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2017 Morganton Festival – TGIF Concert Series

Morganton festival

The summer months are ripe with events that provide fun for the whole family. Mountain festivals bring music, art, and culture from all over the nation – and have something for everyone, no matter how niche the interest. The Historic Morganton Festival’s TGIF Concert series, which ran from May 5 through July 28th, held performances every Friday from regional and local country music acts. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

This coming fall, The Historic Morganton Festival will run from September 8 – 9th. Founded in 1981, the festival has since expanded to include 4 stages and over a mile-and-a-half of arts & craft vendors. Patrons can enjoy a variety of free music and dance performances, including clowns for the younger crowd, and even participate in 5k & 10k run. Here’s the lowdown:

Friday, September 8:

  • City Stage will feature performances from national acts. Crawford & Power will perform 6:30-7:30pm, Tanya Williams will sing the National Anthem at 7:30, and The Swon Brothers will play from 8:00-11:00pm.
  • Coors Light Stage (located in the Beer Garden) will feature performances from popular local and regional bands. The TGIF Open Mic Band (to be announced) will perform 7:00-9:00pm, followed by Throwdown Jones from 9:30-midnight.
  • Pepsi Stage (located in the Teen Zone) will feature a variety of regional dance studios and performers. The Dance Factory will perform at 5:30pm, followed by Studio K at 7:30.
  • Kid Zone Stage + Rovers will feature a variety of acts from clowns to musicians throughout both days of the festival. These performers can be located throughout the festival grounds and are not limited to Kid Zone Stage. Be on the lookout for musical performances from Sherrill Keever, Alan Darveaux, Jon Dana, Jeff Haslam, and Molly Barrett; Twist the Balloon Man; and Gravity Check Juggling.

Saturday, September 9:

  • The Sunrise Run will take place at Catawba Meadows Park, rain or shine. Registration for the 5k & 10k race is from 6:30-7:30 am with the race starting at 8:00 am. Registration for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is from 8:00-9:00 am with the race starting at 9:30 am.
  • City Stage will feature performances from Andrew Combs (7:00-8:00pm), Taylor Hensley (8:00-8:30pm), and Brothers Osborne (8:30-10:00pm.)
  • Coors Light Stage will feature performances from Gotcha Groove (5:40-7:30pm) and Porch 40 (8:00-10:00pm).
  • Pepsi Stage will feature performances from Sandy Beach Shag Club (9:30 am), Lani Reece (10:30 am), Locobots (12:30 pm), Tumblemania (2:30 pm), Sherri’s School of Dance (3:30 pm), Debbie Huffman Dance Academy (4:30 pm), The Dance Factory (5:30 pm), and Studio K (6:30 pm).
  • Kid Zone Stage + Rovers will feature performances by Twist the Balloon Man, Mark Lippard, Gravity Check Juggling, along with an opportunity to meet Peppa Pig at the Chamber Commerce (10:30 am).

If you’re looking for more to do in Morganton, check out the Downtown Morganton restaurant scene. Morganton, one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina, is rich with small businesses and family-owned restaurants – including breweries, wineries, coffee shops, cafes, and more.

Root & Vine (139 West Union ST) combines scratch preparations with traditional French technique and southern practicalities to create delicious fare. They offer a full bar including 42 craft beers, 20+ bottled beers, 100+ wine offerings, and a unique list of cocktails.

Wisteria Gastropub (108 E Meeting ST) is a true farm-to-table experience where classic Southern cuisine meets fabulous new twists. Patrons can enjoy seasonally inspired menus with fresh meats and produce from locally owned farms and sustainable sources. A full bar, live music, and a light night bar is also offered.

Treat Restaurant and Bar (100 W Sterling ST) is known is known for its wide variety of menu offerings, served with a “layered eating” Tapas style flare. The restaurant and bar boasts a menu that features hand-crafted specials created and rotated seasonally, along with a hand-picked signature beer and wine selection. Be sure to check out these Morganton NC restaurants and more.

Morganton is located in Western North Carolina, and is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Area. The mountain town is also conveniently located near one of the best gated mountain communities in the area, The Coves Mountain River Club. Only a twenty-minute drive away, Morganton’s close proximity to The Coves adds another venue to a fun and relaxing life in the foothills.

After a long day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, residents can sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest their own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden. Equestrians can also board their horses at the Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails.

Come meet the neighbors, tour our beautiful mountain homes, check out the lifestyle amenities, and see what The Coves can offer you.

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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Why Horse Lovers Choose Equestrian Communities in North Carolina

There’s nothing like finding activities that tend to both our bodies and our souls that we can enjoy every day. For many who have been fortunate enough to live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, there’s no end to the activities and recreation that are available year round.  This is why so many are building in the mountains, choosing mountain property and bringing their dream house to fruition.  It’s no surprise that the equestrian communities have discovered the splendor of North Carolina too. What could be better than combining your love for horses with a love of mountain land?

Health Benefits

The perks of horse ownership and riding are no secret.  There’s been plenty of research that has shown the health benefits of an equestrian lifestyle. Just as we know how healing our relationships with our cats or dogs can be, the same is true for the bond we share with our horses.  Those who study history dating back to the Ancient Greeks recognize this is no new thing.  Today there are therapeutic riding programs for children and adults who have various physical, mental and emotional needs.  When riders learn to connect with the horse, they gain an understanding of trust and connection, as well as how to learn, grow, and adapt to new situations.  The physical benefits are equally essential–improving balance, strength, coordination and often times alleviating chronic pain.

Scenic Beauty

No wonder there’s been a growth of equestrian communities across the country as well as for those living in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Our serene mountain setting is ideal for horse owners. Shaded forests, babbling streams and gentle topography provide plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and immerse in the great outdoors. Our barn borders community gardens, a community park and waterfall and the Johns River. If you are considering building in the mountains, The Coves is an idyllic spot to settle down and saddle up.

Full Boarding Services

Round Mountain Ranch is where it all comes together at The Coves.  Our gorgeous red barn is situated along the Johns River, with high vaulted ceilings, a padded floor, tack room and fifteen acres of pasture for the horses to roam.  We know how to tend to the horse lovers in the community; in addition to its full-service equestrian center, parcels are available–ranging from four and a half to thirty acres–including improved pastures from an acre to more than four.  Talk about a dream come true—the perfect mountain home with enough land to board your own horse!  The Coves designed their equestrian parcels carefully, so many are graced with spring-fed streams to quench your horse’s thirst.  For horse lovers building in the mountains who desire boarding on their home site, but need a little help with care, assistance is available from Round Mountain Ranch. This way you’re still free to travel and pursue the other passions in your life. Having an equestrian center within the neighborhood means having a restroom, wash room, tack room, feed area, arenas, and security at the barn.

Groomed Horse Trails

Those days when you are staying at home at The Coves, there are thirteen miles of well-tended horse trails that meander through parks, and past four waterfalls that give you a reason to pause and be thankful. Highland River Trail is ten miles from the lodge, traversing to the Johns River where Mila Cascading Falls ends the gorgeous ride.  Magnolia Trail is three climbing miles to an elevation of 100 feet, providing a bird’s eye view of the Johns Rivers, and concludes at Coleton’s Swimming Hole for a refreshing dip. There’s plenty explore without ever leaving your neighborhood.   

Are you looking to be part of one of North Carolina’s equestrian communities?  Our equestrian center provides the latest technology, vet services, farriers, chiropractors, message therapists, dental vets, lessons, select feed service, turn out, pasture rotation, and round-pen training.  If you are considering the gated communities near Asheville NC, look no further.  Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves would certainly be the desired home for your four-legged best friend.

Mild Four Season Weather

Our mild four season weather creates an ideal environment for those who don’t like to take long breaks from riding during the harsh winter and for those who prefer to be outdoors instead of training inside an arena. Ride through fields of wild flowers in the spring, to our swimming hole in the summer, through the colorful forest during the fall foliage season or see a different perspective riding in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees.

Horse Socials

There’s nothing better than bonding with your horse while bonding with other horse enthusiasts.  Like sharing stories and horse care tips. Living in an equestrian community provides convenient opportunities to trail ride with neighbors who also own a horse at The Coves. Our relaxed environment to make this all possible, so be sure to come visit and discover the benefits of an equestrian center within your neighborhood.

If you have a horse or are thinking of purchasing a horse, come tour Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700!

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Become a Beekeeper, Brewer or Mixologist Near Lenoir

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Back when we were kids, seems like everyone was always asking what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. “What will you be when you grow up? Fireman, ballerina, doctor, nurse?” They made it seem like we had to pick just one.

These days, with the benefit of age and wisdom on our side, we’ve got this life thing pretty much figured out. Now when someone asks us what we want to do with the rest of our lives, the answer is “What don’t we want to do!” Or as some folks like to say, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Thanks to lifelong learning programs like the ones you find in the mountain towns in North Carolina, it’s easier than ever to keep on dreaming, keep on learning, keep on doing the things you’ve always wanted to do. Want to be a beekeeper? Brew your own beer? Learn a new language? You’ve come to the right place!

Like all the best goings-on in the uniquely charming NC mountain communities, even personal enrichment comes with that distinctive mountain-town flair. You’ll find some truly extraordinary learning opportunities here – like beekeeping classes! Yup, we’re serious. Our local college really does offer them! Along with classes in beer-brewing, mixology, motorcycle safety, and plenty of other topics that appeal to mountain lovers of all ages.

If you’re a lifelong learner who knows the value of expanding your horizons, you’ll want to sign up for one of these fun and stimulating courses at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. They’re offered as part of the college’s continuing education program. You may already be familiar with the two CCC&TI campuses in Hudson and Boone. Maybe your kids or grandkids are among the 16,000 students who study each year at CCC&TI, where academic programs range from business to law enforcement to liberal arts to nuclear medicine technology.

But did you know this 53-year-old educational institution also offers personal enrichment courses for those of us who want to keep on learning well into our retirement years? CCC&TI’s motto is Educational Opportunities for All. Their mission to “foster academic and civic enrichment” includes a focus on lifelong learning. And that’s great news for all of us!

If you’re ready to learn new skills or sharpen the ones you already have, be sure to check out CCC&TI’s personal enrichment courses, which are offered throughout the year on both campuses. Online registration makes it easy to get started. Current offerings include:

·     BEEKEEPING
This short course is getting a lot of buzz! Students are introduced to the basics of hobby beekeeping. They’ll learn about the different types of bees, basic beehive and frame construction, beekeeping tools, hive management, and honey production.

·     CRAFT BREWING
Cheers! This course teaches the fundamentals of beer and the brewing process, including basic ingredients, brewing and fermentation, bottling, sanitation and cleaning methods, tasting and critique.

·     MIXOLOGY
Want to know more about the art and craft of mixing drinks? This course will teach you how to make a variety of mixed drinks, from the classic favorites to the more exotic cocktails, and will let you in on some of the best tricks of the trade!

·     LANGUAGE LEARNING
Both American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish classes are currently offered. The introductory ASL course is designed for students who want to work with the Deaf community or learn how to communicate with deaf family or friends. The Spanish classes are offered at three levels: Conversational I, Conversational II, and Spanish for Healthcare Providers.

·     MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
Get yer motor runnin’… Join one of three class levels – Basic, Experienced, Advanced – to sharpen your safety skills, master the rules of the road, and learn the best strategies for minimizing risk when you ride. 

·     DEFENSIVE DRIVING
It’s always a good idea to brush up on the basics of good driving, and this 4-hour course (offered weekly) can help you do it. It may also help you reduce the charges on certain traffic violations in any county that recognizes the NC Safety and Health Council program.

The Hudson campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is located on 98 acres off Highway 321 in Hudson NC. This is where you’ll want to take your courses if you live in, NC mountain communities near Lenoir, Granite Falls, or Hickory. If you’re closer to Boone or Blowing Rock, you may want to study at the Watauga campus, located off Highway 105 on Community College Drive. There’s also a Continuing Education Center on Bamboo Road in Boone. Whichever location you choose, you’re guaranteed a fun and memorable learning experience at a college that’s committed to learning excellence and educational opportunities for all.

Mountain living means waking up every day knowing the sky’s the limit. And when you live under a crystal Blue Ridge sky in one of the many lovely gated communities near Asheville NC – like those in Lenoir, Hickory, Blowing Rock, or Boone – you’ll awake each day to a life of truly extraordinary opportunities.

Lifelong learning in Lenoir is particularly wonderful when you’re living at The Coves Mountain River Club. This is a vibrant community of mountain lovers who know how to live life to the fullest. That’s why they’ve chosen a dream home in the foothills of NC, where beautifully designed estates with spacious floor plans offer long-range views of Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and Pisgah National Forest, guaranteeing a picturesque indulgence out every window or private wooded estates set in a forest.

Folks living at The Coves relish their social and recreational activities year-round in this mountain-river paradise, where the neighborhood lodge, community garden and vineyard, and exercise facility provide dozens of ways to socialize with neighbors and friends. Unless, of course, you’re in the mood for peace and solitude, in which case, a glorious escape to the horse stables, some sun salutations on a yoga mat at waterfall park, or a leisurely walk with the family pup along miles of hiking and biking trails might be the order of the day.

And when it’s time to follow up with homework from last night’s personal enrichment class at CCC&TI, The Coves residents might choose to read their course materials in the shade of a quiet garden gazebo, or practice their new mixology skills by hosting a tasting party with neighbors at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge. We’re pretty sure they’ll be more than happy to sample an exotic cocktail or two!

The adage is true – If you can dream it, you can do it! And there’s no better place to dream or to do than The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to this one-of-a-kind gated mountain community where new and exciting opportunities are yours for the taking, and beautiful Blue Mountain horizons are yours to broaden!

If you’re exploring real estate in the mountain towns in North Carolina for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Relocation Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills.

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Solar Eclipse August 2017 – See it from The Coves

solar eclipse august 2017

Imagine watching the moon cover the sun in a total solar eclipse from high up on a mountaintop, surrounded by family, friends, and the beautiful outdoors. On August 21, visitors and residents alike will have the chance to experience a rare solar eclipse – the first in 26 years – near Asheville, NC. The once-in-a-lifetime nature of this event will stargazers and nature lovers from all over the world to the mountain towns in North Carolina. Given the many locations to view the eclipse, there is simply no excuse not to attend.

It’s no secret that the stars look better from the Western Carolina mountains than any other place in the world. Living in the Western NC mountains provides unparalleled stargazing opportunities, including that of the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights. The Brown Mountain Lights are a series of red, circular ghost lights that can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway and from the Brown Mountain Overlook between Morganton and Linville, NC.

If you’re looking for a view of both the stars and nighttime skylines of surrounding towns, The Thunder Hill Overlook, located between mileposts 290 and 291 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is the perfect place. Just beside the parkway, the Green Mountain Overlook provides the perfect view of the Milky Way, Ursa Majora, and other breathtaking constellations. Additionally, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Brown Mountain Overlook are two places where one can view the upcoming solar eclipse.

Another perfect location to view the eclipse is at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Built an elevation of 1,700 feet, the clubhouse offers a 360-degree view of the night sky. Residents can spend time in the infinity-view swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, and enjoy the view from the living room that faces Grandfather Mountain. The top level of the lodge has floor-to-ceiling glass with a large kitchen, great room, and lending library.

On the lower level, residents can make use of the fitness center – which has its own locker room, showers, and fitness class area and game room equipped with ping-pong and pool tables. Table Rock, Adams Knob, and Brown Mountain can be clearly seen from the lodge as well. The sunset over the mountains is nothing short of breathtaking, and millions of stars are visible at night.

The Pisgah Mountain Lodge is one of the many amenities that The Coves Mountain River Club, one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, has to offer. After a long day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, residents can sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest their own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden.

Equestrians can also board their horses at Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails. Our equestrian director, Mona Houston, is one of the finest you’ll ever meet.

The Coves is more than just a neighborhood – it’s a vibrant community set in a mountain paradise.

Start marking your calendars for the August 2017 Solar Eclipse! Don’t miss the chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty that our galaxy has to offer.

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Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir

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We are lucky to live in a region of North Carolina that holds tight to our rich traditions and creative spirit.  Arts, crafts and sculpture are all near and dear to our hearts and they often come to reflect our personalities as we decorate our mountain homes near Asheville NC.

If you’re craving an old-fashioned sort of outing, and searching for things to do in Lenoir NC, a visit to Bolick and Traditions Pottery should certainly be top on your list. Conveniently located just south of Blowing Rock, the scenic nature of this property alone is reason to visit.  Tucked into the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, the farm will transport you to another time, with an old-fashioned village, two pottery shops, and the serenity of a flowing mountain stream.

Several worthwhile events happen here throughout the year, for those of you who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, such as their well-known kiln openings, or the foot-tapping mountain music and lively dancing on summer Sundays.

Incredible artists display their fine work at Bolick and Traditions.  Both galleries are chock full of functional, decorative and folk art pottery. Two of these artists are Mike and Janet Calhoun who were married in 1986. Mike soon learned the art of pottery, which allowed him to channel his creativity and imagination into his artisan face jugs.

For those who travel from their mountain homes near Asheville NC –Santas, Wizards, Clay Spirits and Cry Babies are some of the most popular of Mike’s creations. Our region is seeped with moonshine history. Moonshine tours are popular for locals and tourists alike, highlighting some of the most ingenious folks and where they made their popular liquor.   Mike’s jugs are a great way to pay homage to the history of moonshine, but there’s plenty more–handmade pottery, teapots, mugs, bowls, pitchers, and candlesticks.

There are many reasons to visit Bolick and Traditions Pottery when you’ve got that free day stretched before you and you need some fun things to do in Lenoir NC.  The last Saturday of every June, they have an incredible tradition, the Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening that many with mountain homes near Asheville NC attend.

In its 26th year, this past June 24th did not disappoint with live entertainment, music played by The Dollar Brother, The Martin Laurel Band (bluegrass and gospel) as well as Glenn Bolick and Friends, Denny Key, Bruce Hill, Connie Trivette, Gail Evans, Vicki Shell, and Janet Calhoun.   Storytelling by Frawley and Orville Hicks also kept folks spellbound. Their write up describes it perfectly: “The purpose of the event is to educate the public on some of the traditional ways of life. Through demonstrations of heritage arts, crafts, and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked, and entertained.”

The festival featured regional artists who demonstrated, educated, and sold their works. These potters create the same shapes that have been in their families for more than 190 years as well as creating their own unique designs. Charlie Glenn was in attendance, demonstrating and selling his handmade instruments, and the talented John Peterson had his banjos for sale as well.

Admission was free and the festivities lasted all day from ten until four.  The wood kiln, otherwise known as the groundhog wood kiln, which uses the method of firing without electricity, was filled with face jugs, owl mugs, sculpted chickens, Rebekah pitchers, hand-formed animals, teapots, vases, pitchers and more.  Those who got there early had the best selection.

The shops were also bustling with people, many who live in the gated communities of Asheville NC, browsing for more pottery, and additional arts and craft items such as quilts, goat milk soaps and lotion, leather, iron and wood works.  “We love to offer local and US made items such as sterling silver, and aluminum jewelry from NC, Lula N Lee jewelry from Texas, and wall art from P. Graham Dunn with an inspirational flair.

Soaps, lotions, honeys, and candles are also offered from local artists, and craftsman,” their website describes. All pottery is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe and all glazes are lead-free for convenience and good health. For those who love to quilt, there was an interactive quilting party and a Gee Haw Whimmie Diddle Contest.  Plenty of delicious food was served, so there was no need to bring coolers—only chairs were needed to kick back in a comfortable spot to enjoy the celebration.

When you’re in the mood for new things to do in Lenoir NC, just take the short trip to 1155 Main Street, where you can find Original Owens Pottery, and gifts from Natural Life, Demdaco, Savannah Bee Company, Chala and Mona-B fashion and handbags, plus a bounty of handmade jewelry, soaps, lotions and candles. “The shop in Blowing Rock is more than a pottery fix. We blend casual clothing, accessories, and other needful things for the home, body, & spirit.

Trendy clothing like flowing vests, crochet ponchos, and wraps. Our selection of handbags include animal themes and up-cycled material that are fashionable, and affordable,” their website describes.  They make it easy for those who can’t make the trip in person. You can shop online for convenience or get out and visit one of their festive wood kiln openings if you live in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Calls can be made for availability, pricing and orders.  In addition, Mike’s jugs are available on Pinterest.

For those of you who just can’t get enough pottery, there are North Carolina Pottery Shows in March, April and October—opportunities to browse and shop for personal gifts throughout the year.  March brings the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival in the Hickory Metro Center.  April means spring and Merlefest at the Wilkes Community College–easy to find in the Heritage Craft Tent.  And autumn is the time to celebrate the North Carolina State Fair located in the Village of Yesteryear in October.  Mark these shows on your calendar and bring your friends and family.

Living at The Coves Mountain River Club affords endless possibilities to inspire your creative side while finding those perfect unique artistic pieces to make your charming mountain house feel like home.  The Blue Ridge Mountains lend a stunning backdrop to The Coves, just beyond your door, and with a short drive you can explore and take in the creations of so many talented and valued artists in our region and perhaps be inspired to be creative yourself.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery can be found at 4443 Bolick Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; Phone: (828) 295-5099

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sunday: 1pm-5pm.

While you’re in town, be sure to stop by The Coves. We’ll take you up to our mountaintop lodge and show you around.

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 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.

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir