Chapter 24 – My Journey Home is now complete….and yet the journey has just begun!

I think the best present I have ever given myself was hiring Nancy Duffy, owner of Muddy Boots, and William Deaver, owner of Trademark Homescapes, to design and install a MASSIVE landscape project at my new house.  The outdoor “living rooms” on this new property are as important to me as the indoor ones and I knew I did not have adequate knowledge of plants,...

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Chapter 23 – Sharing the green message with a younger generation

People often ask why I am so committed to living a “green” lifestyle when there’s only me, one me, and my dog in my household.  The truth as I see it is that what I do makes a BIG difference for the generations behind me.  I believe that because it is in my power to build a net zero carbon emission house, I must do so and thereby I leave a legacy to my...

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Chapter 22 – Awards Justly Deserved

The Asheville Home Builder’s Association held their awards banquet on October 17 for the 2013 Parade of Homes.  I am so proud of Blue Ridge Energy Systems.  They won not one but two awards!!  They won the Innovative Home Award as well as a Silver Award for Craftsmanship.  I’m sure they would also have won the Green Certification Award if we had only been...

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Chapter 21 – Week One in a Blue Ridge Energy Systems Home

It has been one week since the movers came, I unpacked, hung art with Randy Redrick’s invaluable assistance, and then greeted over 400 people at Parade of Homes October 12 and 13.  It’s a blur to me, but I wake up each morning with gratitude and I climb into bed at night seeing the moon and stars through the clerestory window in my bedroom.  I have to pinch...

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Chapter 20 – We have a CO!

For those of you who have never built a house, getting a CO (Certificate of Occupancy) is the final step for the building contractor….and the green light for the homeowner to move in!  Well, we got all inspections passed on Friday, Oct 4.  That is date I will long remember. This project has been all consuming for me and for the Blue Ridge Energy Systems crew.  They...

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Chapter 19 – The mechanical room is the brains of a BRES home, but the garden is its soul!

The scaffolding is down!  The stucco is complete and the house’s exterior exceeds my expectations.  I’ll be the first to admit that it won’t appeal to everybody, but I make no apologies for the contemporary design of this house!!  I SIMPLY LOVE IT. William Deaver, owner of Trademark Homescapes, and his co-workers David and Julius, have been hard at work...

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Chapter 18 – It’s coming together!!

It has been way too long since I last posted so I thought I’d set the tone with this quote by Taj Mahal, a Grammy award winning blues musician: Remember that feeling as a child when you woke up and the morning smiled?  It’s time you felt like that again. Well, that is how I am feeling.  It has been all about finish details, clearing the lot and stucco…more...

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Chapter 17 – Progress: Interior painting, spalted maple ceilings, blown ceiling insulation & stucco

Well, if you receive my blog as a subscriber, you got more spam on the last post.  Please accept my apologies and know that our webmaster is hard at work to erase all traces of this embarrassing situation.  The good news is that the Blue Ridge Energy Systems website has been cleaned again and I’ve got my fingers crossed!  I will email all subscribers when each new...

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