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Remodeling is Green Building By Mark Kirkpatrick

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The mountains of North Carolina have been an attraction to many primary and secondary homebuyers since the turn of the last century, due to the cool mountain summers and lush scenery. Many wealthy industrialists and successful business people began to buy property and homes from Linville across Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock in order to spend summers away from the heat of larger cities off the mountain. The Appalachian Mountains became known for their refreshing summers, cool streams, waterfalls, hikes, and views, and the popularity of Western North Carolina grew in popularity and began to include people up and down the East Coast- from Texas down to Florida. As the popularity of the High Country expanded, the best lots were selected and built on. Many of the lots remaining are in a less than ideal location, steep, and require potentially expensive grading, clearing and blasting. In addition, most of these lots do not have the views that many of the already built on properties have. But what about an already existing home? The grading and the foundation have already been established, the walls are up, and the roof is on! When working with a creative builder or architect, you could capitalize on the existing structure while also adding your personal touches to it- with much lower costs than new construction. Details- such as new windows, vaulted ceilings, gable glass, stone work, skylights, and upgraded kitchens and baths- may still need to be purchased, but these costs will not compare to that of building a brand new structure. Many existing homes, while they may be somewhat run-down or dated, are priced at a great value and can be restored beyond their original design. Renovating an existing home is a much greener or sustainable way to get the mountain home you dream of. As NAHB Certified Green Professionals, Mountain Construction has the experience, knowledge and resources to advise their clients on how to make their homes environmentally sensitive. There is often little or no disturbance of the site, since the site work has already been completed and the land

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High Country Home Spring 2012  

High Country Home Spring 2012

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