountain real estate and all the homes that have already been skillfully designed and built. To find the right home, seal the deal, and move in without missing a beat. But choosing a resale home means you may have to settle for someone else’s selections such as kitchen cabinets, the tile, and so on.

Whichever route is the one best suited for your needs, building, or buying a resale, being informed about all the options will make your journey all the more easy in choosing a North Carolina mountain community.

Those who have already built their own homes after exploring North Carolina mountain real estate understand the importance in taking the time not only to select the right community, but to find the ideal property to place to build your house.  Do you prefer a corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac, or a secluded lot with a birds eye view of a nearby river?

Maybe this will be a cozy home for two, or perhaps you have a large extended family that loves nothing better than gathering for home-cooked meals over the holidays.  All of this comes into play when planning your custom home.  The architectural style and exterior finishes are equally important—the aesthetics are what will make you truly content in your home season after season, so you want to be sure you know what you desire. 

The finishing touches inside are equally essential—flooring, cabinets, countertops, plumbing and light fixtures—all the fine details that give your home character and carry your signature.  With technology comes added flourishes for the modern home that can make our lives easier day to day—smart televisions/internet and alarm systems just to name a few.

Building a mountain home of your own has many other benefits that contribute to better health and stronger finances. Homes built today are increasingly green, and more and more in tune with the environment of the precious NC mountain land. This often means less toxic construction materials, instead relying upon materials that enhance the landscape and improve your wellbeing. 

In terms of your finances, a smart house means better energy efficiency and lower expenses for both electric and water usage.  Energy efficient windows, water heaters and furnaces all go a long way to helping you save. 

Also along with new construction comes less maintenance and fewer repairs for at least the first decade of your home.  And in many cases, home owners’ insurance costs are less when the construction is new.   All of these savings will allow you to take that dream vacation, purchase that boat, or pursue that hobby you’ve had in mind for years.

When you design and build your own home you can take all of your family’s needs into account.  Do you need the master bedroom on the first floor, or is a large screened-in porch vital?  When your home fulfills your family’s needs, everyone’s health improves. 

Are you looking for privacy?  Then choose a home tucked away on a larger parcel of land.  Do you long for the feel of a close-knit neighborhood?  Then purchase that adorable mountain house surrounded by welcoming neighbors.  When you buy a resale home, you no doubt bypass the decision-making and stress that accompany creating a design and embarking on the building process. 

For some this process is exhilarating, for others it’s to be avoided.  Maybe you truly want a new home with the least amount of exertion.  With many resale homes, personal improvements may already exist—lighting fixtures, curtain rods, or ceiling fans.  In some cases, the seller wants to simplify the process as well, and this means giving you the opportunity to purchase furnishings or other items, especially if they are in the process of downsizing.   Additionally, you may inherit a home with gorgeous and mature landscaping that accents your property.  Move in and sit back on your porch and breathe in those sweet flowers already in bloom!  And if you desire an update here or there, you can make these improvements on your timetable.

Now that you’re informed, we’d like to become the top on your North Carolina list when you’re searching to buy or build your dream home. We have over a dozen builder floor plans ready to go, allowing you to begin the process as soon as you’ve selected that perfect plot of land for your family. 

Come and meet our professionals who can show you some of the most popular floor plans such as The Cumberland Trace with 3 bedrooms, two and a half baths, 1,630 square feet—with an open living plan, the master bedroom on the main level, spacious guest bedrooms and a detachable garage.  Using natural materials—wood, stone and glass, this is a fantastic rustic home.

The Mallard, reminiscent of lake living with natural colors and materials, is another often chosen design, with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 2,021 square feet, the master suite is situated on the main level, alongside an open kitchen/dining/great area, vaulted beamed ceilings and an optional garage.

Another design sensation is the Powder River, three bedrooms, two baths, 2,097 square feet, the master suite is conveniently located on the main level, along with a triangle of open kitchen, dining and great room areas and garage.  This stone and wood home is graced with porthole windows, cupola and weather vane.

The Pin Oak’s strong rustic design draws upon natural stone and wood and is often chosen for its three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and 2,223 square feet.  With a master on the main floor alongside an open kitchen/great room area, there is also a spacious outdoor living porch to take in the spectacular landscape that surrounds you.

There are many more designs to choose from at The Coves—the Long Tail, the Red Sky, Camas Creek–just to name a few. 

Make your way to The Coves to tour homes already built, explore NC mountain land for sale and to see for yourself why our community is named ‘2017 Best Mountain Community of the Year’ from a respected online real estate reviews website.

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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Designing the Ultimate Man Cave at The Coves

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The term “man cave” popped up around the mid 1990’s likely from the book ‘Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. A book attempting to define the differences between men and woman which include home designs. It’s hard to disagree with how most women love a gorgeous kitchen far more than a man.

Men dig a well appointed-garage or high-tech entertainment room far more then a woman, space in the home often nicknamed the man cave. Today’s man cave is whatever a man wants it to be. Individual tastes and needs will dictate the form it takes, but in essence it’s a refuge – a place a man can call his own. A place for his Harley, train collection, sports memorabilia or bourbon and cigar bar.

Popular culture may conjure images of sports events on large screen TVs, ultra-comfy lounge chairs and a well-stocked bar, but what if your personal passion is woodworking, car or motorcycle restoration or some other activity that warrants organized tool storage and a dedicated work space?  Fortunately, building a mountain home affords one the opportunity to design and create your tailor-made personal man cave in the natural splendor of the Western North Carolina foothills.

Gated communities near Asheville NC, such as The Coves Mountain River Club, are known for their wide and diverse options for enjoying outdoor activities in year-round mild weather.  Hiking, boating, fishing, golf, exploring and more greatly enhance the lives of our active residents.  But sometimes a man wants to focus on more leisurely pursuits, whether they be hobbies or just pastimes that serve to refresh the mind and spirit.

Some of the best man caves are in finished basements, but they can also be smaller spaces, double garages and even sheds converted for that purpose.  North Carolina mountain homes are as diverse as the people who own them, so let’s explore some options so you can begin to picture your own perfect private space.

If entertainment is the goal, your man cave will need to include audio and video.  When you plan, take into account the requirement for protection from outside noise and light sources.  And larger spaces may require specific lighting choices for multiple uses that might include such games as cards, foosball and pool.

Media room seating should be comfortable and positioned so that everyone in the room can see your video screen.  Sectional sofas are great for smaller environments, but plush recliners are a nice option as well.  Wall-mounted TV works best for creating space.  Go for the biggest affordable screen and perhaps build a movie collection with all the classics.  Surround sound is recommended for full enjoyment of sound effects and to get the best out of your video gaming experience.

If you opt for cabinetry, it should allow easy access to all components while keeping cables and connectors out of sight.   A nice basket is great for organizing remote controls and keeping them close at hand.

Personalizing a man cave can be one of the most enjoyable parts of building a mountain home.  Have we stoked your imagination?  Here are some more ideas:

A bar or general beverage area should have a refrigerator, a good liquor selection, glasses and bar stools.  You can install a ‘kegerator’ near the sitting area for constant beer on tap.  If your fitness regimen warrants a home gym, mirrors, proper flooring and natural light can create a professional atmosphere.

Like other neighborhoods, gated communities near Asheville NC have plenty of devoted sports fans.  So it’s not uncommon to encounter man caves decorated in a team motif with posters and memorabilia.  Whatever design scheme you come up with should reflect your own interests and personality.

And let’s not forget to include a sign at the entrance.  You can get creative with neon lights or mixed wood work to declare that this is a place you can call your own. A sign that clearly proclaims the man cave is essential at its entrance. Use neon lights or mixed wood work to create a sign at the doorway or just inside the room. Add a coat hanger nearby to hold coats or hats. To make a man cave more comfortable, install a huge framed or angular hammock either in a corner or beside a window. Optionally, set giant bean bags randomly around the room for lounging or just pile a bunch of pillows on the floor in a corner.

Take a peek at over a dozen builder floor plans where it’s easy to include your ‘man cave’.

If you’re looking at North Carolina mountain homes for now or in the future, be sure to see our friendly neighborhood in Lenoir.  Nestled on five miles of picturesque Johns River riverfront, we offer ideal access to everything the area has to offer including nearby Wilson Creek.  You’ll never be at a loss for something to do or see or experience.  And we’re convenient to all the shopping, dining, medical and education venues you need to be part of your life.

Our design team can help you create the ideal home that encompasses an ideal man cave and any other special features that will help to make your life here the very best it can be.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine.

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Mountain Architecture Ideas – Western North Carolina

Building a mountain home gives you the an incredible opportunity, not only to invest it with your own sense of taste, but to incorporate bold design elements that make the most of your breathtaking surroundings. Typically, that means using natural materials wherever possible, an application MossCreek, a Knoxville Tennessee architectural firm, commonly applies in their designs. Natural materials include stone, timber, metals and glass. By doing so, you can create a unique environment that’s more at one with these elements that richly define your property.  It’s a look that’s sometimes termed “rustic elegance”.

Mountain homes are popular in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  At best, the exteriors are so attuned to nature that they look as if they’ve grown out of the ground.  And why not?  In this part of the country, the layered mountain views, clear night skies and lush green forests are the real stars of the show.  Because these panoramas are so spectacular, North Carolina mountain homes tend not to be large, symmetrical, obtrusive structures.  They take advantage of the trees, boulders and other land features by designing around them and even making them a part of outdoor living areas with decks or terraces.

Perhaps you’ll be building a mountain home near one of the picturesque rivers or waterfalls that define this part of the country.  You’ll want to plan and orient your layout to make the most of that location.  Building in a variety of levels and carefully-placed windows can give you that flexibility.  And the broad, sheltering roofs of multi-level homes that follow the lay of the terrain create an attractive cascading appearance while providing effective protection against winter snow, spring rain and summer sun.

In gated communities near Asheville, NC, you’ll find that mountain homes utilize bigger and bolder columns, beams, rafters and other structural elements for maximum protection against heavy snow loads.  These are typically Douglas fir and/or reclaimed wood.  Roofs may be constructed of cedar shakes or slate, sometimes with copper accents.  The siding is likely to be cedar (boards, shake shingles or logs) and stone. Recycled barn wood is sometimes employed for a more rustic look. Windows often have wood or metal clad (aluminum, copper or bronze) frames, which can include an aged patina for an older appearance.

Interiors of mountain homes should also include as many natural materials and forms as possible, along with warm, earth tone colors.  The ideal effect is more rustic than the look of a typical home and can be described as “old world” in appearance.

Landscaping is also an important element to consider.  The orientation of your home on the site needs to achieve maximum privacy, minimal visibility, and minimized grading and disruption of natural drainage. Water runoff should be contained, and enhancing the natural landforms and vegetation is encouraged.  Retaining walls are ideally kept to a minimum, to preserve a natural look as well as to keep costs down. Natural stone is the preferred material, and vegetation will help them to blend in.

The site can also include native hardscaping (patios, walkways), and minimal walls, fences and gates. Everything should look open and natural, and relate to the building. A good architect or landscape architect will know some good tricks to help you accomplish your goal.

As you have seen, the goal in building North Carolina mountain homes is to achieve a perfect balance between nature and architecture.  MossCreek designs suggested at The Coves, offer a remarkable selection of luxurious log, timber and hybrid frame floor plans that are easy to build and affordable to meet your family’s individual needs.

We invite you to visit and tour The Coves Mountain River Club. Here you’ll see some great examples of how a well-planned and well-crafted mountain home can blend in perfectly with the outdoor lifestyle here in the Western North Carolina foothills. We have a variety of homesites for sale to show you too. From large riverfront acreage, private wooded estates to pastoral property with beautiful mountain views. Our homesites begin in the high $30’s. From start to finish, you’ll find it is possible to build a new mountain home in the $300’s.

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.

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir