July 2012 08
A monthly publication of the Asheville Home Builders Association
Why The 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage is Important
PWB Beer Tasting & Today’s historically-low mortgage interest rates are good news for both prospective and current
home owners. Families looking to buy can afford more home for their money, and home owners
Silent Auction may be able to refinance their mortgages and lower their monthly payments or tap into their home’s
equity to pay for expenses such as school tuition for their children or a major renovation.
6 pm - 8 pm But the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage — the primary housing financing tool for most Americans
— is being threatened. Some members of Congress are pushing to end the federal backstop for
Highland Brewing Company
housing. Without a federal role to absorb market risk, private lenders would increase interest rates
Tickets $20 in advance and fees on all types of available financing options, including the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage.
$25 at the door
See Page 8 for details During the Great Depression, the national homeownership rate was well under 50 percent and
buyers were often forced to finance their homes with a 50 percent downpayment on a five-year
balloon mortgage. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage came about as a result of President Franklin
Upcoming Events Roosevelt’s New Deal policies and played a pivotal role in helping to increase the national
homeownership rate so that today two out of three Americans own a home.
Parade of Homes The 30-year loan is the most popular and sustainable mortgage in the marketplace for many
Extended Deadline reasons, including:
• Affordability. Thirty year terms lock in low monthly payments, allowing households
AHBA Office with average incomes to comfortably budget for their home loan.
See page 6 for details • Inflation protection. Knowing their monthly housing costs will remain the same year
in and year out regardless of whether interest rates rise provides households with a
sense of financial security and also acts as a hedge against inflation.
• Long-term planning. Many young buyers know that as their incomes rise, their
July 17 mortgage payment will stay constant and take up less of their monthly budget,
New Member Orientation which will enable them to save for other costs like their children’s school tuitions and
3:30 - 4:30 pm retirement.
AHBA Office • Tax advantages. In most instances, all of the interest and property taxes a home
See page 2 for details owner pays in a given year can be deducted from their gross income, reducing their
taxable income. This can result in thousands of dollars of tax savings, especially in the
early years of a 30-year mortgage when interest makes up most of the payment.
July 26 Economists agree that there can be no sustainable
Basic Foundation Estimating economic recovery until the housing market
rebounds. A sound housing finance system that
provides a stable and affordable supply of credit
See page 2 for details for home buyers and rental housing is essential
to ensure a healthy housing market, to keep
standard 30-year fixed-rate loans and adjustable
rate mortgages readily accessible and affordable,
to spur job creation and to maintain a strong and
September 21 - 23, 2012
To learn more about the threats to homeownership WNC Ag Center
and how to take action to protect it, contact the Contact the AHBA to Reserve
Asheville HBA or go to www.protecthomeownership. your Booth Today!
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2012 AHBA Parade of Homes Meeting
Thursday, July 5 @ 3:30 pm
Board of Directors AHBA Office
James Bound, President Membership Committee Meeting
Greencraft, Inc. Tuesday, July 10 @ 3:30 pm
Skip Brewer, Immediate Past President Board of Directors Meeting
C. Skip Brewer AMB, CGP, Custom Builder Thursday, July 12 @ 3 pm
Steve Wallin, 1st Vice President Events
Custom Homes of Asheville, Inc. PWB Beer Tasting and Silent
Christopher Fox, 2nd Vice President
July 19, 6-8 pm
Christopher Fox Builders
Highland Brewing Company
Come out and support the PWB
Chris Brock, Treasurer scholarship fund with a silent auction.
Brock Builders For more information visit www.
James Carr, Mountain Town Carpentry ashevillehba.com/pwb. Advanced
Tickets $20, $25 at the door.
Kate Duinkerken, Duinkerken Homes, Inc.
Renee Maxwell, Progress Energy New Member Orientation Basics of Foundation Estimating
Stuart Ray, JS Ray Construction July 17, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm July 26, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
AHBA Office AHBA Office
Jennifer Duvall, Asheville Savings Bank RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org This free class will focus on the basic elements
*New members are required to attend a of information needed for foundation estimat-
Chuck Cloninger, Ward and Smith, PA new Member Orientation as part of the ing, how to use them, and common pitfalls that
application process. can be experienced, particularly with mountain
Mike Benito, Build It Naturally, Inc. topography. This course is open to all members
Jason Weil, Retro + Fit Design, LLC Instructed By: Skip Brewer, C. Skip Brewer
AMB, CGP, Custom Builder
Kris Chapman, Brand Vaughan Lumber of RSVP to email@example.com
Kitchen Appliance Upgrades that Shine
A new NAHB survey shows that as home owners decide to stay in their current homes longer
due to the down housing market, they are pushing kitchen and bathroom upgrades to the
top of their wish lists. Both kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects were up 17% from two
years ago, with kitchen remodels cited as a common job by 69% of remodelers.
Executive Officer Two NAHB Leading Suppliers Council members show how two high-end kitchen upgrades
Caroline Purcell Sutton can appeal to both the current home owner as well as potential home buyers down the road.
Dishwashers Provide Both Efficiency and Beautiful Design in the Kitchen
Director of Member Services &
Special Events Part of this growing trend is a demand for a kitchen that is both energy-efficient and beautifully
Christi Stokes designed.
Take, for example, the dishwasher. Dishwashers made before 1994 waste $40 a year on energy
Marketing & Development costs compared to newer Energy Star-qualified designs. By upgrading to a newer Energy
Coordinator Star-rated model that uses “smart” features such as effective washing action, energy-efficient
Emily Funk motors, and sensors that determine the appropriate cycle length and water temperature, home
firstname.lastname@example.org owners are likely to use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard.
Office Hours For the ultimate in energy savings, the Bosch 800 Plus dishwasher is the most energy- and
water-efficient, using two gallons of water per cycle and 97% less energy than the federal
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm standard. Tell your clients that replacing their old machine with this one could save enough
Phone: 828-299-7001 money to pay for dishwasher detergent for an entire year.
Email: email@example.com While home owners want efficiency and functionality in their appliances, the design of an
appliance can also greatly affect the sale of a kitchen remodel.
www.AshevilleHBA.com As the kitchen takes center stage for gathering and entertaining, appliances that seamlessly
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[ Monthly message ]
Don’t Get Caught Watchin the Paint Dry!
President’s Message by James Bound, Greencraft Inc.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Annual “Night at the Asheville Tourists” event last month! It was great to
see everyone having a great time and to see spouses and children of our members. With over 200 in attendance a
big thanks to Caroline, Christi and Emily for coordinating everything!
This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the AHBA Parade of Homes and this year’s event is really starting to come
together. We’ve already passed a few deadlines for entries and with only one remaining we are pleased to say that
to-date we already have 15 entries which is more entries than last year! The Parade is such a great opportunity for you as a member and is
truly a top benefit to being a member. I hope that if you have not been involved in the past that you will take the time to talk to a builder or an
associate who has participated in past years to get an idea of the opportunity that this event presents. You still have time to submit an ad, enter
a house, a special project, or a home that you want to advertise in the “Coming Soon” section and you can find all the details online at www.
ashevillehba.com/paradeHomes.php or by calling our staff at
828-299-7001. The July 12 deadline is fast approaching – don’t miss out!
This month the PWB will be hosting their Annual Beer Tasting & Silent Auction event to raise money for their Scholarship Fund. Thanks to the
PWB for organizing what is sure to be another great night of fundraising to help support local young adults who are pursuing higher education
within the construction industry. My wife and I are really looking forward to the event and promise to try and not win so much this year!! Please
jump online and buy your tickets and come out to this awesome event. Visit ashevillehba.com/pwb to purchase tickets online for $20 or you can
purchase at the door the night of the event for $25 – and also check out the PWB Ladies video promoting the event online as well. I’m looking
forward to seeing you all on July 19th at Highland Brewing Company.
I hope everyone has been able to continue to stay focused on the positive signs in our industry here in Asheville. And, I hope you aren’t
watching too much national news! To quote Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch in the 1986 movie Hoosiers when he had the team run the picket fence in
the last seconds of the game - “Now, boys, don’t get caught watchin the paint dry!”. You’ve all seen that classic movie! It’s a great message.
A small town team that doesn’t lose their focus in spite of the big stage and the distractions that are all around them. There are many very
positive signs here in Asheville in our industry that aren’t consistent with what is happening on the national level. I encourage everyone not
to be distracted by issues facing many larger metropolitan areas. Asheville is a small town and the real estate and construction markets are
in much better shape here than in many parts of the country. It’s time to get more involved with the AHBA. Stay focused and prepared for an
up-tick in business and strong sales over the next 6-12months!
Stay focused on the positive!
PWB Silent Auction
and Beer Tasting
This year marks the 3rd annual PWB Silent Auction and Beer Tasting benefiting the PWB Scholarship fund. The Professional Woman in Building
Council invites you to check out several of the great items that will be included in the silent auction. A Special thanks to all the companies that
contributed items to make this event possible as well as to Platinum Level Sponsor Storm Ruhm Bar & Bistro for donating the Catering!
Diamond Level Sponsor
Donations Valued over $500 Gold Level Sponsor
Donations Valued between $100-$199
Blue Mountain Stained Glass Asheville Strength & Conditioning
$500 Gift Certificate for one Stained Glass Design & Membership
Fabrication Beckett Plumbing
Bobcat of Asheville Two Handled Faucet with Drain
Free Weekend Rental fo Bobcat Loader or Excavator Benbow & Associates
Modus Operandi Design, PLLC Custom Cutting Board
Custom Architectural Design of 6’x8’ playhouse or 3’x4’ dog Biltmore Estate
Two Tickets to the Biltmore House
One year regular business membership to RelyLocal Asheville
with 3 month banner ad placement on www.relylocalasheville.com. Private Pilates Lesson
Final Touch Cleaning
Platinum Level Sponsor
Frankie Bones Gift Card
Donations Valued between $200-$400
Geaux Girl Concierge, Taryn Gentry
A Simple Move, Trish Meller
4 Hours of Geaux Girl Time
Three hour Wardrobe Review or Room Reset
Green River Auto Service
BF Dunlap Photography
3 FREE Oil Changes
Two Hour Photo Session
Sheppard Insurance Group
Family Membership to NC Arboretum
Snow Creek Landscaping
Duinkerken Homes, Inc.
$100 Gift Certificate for Plants
The Colorful Palate, Inc
Catering Food for the Event
Mirabelle Bradenton Toilet
In the Spirit of Décor
Decorative Handmade Mirror Silver Level Sponsor
Donations Valued between $50-$99
A Piece of Furniture
Two T-Shirts & Two Beer Glasses
Living Stone Construction
Kathryn Greeley Designs
Industrial Grade Hand Pump
Gift Set & “The Collected Table” Book
Nova Kitchen and Bath
Linda Spry Design Interiors
43” Cultured Marble Countertop
Necklace & Earring Set
Retro+Fit Design LLC.
Maria Aponte, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
LED Light Fixture - RAB 2 x 13 LED Pendant Lamp
Basket of Mary Kay Products
STORM Rhum Bar & Bistro
Mindy Green, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Catering Food for the Event
Mary Kay Gift Basket
The Grove Park In Resort & Spa
Regina Holder Photographer
Two Passes for a Round of Golf
Head Shot Portrait Session
Wildwater Adventure Center
Sears Commercial, Brenda Dunlap
Two Zipline Tickets & Two Rafting Tickets
Sears Gift Card
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[ builder issues ]
Bipartisan Lead Paint Bill would
Ease Regulatory Burdens without
Simply Wired, LLC Compromising Safety
Streaming Media Player Responding to concerns from the National Association of Home
The Joy of Jewelry Builders (NAHB) and affiliated trade groups, Reps. John Sullivan
(R-Okla.) Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and a bipartisan list of original co-
sponsors introduced legislation on June 12th to make much-needed
The Wine Studio of Asheville improvements to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Repair,
Gift Certificate for Tasting and Classes Renovation and Painting (LRRP) rule.
Thomas Family Chiropractic H.R. 5911, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, is
Chiropractic Office Visit similar to legislation (S. 2148) unveiled earlier this year in the Senate
by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and five other cosponsors that would
Tommy James and the Shondells
help home owners and remodelers to better comply with the costly
Autographed Biography and CD work practices and record keeping requirements of the rule without
Valet Gourmet compromising safety standards.
Gift Certificate “We commend Reps. Sullivan and Murphy for championing this bill
that will not only make the EPA’s lead paint rule more workable, but
Bronze Level Sponsor continue to protect pregnant women and small children,” said 2012
Donations Valued between $10-$50 NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS,
A Show of Hands Salon, Regina Lauffer GMR, a remodeler from Elm Grove, La. “This legislation will provide
Gift Card for Manicure families greater flexibility to decide on their own remodeling activities
and give them the peace of mind of knowing sound safeguards remain
First Restoration Services in place to protect against lead hazards.”
Asheville Tourist Tickets
Additional co-sponsors include Reps. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa),
Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Frank
Gift Card Lucas (R-Okla.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and James
Lirica Salon Lankford (R-Okla.)
Gift Certificate to Lirica Salon The LRRP rule, which took effect on April 22, 2010, requires that
Sears Commercial, Brenda Dunlap remodelers and contractors working in homes built before 1978 be
trained and certified by the EPA on lead-safe work practices before
Sears Gift Card
they can legally work in those homes.
Tree & Vine
Picnic Gift Set Three months later, EPA removed the “opt-out” provision in the LRRP
that allowed remodelers working in a home built prior to 1978 to
forego more expensive work practices according to the owner’s wish
if no children under the age of six or pregnant women resided there.
About the P WB Fundraiser By removing the opt-out provision, EPA more than doubled the
number of homes subject to the LRRP. The agency has estimated this
The PWB Scholarship Fund has awarded will add more than $336 million per year in compliance costs to the
remodeling community, and more importantly, without making young
over $3500 in scholarships to students in our children any safer.
community who are persuing higher education
in a construction industry related field. Each year Further, EPA has failed to approve a test kit that meets the “false
the Professional Women in Building Council hosts positive” and “false negative” criteria stated in the regulation.
a fundraiser for the scholarship to help the next By failing to perform a study of lead exposure rates from work on
generation of building professionals! commercial and public buildings, the agency has also exceeded
its congressional mandate by starting the process of extending the
Are you interested in donating to the PWB Silent Auction? Information LRRP to those structures through an Advanced Notice of Proposed
on donating and purchasing advanced tickets can be found on the Rulemaking.
PWB website at www.AshevilleHBA.com/pwb
Both the House and Senate bills would address these concerns
and offer other reforms for EPA enforcement of the lead paint rule.
Specifically, the legislation would:
• Reinstate the opt-out provision to allow home owners without small
children or pregnant women residing in them – not the government
-- to decide whether to require LRRP compliance.
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[ member news ]
Share your accomplishments, awards, and announcements with
fellow members. Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will be glad to include it in the newsletter!
Chamber Challenge Runners PWB Accepting Donations for the 3rd Annual Auction
Special thanks to the AHBA members that participated in the Chamber The Professional Women in Building Council is now accepting donations
Challenge 5k on June 1st. This years team included Chris Brock of for the silent auction benefitting the PWB Scholarship fund. This year’s
Brock Builders, James Bound of GreenCraft Builders, Antonio Grion PWB Beer Tasting and Silent Auction will be held at the Highland
Builders First Source and Mike Bates from Living Stone Construction Brewing Company on July 19. Visit www.AshevilleHBA.com/pwb for
more information on donating and to purchase advanced tickets for
$20. Tickets at the door are $25.
Parade of Home Extended Deadline is July 12th
Are you planning on entering a home in the 2012 Parade of Homes?
Visit the Parade of Homes website at www.Ashevillehba.com/parade.
php to download your builder’s packet today to become involved in this
great consumer based event!
NCHBA hosts Members ONLY Section
NCHBA.com now has a Members Only Section. This site houses great
info for members on items such as the New Energy Code Changes,
NCBI Accreditations and more! Email email@example.com to get
a password for access today!
“Do Business with a Member” Campaign 2012
Membership in the AHBA offers many opportunities for developing
contacts and fostering long-lasting business relationships and
friendships. The AHBA encourages members not only to actively
associate with their industry colleagues, but more importantly, support
their fellow member businesses!
It is now even EASIER to register
Take a moment to share a recent experience that you have had in “Doing for many of the AHBA events and
Business with a Member.” This provides an opportunity to gain valuable
recognition amongst your industry peers for both your company and the
member companies you do business with. In 50 words or less, simply
provide a testimonial including Who was involved, What took place and
Why it was a positive experience. Simply Scan the QR Codes found on your
Member to Member testimonials will be recognized in the AHBA’s
postcards and mailers to be directed to
Monthly Newsletter and through Social Media (AHBA’s LinkedIn, the registration screen straight from your
Twitter, etc.). Submit your testimonial to the AHBA’s Marketing and
Development Coordinator, Emily Funk at marketing@ashevillehba. smart phone! Saving you time!
com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Home for Sale as a Free Listing You can download a FREE QR
The AHBA offers a free space for member builders to list their homes
code Scanner from the App
for Sale. Visit www.AshevilleHBA.com/homeforsale to get started with
this free tool! store!
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[ member news ]
The Parade of Homes is a long standing tradition in Western North Carolina that brings
local companies and builders together to showcase the craftsmenship within our area.
Make plans to attend this years Parade October 13-14 & 20-21.
Special Thanks to our Current Sponsors of the
2012 Parade of Homes
Featured Builder Presenting Sponsor
ACM Design, PA Carpet One Floor & Home
Brand Vaughan Lumber of Asheville ProBuild
Blue Mountain Glass Tucker Materals, Inc.
Build it Naturally, Inc
Friends of the Parade
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Solid Surface Specialists, LLC
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Parade of Homes? Call the AHBA
Office or Email Marketing@AshevilleHBA.com for more information on the gained
exposure of Sponsorship.
In the Know...
2012 Committees and Councils
Parade of Homes Committee Legislative Committee
Jason Weil Christopher Fox
The Parade of Homes Committee met the first Thursday of June. We The Legislative Committee hosted its first meeting of the year during the
approved additional awards for the Special Projects catagory. The month of February. As all of you are aware we are coming up on a big
committee spent lots of time working out some more details for the election year! BuildPac dollars will be in high demand as the committee
proposed Chefs on Parade coming in 2013. The first two deadlines for interviews local candidates and makes selections on who to support
submitting a home in the 2012 Parade of Homes have passed and we with BuildPac Reserve funds following the May Primary. There is still
have received quite a few entries. The extended deadline goes through time to get involved in the committee if you are interested. The next
July 12th and last minute entries will be accepted after the July 12th meeting will be March 22nd at 3pm at the office of Ward & Smith, PA.
deadline. Don’t forget, builder occupied homes may be submitted for We will be discussing our local issues and formulating our top priorities
the parade as well as special projects which can be an element of an for this legislative year. Contact the office for more details.
occupied home. Also, keep in mind if you have a home that won’t be
finished by October, you can enter our “Coming Soon” section to let the Lastly, our committee will be promoting another Ipad drawing to help
public know about homes that will be on the market or completed after raise funds for BuildPac. For every $20 donation you receive 1 ticket in
the Parade of Homes. the drawing, for every $50 donation you receive 3 tickets and for $100
donation you receive 7 tickets!
Thanks to all of you who participated and sponsored our recent Builder
Breakfast on Marketing and Branding. Our next FREE education
session will be open to all AHBA Members and will focus on the basics
of Foundation Estimating. Date: July 26th, 8:30-9:30am, at the AHBA
Offices. Depending on the interest level of participants, we may
offer an advanced class at a later date. Upcoming Builder Breakfast
Sessions are slated for OSHA Regulations, and Sales Tax/Related
Topic. Upcoming open education sessions for all AHBA Members are
slated to include NC Healthy Built Home/Energy Star and Customer
Expectations. Watch the AHBA Calendar for these events. As a
reminder, please RSVP early to any event you have interest in, and if
you have to cancel, please notify the office as quickly as possible, as
many times we have a waiting list for our free education sessions. I
hope you are having a great Summer!
The Membership Committee and the Social Committee is excited to
announce that there will be a Membership Appreciation Event later
this summer. The plans are in the works for a FUN AHBA event! Look
for more details to be announced throughout the summer but in the
meantime, be sure to mark your calendar for August 30th. There will
be free food & beverage, fun, a chance to introduce the association to
prospective members and more – we hope you will be able to come
As a member of the AHBA, you have access to some amazing savings
and discounts through the Member Advantage Program – one of the
MANY great benefits of membership! All you need is your NAHB PIN to
access these discounts offered through over 16 nationally recognized
companies including Lowe’s, Hertz, Dell, Office Depot and more.
For a complete list of discounts, visit http://www.ashevillehba.com/
advantageProgram.php and click on the “Pocket the Savings” logo.
We are pleased to report the AHBA’s current membership count is at
557 members including 188 Builders, 295 Associates and 74 Affiliate
Members. All members can rest assured that you are in a STRONG
association amongst our industry’s top professionals! Be sure to look
over the list of recently renewed members, pending members, new
members and the lapsed members list in this newsletter.
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Doing Double Duty [ member news ]
in the Home Office
As the trend toward smaller homes takes hold, interior merchandisers For example, there are many wall units now available with middle
are being challenged to incorporate home offices and workspaces sections that can be changed out to serve either a home entertainment
into smaller or nontraditional spaces. Fortunately, the shifting lifestyle or a home office function. The key is to select furnishings that are
choices that are driving this trend present perfect opportunities to let functional and flexible.
your creativity soar.
There always seems to be one space in every home that no one can
Examining the Trend figure out what to do with -- a wide hallway, a small alcove, a small
spot within a dormer window. At EYA’s Capitol Quarter community
Today’s home buyers are increasingly moving out of their McMansions in Washington, D.C., the recreation room does double duty with the
and searching for homes roughly 10 percent to 25 percent smaller. addition of a leaning desk with ample space for a laptop and a small
They still value ample space in kitchens and bedrooms. So the lamp.
reduction in square footage is coming from the rooms they use less
frequently, such as spare bedrooms, formal dining rooms and formal Home Offices Make the Move into Non-Traditional Spaces
living rooms. Depending on their needs, many will also sacrifice private
home office space in order to fulfill their needs for a smaller home. In today’s environment we are all doing more with less and this is
translating to the way home owners want to live in their homes. So
While the home office may be shrinking or re-imagined, however, it they either want to see inventive solutions or spaces that do double
is definitely not going away. American families still need a place to duty.
pay bills, organize schedules, do homework, work from home, and
the myriad other functions a home office serves. So how do interior So, where are all these non-traditional spaces we keep talking about?
merchandisers address this? They’re everywhere and anywhere your imagination wants to take
As homes continue to get smaller in size, it is essential to demonstrate
the flexibility of the home. By placing a desk in the window of a master In the kitchen: Create a space in the kitchen for a desk, a computer,
bedroom as shown in the Banneker II model at EYA’s Capitol Quarter and a file cabinet. If there is no space, use part of the kitchen island
community in Washington, D.C., the room takes on a new dimension or counter area for laptop space, and incorporate a file drawer into
and home buyers begin to see that they’re not losing space by the kitchen cabinetry. This allows home owners to check email while
downsizing; they’re doing more with the space they have. cooking dinner or watching the kids in the family room.
In the dining room: Formal dining rooms are seldom used these
Support for Smaller Spaces Has Arrived days. A nice computer armoire in the dining room allows the room to
double as a home office on a semi-permanent basis. The dining room
Whether you’re showing home offices in smaller rooms or in non- table can serve as a great work surface.
traditional spaces, the good news is that the technology and home Guest bedrooms: A typical guest room can easily double as a
furnishings manufacturers are on your side. home office. The clever use of cabinetry or built-ins allows you to put
everything away at the end of the day and still have room for a bed,
The latest technology makes it easier to not give over your house to providing guests with a place to sleep.
your office. It wasn’t long ago that a cordless phone was almost as Closets: A standard sized reach-in closet can easily become a
big as a toaster, laptop computers were prohibitively expensive, and functional work area by adding a desktop that can accommodate
PDAs were just an idea. In today’s wireless world we are no longer shelves above. Shut the closet doors and leave behind a day’s work
bound to a traditional home office. In fact, we often want access to the without seeing it until you return the next day.
Web to vote for our favorite reality show contestant while watching TV Unexpected spots: Be creative. There always seems to be one
or to carry on a text message conversation with a friend while cooking space in every home that no one can figure out what to do with - a
dinner. wide hallway, a small alcove under a staircase, a small spot within a
dormer, a butler’s pantry, or even a screened-in porch.
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PC of the past is quickly being replaced by portable laptops that only
take up 10 inches of desk space. Further, with wireless electronics,
peripherals like printers can reside in closets or basements. They
don’t even have to be in the same room or on the same floor to be You can pay your
accessed from the workspace.
membership dues with a Visa
At the same time, home furnishings manufacturers are responding or MasterCard! Call the
by offering smaller, more multi-purpose pieces. File storage ottomans
and hide-a-way computer cabinets are good examples. When you shut AHBA Office or pay online at
the doors on these units, the papers and equipment inside disappear www.ashevillehba.com!
and the onetime office returns to its beautiful dining or family room
function. Many furniture manufacturers are also keeping in step with 828-299-7001
our multi-tasking culture by creating innovative furniture designs that
can do more than one thing at a time.
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Doing Double Duty in Traditional Spaces, Too
Anything that shows an efficient use of space will appeal to prospective
A smaller home size doesn’t mean you have to do away with a private home buyers that are downsizing to conserve energy. Dress the space
home office space altogether. with a reclaimed wood desk and an Energy Star laptop, and you’ll
appeal to their conservative, humanitarian vision.
You can still put one in a spare bedroom or other space with a door. Cost Savings
But consider how you can make the most of that space. With the desk
taking up less room, you could add other furnishings — a loveseat, Those who are moving to streamline costs might appreciate a clever
oversized chair and table, bookshelves — and allow the office space workspace that folds down like a Murphy bed or any other and will also
to also function as a den or library. Incorporate crafting elements to turn put the workday behind them when they close the doors.
the room into a combination office/craft space. Or add a convertible
sofa and have it do double duty as a guest room. Family Togetherness
Once again, the keys are flexibility and functionality. As our Many parents are finding that the size of their homes keeps them
consciousness continues to shift toward conservation of resources, from having quality time with their families. In a smaller home, a living
home owners will want to see clever ideas that demonstrate that you room with flat-screen TV/computer monitor makes a great place for
understand their desire to make the most of what they have. homework or family studying, yet converts back into an entertaining
space for guests when the laptop is put away. An office space in the
At Pulte’s Oaklawn community in Leesburg, Va., a computer armoire kitchen helps parents work while keeping an eye on kids in the back
was placed in the kitchen since there was no dedicated home office yard. And the family dining table can give everyone in the family a
space in the home. Equipment and paper easily disappear when you comfortable place to do work together.
shut the doors and demonstrates to prospective buyers that the builder
understands their desire to make the most out of the space available. Salespeople Complete the Solution
Workspaces Work Harder When You Know Your Home Buyers’ As homes continue to get smaller in size, it’s essential for salespeople
Motivations to remind buyers how they really live and demonstrate the flexibility
of the home. A laptop sitting on an ottoman in the den just looks like a
Of course, choosing a creative space is just part of the equation. You laptop sitting on an ottoman in the den until you reveal that the ottoman
must also consider the home buyer’s motivation for downsizing in the holds files, the large screen TV on the wall doubles as a monitor, and
first place and incorporate an understanding of that into your interior the laptop connects to their workplace network. Then the whole room
merchandising. takes on new dimension and they begin to see that they’re not losing
space by downsizing, they’re doing more with the space they have.
The challenge comes in pinpointing which motivations are driving the
shift toward smaller square footage in your community. Here are some Shawn Evans is the owner and president of P Four, an award-winning
of the main motivations for downsizing, as well as a few suggestions comprehensive sales, marketing and interior merchandising firm based in the
for tailoring your merchandising to meet consumers’ needs. Washington, D.C. area. With 20 years of experience in a mature urban region,
Evans and his team offer a seasoned approach to making smaller spaces
work harder, while still maintaining their sophisticated style. Prior to starting
The Empty Nest P Four, Evans spent 12 years with Pulte Homes and served as vice president
Driven by a desire for less maintenance and less “empty” space, active of Del Webb for the Mid-Atlantic area. Under his leadership, the communities
adults may find hideaway office locations — such as inside a closet — he oversaw were awarded Active Adult Community of the Year, Active Adult
appealing. Making the office do double duty as a tasteful guest room Clubhouse of the Year, Best Green Marketing Campaign, and numerous
for visiting grandchildren will appeal to this market. Another great idea other regional and national awards. Prior to his Del Webb role, Evans was
for merchandising to active adults is to arrange a space in a room with vice president of sales and marketing for Pulte Homes of the Mid-Atlantic. To
a large flat-screen TV. A laptop computer can easily be connected to contact him, visit www.pfour.com, or email him at ShawnEvans@PFour.com
the TV, turning it into a monitor that’s easier to see and work from.
The essential tool for home improvement.
Natural gas homes, on average, sell faster and for 6% more than all-electric homes.
– National Association of Homebuilders
Call Tami Maybin at 1-828-231-7704.
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July 18th -- 2:00- 3:00 pm July 25th -- 2:00- 3:00 pm
Financing for Home Builders Lighting is a System, Not Just a Bulb
Presented by NAHB Housing Finance Committee Presented by NAHB Housing Finance
Access to credit is critical to home builders - from acquisition to When you think about a heating and cooling system, you
development to vertical construction. With traditional lenders consider the main unit, ducting, venting, the envelope of the
less willing to finance the home building industry, how will home, the thermostat and other items that make up the whole.
home builders deal with financing issues in 2012 and beyond? When people consider a lighting system they generally think
What will AD&C lending look like in the future? The Financing about either the fixtures, or CFLs vs. incandescent lamps --
for Home Builders webinar will address these and related both of which are far short of a system.
A full lighting system includes not only the fixtures and lamps
Learning Objectives (bulbs) but the controls as well. When designed properly, the
• Barriers to AD&C Financing. whole system is a valuable component of your homes and
• Future role of community banks in AD&C financing projects that can be marketed to multiple demographics of
• Creative funding structures and alternative sources of customers. The right system can add value for consumers
funding seeking energy efficiency, universal design, convenience,
ambiance and safety, just to name a few.
Council and NAHB Members are free and $44.95 for non- To Register
members. The Council fee is $19.95, $24.95 for NAHB members and
$44.95 for non-members.
This webinar counts as one hour of continuing education credit
for NAHB professional designations. Register online or for more information, or call NAHB’s Office of the
Registrar at 800-368-5242 x8338, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online or for more information, or call NAHB’s Office of the
Registrar at 800-368-5242 x8350, or email email@example.com.
July 24th -- 12:00- 1:00 pm
Demystifying Virtual Tours: Understand your
options, best practices and more!
SO DO WE
Virtual tours are a great way to help homebuyers visualize
themselves in your homes. But with so many options how do
you decide what flavor of virtual tour is right for your business?
Our media experts will walk you through the different types of
virtual tours and highlight the pros and cons for each.
Learning Objectives Our Western North Carolina neighbors turn to us for their mortgage
• What virtual tour options are available?
• What are qualities of successful virtual tours? needs because we’re built on 75 years of great rates, the best
• What questions should you ask yourself about creating a products and honest service. So when your customers are ready
to buy, build or just talk, tell them about the area’s most solid
To Register mortgage foundation—Asheville Savings Bank.
To register visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/
With 13 convenient locations in Western north carolina!
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- Renewing Members -
A R Construction & Development, Copperwood Builders Metcalf Bldg & Rlty Corp.
Inc. Ryan McLellan WD Metcalf
Anthony Roberts 23 Chaucer Rd 36 Salem Church Rd
38 Murray Debrahl Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711-9301 Weaverville, NC 28787-9347
Alexander, NC 28701 (828) 669-4807 (704) 645-5529
Deltec Homes, Inc. Mike Taylor Co., LLC
A Rooter King, Inc. Don Thompson Mike Taylor
Max Parton 69 Bingham Rd 310 Stone Mtn. Farm Rd.
PO Box 6235 Asheville, NC 28806-3824 Black Mountain, NC 28711
Asheville, NC 28816 (828) 253-0483 (828) 669-9313
Herbert C. Freeman, CPA, P.C. Mountain Town Carpentry, Inc.
Allied Industrial Co. Herbert Freeman James Carr
Len Warren P.O. Box 2170 66 Davenport Rd
PO BOX 1360 Skyland, NC 28776 Asheville, NC 28806
Old Fort, NC 28762-1360 (828) 684-4501 (828) 230-4131
Home Sweet Home Land Pioneer Construction &
Austins Heating & Cooling Management Development, Inc.
Steven Austin Christopher Mears Duane Liming
831 Parkway View Rd 10 Sunset Drive 133 Thompson St
Mars Hill, NC 28754-0018 Asheville, NC 28806 Unit F
(828) 689-2980 (828) 280-3302 Asheville, NC 28803-1458
Bella Hardware & Bath HouseTech Inc.
Dana Bergstedt David Wallhausser Salon Blue Ridge
1096 Hendersonville Rd. 129 Carrier Street Maria Aponte
Asheville, NC 28803 Asheville, NC 28806 518 S. Allen Rd.
(828) 505-7950 (828) 312-3306 Flat Rock, NC 28731
Bella Hardware & Bath J S Ray & Associates
Kevin Kennelly Stuart Ray Sealing Agents
1096 Hendersonville Rd. PO Box 2236 Rob Johnson
Asheville, NC 28803 Weaverville, NC 28787 2034-A Van Buren Ave
(828) 505-7950 (828) 776-9714 Indian Trail, NC 28079
Bonded Builders Warranty Group M. C. Kern Contracting, Inc.
John Lashley Matthew Kern Thermacraft Energy Services, LLC
PO Box 3203 2 Feather Dr Michael Pope
Huntersville, NC 28070 Asheville, NC 28805-9750 PO Box 6313
(704) 226-6631 (828) 231-1252 Asheville, NC 28816
Clevenger & Son, LLC Mayhew Consulting, Inc.
Clayton Clevenger Howard McDill United Federal Credit Union
PO Box 1067 201 Weston Way Linda Norton
Weaverville, NC 28787 Asheville, NC 28803 4006 Hendersonville Road
(828) 645-4425 (828) 691-0960 Fletcher, NC 28732
Complete Carpentry McKinney Insurance Agency
Ken Morgan Douglas McKinney Valley Stonescapes, LLC
PO Box 2314 PO Box 907 Taylor Bryan
Fairview, NC 28730 Skyland, NC 28776-0907 PO Box 189
(828) 778-4577 (828) 684-5020 Swannanoa, NC 28778
- New Members -
To educate and engage, new AHBA Members are required to attend a one hour New Member Orientation as a final step in the application process.
Asheville Mulch Yard Beckett Plumbing The Country Sider, Inc. Door,
Jeff Miser Patrick Briggs Window Service Repair & Install
15 Wildwood Circle 314 Windy Knoll Paul MaCary
Fletcher, NC 28732 Hendersonville, NC 28739 86 Brahma Ridge
828-989-7876 828-768-4809 Enka, NC 28728
Landscape Materials Plumbing Repair Work 828-777-3216
Landscape, Lawn & Garden Plumbin Contractor Doors, Exterior & Interior
SPIKE: Daniel Pope SPIKE: James Bound Windows
Asheville Real Estate Co., LLC Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Thomas Kirkpatrick Binford Jennings
1058 Haywood Road 300 Executive Park Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28806 Asheville, NC 28801
Real Estate Sales & Marketing Real Estate Sales & Marketing
SPIKE: Sean Sullivan Home Staging
SPIKE: Dan Whalen
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- Pending Members - [ Member news ]
Blue Ridge Energy Systems Franklin’s Enterprises, LLC dba
Jamie Shelton Carolina Hydrofracturing Mike Taylor Co., LLC
28 Sourwood Ln. Travis Franklin Barbara Taylor
Fletcher, NC 28732 15 Lawson Lane 310 Stone Mountain Farm Rd.
828-684-8665 Asheville, NC 28806 Black Mountain, NC 28711
Green Building 828-775-8433 828-669-9313
Solar Homes Wells & Well Drilling Excavating, Grading & Clearing
SPIKE: James Bound SPIKE: David Queen Septic Tanks & Installation
SPIKE: Mike Taylor
Scott Piller Goldsmith Custom Drywall Services
PO Box 18581 Mike Goldsmith
Asheville, NC 28814 PO Box 12
828-545-1024 Barnardsville, NC 28709
General Contractor 828-626-3732
SPIKE: Greg Spicer Drywall Contractors
SPIKE: Steve Wallin
- Sorry to See You Go -
The AHBA is sorry to see the companies below drop their AHBA memberships. If you know these past members or do business with them give them a call and
help us get them back to the AHBA. And remember, always strive to do business with members!
Mature Living Choices
Architectural Woodcraft, Inc. Associate
Killingsworth Environmental of the Carolinas, LLC Associate
In compliance with our Bylaws and the policies which have been put in place by our Board of Directors and the Membership Committee, Association procedure
is to have new member applications approved by the Board of Directors and by the General Membership. Please look at the lists of all Members. If you know
of any compelling reason that any applicant should not be considered for membership, please contact any AHBA staff member at 828-299-7001 or email your
comments to the AHBA at firstname.lastname@example.org. All information given to the AHBA is held strictly confidential.
2012 Foundation Club
Gold Sponsors 1-800 WaterDamage K-Wall Poured Walls, LLC
Allied Insulating Co. moreSPACEplace
Bella Hardware & Bath Salon Blue Ridge
Builders FirstSource Tucker Materials, Inc.
Silver Sponsors ACM Design, PA
Asheville Savings Bank
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Carolina Drywall & Insulation, Inc. GBS Lumber
Custom Homes of Asheville, Inc. J Coleman Waterproofing
Construction Law Team at McGuire, MATH Insurance Service
Wood, and Bissette, PA
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Kitchen Appliances Lead Paint
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blend into the kitchen with well-thought-out, purposeful design can
accentuate the home’s style as much as the décor. From perfectly • Suspend the LRRP if EPA does not approve a commercially available
selected materials to precisely aligned corners and well balanced test kit that meets the regulation’s requirements.
details and contours, home owners want appliances that are offer
superior appearance and performance. • Allow remodelers to reduce fines if they correct paperwork errors
found during an inspection.
Be sure that you recommend appliances to your clients that fit this
growing trend of purposeful design with savings in mind. • Eliminate the “hands on” recertification training requirements that
force some remodelers to travel long distances to training facilities to
Bosch home appliances have received the Energy Star Sustained receive proper certification.
Excellence Award for the past two years in a row. For more information
about Bosch, please visit www.Bosch-Home.com/US. • Prohibit EPA from expanding the LRRP to commercial and public
buildings until at least one year after the agency conducts a study
New Cooktop and Refrigeration Innovations for a Luxurious Kitchen demonstrating the need for such an action.
Innovations in cooktops and refrigerators open up an entirely new • Clarify the definition of “abatement” to specifically exclude remodeling
level of kitchen design innovation. Designers, builders and consumers and renovation activities.
now, more than ever, have total freedom of choice.
• Provide an exemption to the regulation for emergency renovations.
The ability to reinvent the kitchen is important to remember for builders
who want to excite their clients and sell their custom homes and NAHB is urging its members to contact their representatives and
remodelers looking to provide high-end design. Kitchens sell homes, senators and urge them to cosponsor the respective lead paint bills
so freedom and innovation are pivotal. Standing out in the crowd is the pending in the House and Senate.
name of the game.
For additional information about lead paint rule enforcement and
One design feature is modular refrigeration columns which provide compliance, visit www.nahb.org/leadpaint.
convenience, flexibility and performance in the kitchen. It allows the
culinary enthusiast to place the freezer on the other side of the kitchen
near the range, different-sized fresh food and freezer columns side by
side, or the fresh food column adjacent to the sink, for instance, for
easier access to fruits and vegetables.
Another appliance highlight is induction cooktops, which now represent
only 4% of the entire cooktop market today when compared to electric
and gas cooktops.
A recent Thermador study among U.S. home owners ages 35 to 54,
however, revealed that 70% of current gas cooktop users would be
more likely to want to experience induction cooking once they find
out that induction generates heat faster than other cooktops, adjusts
temperature instantaneously and is safe to the touch. It’s also a lot
easier to clean and is the most efficient cooking technology available.
Today, the induction education continues with a game-changing
induction appliance hitting the market in July. Thermador’s Freedom
Induction Cooktop will become the first full-surface induction cooktop
available in the United States. Pots and pans of any size will be easily
accommodated by the largest cooking element in the world, promising
constant, consistent heat, no matter where you shift the cookware on
Thermador this year also is introducing a new lineup of Freedom
Collection refrigerators and columns with more than 100 innovations
and improvements. The collection was rethought, reengineered and
refined to make Thermador refrigerators the highest quality and most
comprehensive lineup in the luxury appliance category.
To learn more about these Thermador products, visit www.thermador.
For more information about this item, please contact Christopher
Mclarty at 800-368-5242 x8247 or via email at email@example.com.
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[ AHBA Nation ]
Night with the tourist
Members along with friends and family attended the AHBA
Night with Tourist on June 21st. Over 200 guests flocked to
McCormick Field to cheer on the Asheville Tourist as they
played the Rome Braves while they enjoyed great food and
networking at the Pepsi Pavilion.
2012 Parade of Homes Discounts!
Here is the list of Associate Member Companies that are
participating in the Associate Member Discount Program.
84 Lumber HomeSource Design Center Snow Creek Landscaping
828-665-3815 828-252-1022 828-808-4369
Asheville Garage Door Horizon Heating and
Solid Surface Specialist
Services, Inc Conditioning, LLC
All Window & Door Id.ology Stone Gallery Granite & Marble
828-209-0380 828-273-2062 828-891-4770
Ashley’s Kitchen & Bath Design
Labor Finders Studio McCormick
Bonded Builders Warranty
Mike’s Heating & Cooling Sun Mountain Door
Brand Vaughan Lumber of
Build It Naturally, Inc. Precision Craftsmen Tucker Materials
828-254-2668 828-545-2723 828-684-5400
Carolina Colortones ProBuild Vandermusser Design
828-687-9510 828-694-0665 828-348-4723
Carolina Equipment Rental
Retro+Fit Design LLC
Sales & Services
828-254-9150 Each of these Companies
are working hard to
Final Touch Cleaning Salon Blue Ridge
Business with a Member”
Contact YOUR Associates
today to learn more about
Forest Millwork, Inc. Sears Commercial the discounts offered.