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Winterization Outdoor Checklist

Infuse Life into Bath for a Spa-like Oasis

Harmony with Nature: Japan Design






A PREMIER Luxury HOMES & SERVICES MAGAZINE for western north carolina

Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives



his opulent French provincial sited in Biltmore Forest is arranged over three levels. This imposing property teems with style, design and grand architecture. A magnificent property, it includes five bedrooms, five-and-two half baths, grand entry hall, vast dining room, fabulous kitchen and library. Enjoy exquisite finishes, superior quality, high ceilings, breathtaking terrace on the rear overlooking a garden or side terrace with wood-burning fireplace. Three car oversized garage. This estate leaves nothing to desire! 24 Niagara Drive | Biltmore Forest | 6,031 sqft | MLS:3323862 | $2,650,000

Marilyn Wright Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 10 Brook Street | Suite 130 Asheville, NC 28803

Broker Associate 828-279-3980

Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Exquisite craftsmanship in a stunning setting, this Jade Mountain Builders home by architect Michael McDonough delivers on the promise of the mountains: an escape to nature. Site-harvested timbers, local fieldstone and native plantings anchor the home to the site. Details like the birch plywood ceiling, live-edge window casing and ship-ladders offer interest and delight. Oversized and abundant windows orient on year round, long-range views. Whisper Mountain offers miles of private, scenic hiking trails. More at: LISA JACKSON | LEAD BROKER | c + 828-301-5530


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Luxury downtown Living Asheville’s newest condo community offers eco-friendly homes featuring the best in smart home technology and handcrafted design. Located downtown just blocks from the best yoga, breweries, world class entertainment, incredible dining and shopping.



For more information, visit or call: WILLIAM COIN (828) 242-3785 | SCOTT MILLS (828) 215-8019

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On the cover... Cathy Carter, Weichert Realtors Unlimited A Work of Art with Spectacular Views on pages 42-43 6 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2018

M OUNTAIN M ODERN M ASTERPIECE Custom crafted by Thompson Properties, Inc. Visit our new contemporary model home and see the latest trends in modern design! This stunning home has 15’ of floor to ceiling glass for abundant light while incorporating natural stone and wood for an “organic” feel. The 4,906 square foot multi-generational design allows for privacy for a “live-in” or extended family, and features quality finishes throughout with gourmet kitchen complete with Wolf/Subzero appliances, limestone fireplace, all marble master bath/spa, “floating” monorail staircase, 40’ porches with retractable screens and more. Conveniently located on 1.57 acres bordering a beautiful mountain stream in Arden, just minutes to downtown and shopping. 45 Misty Valley Parkway, Arden, North Carolina 28704 | Call 828-206-0477 for appointment or email Offered at $1,795,000.00 by Distinctive Homes of Western North Carolina Nancy Thompson, Owner/Broker

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Thompson Properties, Inc.

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F INE H&OMES DESIGN PUBLISHER / OWNER Alan Sheppard ART DIRECTOR Kimberly P. Anderson WEB DESIGN/IT Alphie Hyorth FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Dave Soltis 828.606.3966 Mike Demos 828.273.0098 Tammy Sheppard

828.230.7537 High Five Enterprises, Inc. P.O. Box 8683 Asheville, NC 28814 828.279.5962 All advertising published in Fine Homes & Design of Western North Carolina is believed to be truthful and accurate. However High Five Enterprises, Inc. assumes no responsibility and shall have no liability whatsoever for errors, including without limitation, typographical errors or omissions in Fine Homes & Design of Western North Carolina. Any reference made to High Five Enterprises, Inc. is not to be construed as making any representation, warranty or guarantee concerning the information on properties advertised in Fine Homes & Design of Western North Carolina. The content of all ads contained herein are solely the responsibility of the advertiser. The opinions and statements contained in advertising or elsewhere in this publication are those of the authors of such opinions and are not necessarily those of High Five Enterprises, Inc. High Five Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to edit or refuse any advertising submitted to this publication. 8 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2018

For The Most Discriminating Buyer Impeccable craftsmanship, luxurious appointments & furnishings with expansive living spaces. No expense spared in creating this mountain estate w/gated drive, private owners’ wing, guest quarters, stunning library & mountain views. Close to Asheville, Tryon, TIEC, FENCE & airports. 10,000+ sq ft of living area. This is the best of the best! (Also offered with Hidden Valley Farm $6,750,000 for 60+ acres w/barns & arenas.)


Hidden Valley Farm Hidden Valley Farm of NC on 40+ acres offers a 3 bedroom main house + a log cabin, + a caretaker’s cottage + stone house/duplex, two barns, two riding arenas/one covered, ponds, creeks, trails and four fenced pastures on 40 acres +/-. Close to shops, dining, water sports, theater & amenities of Tryon, TIEC, FENCE, Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock & airports. (Also offered with adjacent 10,000 sf estate home on 20 acres for $6,750,00)

$2,000,000 For more beautiful homes like this visit

Morning Ride You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world with 180 degree views for miles. Long-range views from most rooms of this home with open design, abundant natural light, great floor plan for entertaining and lots of deck space on either level to enjoy the outdoors. Whole-house generator, spacious garage parking and plenty of room for guests. Convenient to Asheville, Greenville/Spartanburg and equestrian facilities. 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 3,642 sq feet


Lauretta Cook Broker Associate LAURETTAC@BEVERLY-HANKS.COM | (828) 808-0287

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45 Years Serving the Carolinas Penland’s Furniture is a family-owned furniture store located in beautiful Western North Carolina.

We Carry Living Room • Dining Room • Bedroom • Accents & Accessories • Youth Furniture • And much more Penland’s Furniture success is attributed from their vision of “Striving to provide customers with the best furniture at the absolute best price!”

~ Serving you in 2 locations ~ 2700 US Hwy 70 Swannanoa, NC

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Upscale Custom Home with Views from Many rooms High end hardwoods and finishes thru-out. Unique floor plan balances open, easy flow with nooks and private spaces perfect for entertaining. Luxurious master has sitting area w/gas log FP & bright, open bath w claw feet tub & step-in shower. Enjoy the outdoors on screened porch, patio, or deck with views to Mt. Mitchell. Hiking trails outside your door. Catawba Falls Preserve is a gated community 10 min to DT Black Mountain & 30 min to DT Asheville. MLS# 3313362 | $699,000

Donette Moore Broker Associate


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Bowery Road - One of the finest estates available in Highlands! Highrocks features gated access to a large private 3.6 acre lot with stunning views of Whiteside, and the valley vistas beyond. The house is Ultra Quality, and features multiple stone fireplaces, water features, a custom dream kitchen to die for, main level has Living room, dining area, master bedroom, a Carolina room with fireplace that is accessed off of the Kitchen. Antique wood floors, updated baths, lower level has guest quarters with media room and wine cellar. Large 2 car carport with guest efficiency above. A network of trails explore the landscaped grounds. Highrocks is an Eden in Highlands and will not disappoint even the highest of expectations. Offered at $4,499,000. MLS#83614

This highly unique property... ...consists of over 90 acres of rolling land, flanked partially on one side by USFS land. The property has about 27 acres of open pasture with the additional acreage being wooded with streams and flanks to the Chatooga River on a stretch of whitewater, waterfalls and swimming holes. There are views of Blackrock Mountain with rock faces and ridgeline in the distance beyond the pasture. This is a perfect family getaway fully renovated in 2005 by Lupoli Construction . The main house features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with wormy chestnut floors and painted paneling, huge stone fireplace in the living room, gourmet kitchen and a wonderful view of the front pasture and Blackrock Mountain. Guest or caretakers house is ready for some renovation but has good bones and will be cute as a button. An estate as is or has multiple home sites. Offered at $5,000,000. MLS#81843

Wonderful Location... ...and stunning views with this move in ready home located off Bowery Road. Only a few minutes from downtown and all paved roads makes this a hugely desirable property. Mountain contemporary, with hardwood floors, huge stone fireplace as one wall of the living room, wrapping around into the kitchen on one side. Master bedroom has double baths, that meet through a connecting shower, and a large walk-in closet. Upstairs has two guest bedrooms with a connecting bath. The massive decks boast some of the best views in the area. All of this is located on over 3 aces with a water feature and manicured grounds. Offered at $1,995,000. MLS#84268

Highlands Country Club! One of the highest points at Highlands Country Club, with stunning Views in two directions. Quality is evident with the spacious open plan. Private porches off bedrooms, huge living porch with grill and views of Whiteside, Shortoff, Cowee, and the vistas beyond. 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths. Pyramid ceiling in the Great room, bar, sunroom and office. A must see at Highlands Country Club. Offered at $1,890,000. MLS#87285

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Luxury Luxury inin Western Western North North Carolina Carolina

Biltmore Biltmore Forest: Forest: Beautifully Beautifully renovated renovated classic classic home home withwith welcoming welcoming foyer foyer accented accented by spiral by spiral staircase. staircase. $1,995,000 $1,995,000 MLS# MLS# 3313316. 3313316. Call Call AnnAnn Skoglund Skoglund at (828) at (828) 273-0277. 273-0277.

Asheville: Nearly new custom detailed Stunning 10 acre with with Asheville: Nearly new custom detailed Asheville: Asheville: Stunning 10 estate acre estate Biltmore Biltmore Forest: Forest:   "$ "$ Ramble home. $1,990,000 MLS#MLS# 3323129. views. $1,895,000 MLS#MLS# 3323547. Ramble home. $1,990,000 3323129.fabulous fabulous views. $1,895,000 3323547. home. home. $1,875,000 $1,875,000 MLS#MLS# 3340060. 3340060. Call Ann Call Ann Call Ann at (828) 273-0277. Call Brent Russell at (828) 528-1829. Call Skoglund Ann Skoglund at (828) 273-0277. Call Brent Russell at (828) 528-1829. Skoglund Skoglund at (828) at (828) 273-0277. 273-0277.

Forest: Timeless 1928 1928 homehome with with Biltmore Forest: Timeless Biltmore Park:Park: Private setting, with scenic Beautiful homehome with amazing Biltmore Private setting, with scenicFairview: Fairview: Beautiful with amazing Biltmore $1,475,000 MLS#MLS# 3332296. Call Call character. $1,475,000 3332296. mountain views.views. $1,675,000 MLS#MLS# 3326194. year views. $1,600,000 MLS#MLS# 3329899. Call Callcharacter. mountain $1,675,000 3326194. year views. $1,600,000 3329899. MaryMary Tepper at (828) 713-1600. Tepper at (828) 713-1600. Call Vivien Snyder at (828) 712-4397. Christie Melear at (828) 776-1986. Call Vivien Snyder at (828) 712-4397. Christie Melear at (828) 776-1986.

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Asheville: Enjoy degrees of spectacular range views to include: Asheville Skyline, Grove Asheville: Enjoy 360360 degrees of spectacular longlong range views to include: Asheville CityCity Skyline, Grove ParkPark Pisgah. $1,850,000 MLS#3339478. Desiree Blake at (828) 808-9182. Inn,Inn, andand Mt. Mt. Pisgah. $1,850,000 MLS#3339478. Call Call Desiree Blake at (828) 808-9182.

Asheville: Stunning overlooking Asheville: Stunning contemporary design Stunning homehome overlooking the the Asheville: Stunning contemporary design Biltmore Forest: Beautiful, one-level Biltmore Forest: Beautiful, one-level livingliving Asheville: Mountains. $1,100,000 3303716. in The inRamble.$1,099,000 The Ramble.$1,099,000 3324925. $1,100,000 MLS#MLS# 3303716. MLS#MLS# 3324925. home. $1,295,000 3321659. home. $1,295,000 MLS#MLS# 3321659. Call Call Mountains. Call Joanna at (828) 252-5849. Call Sam at (828) 450-8078. BeckBeck at (828) 252-5849. Call Sam Rule Rule at (828) 450-8078. Swicegood at (828) 778-5221. Call Joanna HopeHope Swicegood Byrd Byrd at (828) 778-5221.

Flat Rock: One oflegendary the legendary estates. Flat Rock: One of the estates. Asheville: ! !$ Hendersonville: Hendersonville: Mountain Masterpiece Asheville: ! !$ Mountain Masterpiece on on $1,500,000 3220409. Call Chris MLS#MLS# 3220409. Call Chris $    3.35 3.35 acres. $2,400,000 561056. $     acres. $2,400,000 MLS#MLS# 561056. Call Call $1,500,000 Battista at (828) 243-2555. at (828) 243-2555. Baker at (828) 691-3991. Champion Hills at (800) 633-5122. Battista Sally Sally Baker at (828) 691-3991. TeamTeam Champion Hills at (800) 633-5122.



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Hendersonville: Hendersonville: Stunning Stunning mix mix of new of new andand historic historic on 12.5 on 12.5 acres acres just just outside outside city city limits. limits. Beautiful Beautiful 2004 2004 home home andand 1804 1804 log cabin. log cabin. $1,600,000 $1,600,000 MLS# MLS# 3328032. 3328032. Call Call Steve Steve Dozier Dozier at (828) at (828) 329-1529. 329-1529.

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Waynesville: Equestrian estate with with Waynesville: Equestrian estate Waynesville: Stunning contemporary Waynesville: Stunning contemporary mountain views. $998,000 MLS#MLS# 3312814. mountain views. $998,000 3312814. home. $989,000 3276651. home. $989,000 MLS#MLS# 3276651. Call Call Call Paulette Childers at (828) 421-0591. Call Paulette Childers at (828) 421-0591. Marilynn Marilynn at (828) 550-2810. ObrigObrig at (828) 550-2810.

Maggie Valley: Heavenly retreat Maggie Valley: Heavenly retreat in a in a amazing location. $890,000 3283189. amazing location. $890,000 MLS#MLS# 3283189. Call Lourdes at (828) 476-0505. Call Lourdes LanioLanio at (828) 476-0505.

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Waynesville: Waynesville: Private Private 19.68 19.68 unrestricted unrestricted acres acres withwith amazing amazing mountain mountain view. view. Grand Grand 2-story 2-story foyer, foyer, withwith lots lots of of natural natural lightlight $1,170,000 $1,170,000 MLS# MLS# 3274802. 3274802. Call Call Brian Brian K. Noland K. Noland at (828) at (828) 734-5201. 734-5201.

Mill Spring: Incredible home in Brights Mill Spring: Incredible home in Brights Mill Spring: Mill Spring: Smart Smart home home with with long-range long-rangeMill Spring: Golf Golf course, views.Two Mill Spring: course, views.Two Creek. $1,995,000 MLS#MLS# 3198174. Call Call views.$1,900,000 Creek. $1,995,000 3198174. MLS#MLS# 3242191. Call Call views.$1,900,000 3242191. masters. $1,495,000 MLS#MLS# 3237350. Call Call masters. $1,495,000 3237350. Heather Chambers at (828) 699-5914. Heather Chambers at (828) 699-5914. Heather Heather Chambers Chambers at (828) at (828) 699-5914. 699-5914. Heather Chambers at (828) 699-5914. Heather Chambers at (828) 699-5914.

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Impeccably designed, beautifully furnished - completely turn-key: Offered at

$1.775M* - USD

For more information about this home, and to schedule a showing - Call, Text: 828.301.6773


o Local! Relocating, moving, right-sizing meet Mike Davis. Listing or acquiring, Mike provides expert real estate advice and full concierge services for a seamless transition.

“Western North Carolina has been my home for more than two decades. Put my knowledge of local real estate to work for you. Contact me for a no obligation, confidential consultation about your property needs - and to discuss marketing your home through Christie’s International Real Estate. Visit me in downtown Asheville @ our Pack Square office, or online: Call or Text: 828.301.6773 Follow Me on Instagram! @mikedavisasheville

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Exceptional Lake Lure mountain retreat with exceptional views: Offered at

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Watching WNC grow for 28 years: A Snow Creek Story. By Snow Creek Landscape Services

As quoted from the Asheville Citizen’s Time article on November 16th, 1997, Tim Boone, “found a niche in the market. And with the economy roaring along for the past several years, he’s done well”. That was just over 20 years ago, when Snow Creek Landscaping was coming up on it’s 9 year anniversary. Many locals can tell you that they have seen our trucks all around town, but many don’t know the rich history and dedication that the company has been involved in throughout the years. Since opening it’s doors in 1989, Snow Creek has worked hard in creating relationships in the community of Western North Carolina, as well as helped develop the face of this beautiful land for so many commercial and residential clients.

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The story of Snow Creek is one that starts with the child of an agriculturally rich family, one that farms their food and takes pride in their environment. As a young boy, Tim Boone watched the world around him grow and develop. With each passing season, his curiosity transformed from a more agricultural lifestyle into more of a horticultural passion - one that brings that natural world to each individual. From selling his motorcycle to start his own pepper project at a very young age, to becoming an award winning horticulturist in his early years - the fascination of how things grow and develop had became less of a hobby and interest, and more of a career. For 29 years, Snow Creek has been depicted around Western North Carolina with the image of the creek that started it all. As Tim grew both personally and professionally, he always felt a deep connection with the native land. His childhood memory of playing by the creekside on his family’s property never left him. That creek became the front and center of Snow Creek Landscaping.

Left: Tim Boone, Owner and founder of Snow Creek Landscape Services during a team meeting. Top-Right: Construction installation in Burnsville. Bottom-Right: Snow Creek’s logo for 28 years, soon to be retired.

As a creek grows and develops through the years, it carves away at the earth, leaving behind its path and rich history. Rising waters creates new twists and turns, yet uncovers the beauty that lays deep within the earth. Stones are pushed from one side to the other, building a natural sculpture in the world that constantly changes, but never loses its beauty. Like the 

    Creek Landscaping has developed and left its mark in the community that all of its employees call home.

Like a creek, we have developed and strengthened over the years, with a story that is constantly changing and moving foward. With each passing year, our company creates relationships both with the natural world and the people of WNC. We help our clients discover the true potential of their properties, through hard work and creativity.

"     !       !  continues to grow with the surrounding Asheville area. The saplings we planted long ago have developed into massive trees with deep roots, while hardscapes have become one with the earth and built memories that last a lifetime. The positive impact on both our relationships and the environment is what we do. We are doing it with a passion and will continue to do so for years to come. When a company has been in business for as long as we have, it’s inevitable to have its ups and downs. We learn from each experience, which can guide us into the direction we choose to go as humans. As a mission, we want to go beyond just your typical landscaping company and transcend into a lifestyle. An experience that helps build a story. An opportunity to enrich lives, naturally.

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Shelly McKinny: Your Snow Creek guide to the perfect landscape.

When Shelly and Tim met, they instantly connected over their passion for creating intentional landscape designs. Ones that build a deeper relationship with the natural world. Originating from Florida, Shelly was able to create award-winning gardens for her community, while understanding and promoting the native landscape of Florida’s warm, tropical climate. While her ecosystem has changed, her passion for creating true and creative landscapes stays the same - to build a design that lasts and sets the stage for years of memories.

With her award-winning landscape designs, development and project execution, Shelly builds a strong relationship with each and every one of her clients. This relationship centered landscape service is what makes her work       

    their home. From interior and exterior design, she brings the joys and experience of nature to your home.

Schedule a FREE 15 minute design consultation with Shelly by calling her directly at 828-273-3870.

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The Savvy Homeowner’s 5-point Outdoor Winterization Checklist (BPT) - As temperatures drop, you’re reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it’s important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.

cold air and are also inviting to small critters looking for protection from the cold.

This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against winter’s woes for another year. For additional winterization ideas and detailed project plans, visit Real

If you find some gaps, it’s important to seal them quickly. Apply caulk to the openings to prevent cold air from seeping in, helping to cut down on heating bills. Plus, you won’t have to worry about bugs making your home their hibernation haven. Note: never caulk above or below the window and door openings, as this may block moisture drainage.

Inspect windows

Prep the deck

Inspect each window from the outside to see if any gaps or cracks are present. These small openings let in

The amount of work you have to put into winterizing your deck depends on your decking material.

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For example, a durable, long-lasting material such as Western Red Cedar requires the least amount of maintenance. That said, all decks require some upkeep. To preserve your deck’s luster, start by cleaning it with a warm, soapy solution and a soft-bristle brush. Do not power wash as this can damage the wood. It’s important that you remove all dirt and debris from the surface as well as in between the boards to improve ventilation. Next, inspect the deck for mold. If present, wash the deck with a mild oxygen bleach solution and leave on the surface for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Finally, remove anything that might leave marks on the deck’s surface such as furniture, planters and mats.

dangerous branches now before the first snow. Be safe by using the proper equipment for tree trimming and removal, or, consider hiring a pro to do so. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and handling this issue now could prevent costly damage to your home down the road.

Clean the roof Your roof is a large portion of your home, and it also holds a lot of snow over the winter. To prevent ice dams and other roof problems when freezing temperatures arrive, it’s important to clean gutters and check your roof for problems now.

Protect planter boxes The majority of planter boxes are made with Western Red Cedar. That’s because the wood is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects; and therefore, doesn’t require treatment from potentially dangerous chemicals that can leach into soil and plants. But like all garden beds, real cedar planters need protection during the winter months. Start by removing all soil and cleaning the boxes as you did the deck. Then, if possible, store emptied planters in a garage, shed or under the porch. If you don’t have the space to store them this way, then cover them with a water-repellent tarp to protect from moisture buildup, but don’t seal the tarp. As with decks, it’s very important that you allow for proper ventilation.

Trim trees Look for weak trees or those with dead branches, particularly those near your home. As snow accumulates, the weight may bring down a tree or branches, potentially damaging your house. Eliminate this risk by removing any dead trees or

Start by taking all debris out of gutters to ensure free flow for water. Next, walk around your roof and inspect it for any damage. Repair loose shingles and make sure the chimney and vents look intact and secure. Your roof takes on a lot of weight from ice and snow during the winter months and you want it to be as strong as possible. A few simple steps now can mean a cozy, safe winter for you and your entire family. Add these five steps to your winterization to-do list for this weekend and give yourself valuable peace of mind. Winter 2018 | Fine Homes & Design 23



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Infuse Life into the Bath for a Spa-like Oasis (BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls, to neutral color schemes and natural light, nature infuses life back into luxury bath design for a serene sense of calm.

Neutral calm Light colors such as cool grays and muted blues evoke tranquility and peacefulness. Neutral colors for walls and fabrics create a soothing aesthetic that fosters 36 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2018

relaxation in the space. To create visual interest within a neutral palette, incorporate varying shades of earth tones to serve as complementary accents throughout the room — from decorative rugs and plush towels to cabinetry and tiling.

Nature’s inspiration Elements inspired by nature work together to produce a sense of relaxation in the home’s oasis. Intuitive in design, the Vettis Bath Collection by Brizo combines solid proportions and angular architecture with an optional four-sided open chamber that mimics the sensory experience of a waterfall. Inspired by the strength

found in nature, the defined edges of the spout create a balanced aesthetic, while subtle facets offer visual depth. Paired with natural stone accents, this collection evokes elements of natural inspiration.

Stone serenity A freestanding stone tub makes a luxurious statement to enhance the spa atmosphere. Sleek, oval architectures provide an organic contemporary touch, while rectangular basins deliver a strong geometric focal point. Take the spa-like experience even further and incorporate the use of essential oils. Lavender and chamomile reduce stress and encourage sleep, while peppermint and lemon oils increase focus and mental alertness in the morning. From modern to transitional aesthetics, a freestanding, natural stone tub paired with the sensory infusion of essential oils creates the perfect at-home getaway.

Living accents Natural lighting and live plants blur the line between the great outdoors and the enclosed space. Large floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights serve as eye-catching accents while also naturally illuminating the room. Hanging succulents and potted bamboo plants are additional decor options to bring nature indoors without sacrificing clean, simple design. Winter 2018 | Fine Homes & Design 37

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This beautiful Tudor-style home

Elegant, traditional Asheville home..

is nestled in the forest of Ravenwood Estates and offers a superb floor plan for multi-generational living. Marvelous setting with mature landscaping and level, fenced yard plus walking trail into your own woods. 4517 sq.ft. with 6BR/4. 5BA and 2.35 acres gives you a country feel yet you are only minutes to DT Asheville and Hendersonville. MLS# 3294120


Carol Ball, ...with wonderful, large light-filled rooms, beautifully remodeled kitchen and breakfast room, two wood burning fireplaces, large bonus spaces, including plenty of lower level storage and living/play space. Beautiful views from back deck and terrace. Large back yard with established garden. Detached double garage. Coveted North Asheville neighborhood for convenience, walkability to Beaver Lake, Asheville City Schools. A “happy house” and a dream come true! MLS: 3324575



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Gorgeous Custom Home with Long Range Mountain Sunset Views Impressive 2-story great room w/stone FP & lots of windows. Open floor plan, kitchen w/quartz counters, stainless appliances, & sunny breakfast room overlooking the mountains. Brand new master bath w/glass shower, soaking tub, dbl sinks, & heated floors. Double decks (open & covered) w/views & plenty of space. Lower level bonus room plus guest apartment w/kitchenette, bath, & bedroom. Irrigation system for flower beds & berry patches.

4 BA | 3 1/2 BAs | 4,029 Sq Ft. | MLS: 3342068 | $689,900

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Summit Ridge, Marble NC This one of a kind work of art from builder Michael Sokol provides privacy and stunning beauty. The custom floor plan was designed specifically for this site so that you will enjoy the spectacular views from every room. Three stone fireplaces create a rustic yet luxurious ambiance. Multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces are ideal for entertaining. You must see all the quality materials in this meticulously crafted home to appreciate it. Very convenient to the airport, casino, rafting, hiking, fishing, etc. This single family home is located in Cherokee County in Marble, NC for $1,490,000 with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, 1 half bath. This 4,810 square foot home was built in 2009 on a lot size of 2.810 Acres. | MLS:3335499

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If You Can Dream It You Will Find It... ... in this classic custom home with wonderful entertaining areas inside and out. Deep in Biltmore Forest set amidst other fine homes nestled by the Biltmore Estate. MLS: 3231809 $2,000,000

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Feng Shui and Health By Jini Rayne

As we begin the new year, it is traditional to make resolutions about ways we wish to improve our life. Often some of these goals are concerning our health; we plan to exercise more, to make sure we get enough sleep, to eat more consciously, or perhaps all of the above. Too often these resolutions fall by the wayside within a few weeks. Is there any way that feng shui might help us create an environment that supports good health? Let’s take a look. In the last issue we discussed the bagua, the energy map or template that is laid over an environment and used in feng shui to determine what part of life a particular spot is influencing. While all areas of your home are important, the center is of primary importance because that is where all of the energies of the other areas around the edges come together. Since the center energetically connects to and interrelates with all of the other areas of the house, it affects your well-being and, more importantly, your health. Only if you have good health can everything else in your life reach its full potential. In traditional Chinese homes, the center was often a courtyard or atrium with the house proper built around it. This made for an open, airy environment. Therefore, 46 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2018

it is optimal if the center of your home lies in the living room, family room or another large open room. With today’s open concept plans, part of that room might be the kitchen. If the kitchen is actually in the center of the footprint of the house, the fire energy of the stove combined with the already active nature of the center area may be too intense and lead to accidents, fires, or health problems. To cure this, hang a spherical multi-faceted feng shui crystal either directly over where the cook stands while at the stove or in the center of the kitchen. To enhance the energy of the center of the house and consequently the good energy of your health, there are a few general cures. You can attract vital energy with plants. These plants should be healthy. The center is not a good place for a sickly plant. Ideally there should be an odd number of plants as odd numbers are more yang and active. Yellow is considered to be the color of health, so yellow objects or even yellow walls are invigorating to the center area. The number one, all purpose cure to use in the center of your house is to hang a feng shui crystal on a piece of red cord or ribbon cut so that its length is a multiple of 9, in the exact center of your home. The intention

is that, just as the crystal refracts and circulates light, it will circulate the energy within your home to maximize health and well-being. Since the stove is the hearth of the home where nourishment is prepared for the family, the stove is seen both as an agent of prosperity and of health. It is important that it be kept sparkling clean and be in excellent working order. It is also important that all of the burners are used regularly so as to symbolically make use of all of the opportunities for good health and wealth. The mood of the cook as he or she prepares food affects the amount of energy and nourishment

available to those eating the meal, so do what you can to keep the cook happy. The bed, as the place where rest and regeneration occur, is also important to good health. One’s bed should ideally be located in the Commanding Position within the room. This means that the bed has a headboard firmly attached to it and is positioned against the wall diagonally across from the door so that the sleeper can see the door from bed but is not directly across from it so as to be out of the “line of fire”. Electronics should be away from the bed so as to minimize the electro

magnetic field which bothers many sleepers. No water beds, electric blankets or cell phones or chargers should be near-by. It is better to have no ceiling fans directly over the bed to chop up and stir up energy. Televisions should not distract from the purpose of the room: sleep. When considering your home and its influence upon your heath, it is also useful to look at the mechanical systems of the house. The circulation of heat (and coolness) and air in the house is analogous to the circulatory system in your body. Any problems with your HVAC system may be reflected in a circulatory system problem for someone living in your home. Likewise,

the home’s electrical system is related to the nervous system in the body. Skin issues may be related to issues with the home’s siding or walls. Plumbing relates to the digestive system. Home maintenance with optimally operating systems helps all inhabitants be healthy, so fix any problems promptly as they arise. Feng shui is a method of putting oneself into harmony with the environment in order to facilitate maximum good fortune in life. It is a very practical continued on page 48 Winter 2018 | Fine Homes & Design 47


Townhome has WOW factor of 10! Open Floor Plan, Master Bedroom on Main! Three Porches. Storage Galore! Lower Terrace Level has been custom-designed - Stained Knotty Pine Walls, Fabulous WT Barn Doors, Custom Sink & etc. Great for Guests, Family RM, Bar, Full BA, B’fast area & Lots of Storage. Owner has done extensive landscaping. MLS:3305176 | $642,500

Country Living in Friendly Subdivision

12 minutes to southside Asheville Shopping! This Southern Comfort home has a spacious floor plan, great Kitchen opens to Breakfast area & Family room, Formal DNRM, Den. 2nd Floor has Bedrooms, one which can be used as an Office w/outside entrance, Teen’s Haven, Media Room or whatever! Lower level has Bonus Rm, Media Room, Full Bath. Great for Guest or in-law suite.Private Cul-de-Sac .75 acre. MLS:3299092 | $549,500 A Tradition of Integrity ~ A Reputation for Results!

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discipline. When things are not going as you wish, you list what is going well and what is not and then set intentions for achieving your ideal. Then you analyze the arrangement and flow of energy within your environment and make changes intended to improve the situation. Making New Years resolutions is very similar to setting your intention in feng shui. To facilitate achieving those resolutions, you need to do the next step and make changes in your home to remind and assist you. For example, rearranging your kitchen cupboards so that smaller plates and glasses are more readily available facilitates using those smaller dishes so that you can have the abundant feel of a full plate with the benefit of a more manageable portion size. Putting the candy dish (and any other less desirable food) away and having a fruit bowl in sight reminds you of your intention to choose healthier alternatives. Rearrange your fridge so that the foods that fit your intentions are the easiest to reach. If you intend to go exercise first thing in the morning, then have your clothes laid out and your gym bag already packed. If you are going to walk during lunch hour, be sure your walking shoes are handy. Do what you can to make it easy to establish the new patterns of behavior that you desire to bring health and prosperity to your life. Jini may be contacted at

Located in Asheville’s Premiere Mountain Community, The Village of Thoms Estate, sits this beautiful unique French styled villa. Quality constructed in 2015 with an open floor plan, hardwood floors, Granite counters, upgraded cabinets, Viking appliances, ceiling fans, prewired for a sound system and speakers. The exterior walls have added insulation for noise. Great main level living with three bedrooms, two custom baths, great room, work island in the kitchen, den, and laundry. Relaxing screened porch off the den. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a low maintenance Villa in a gated community with sidewalks, a playground, recreation area, and walking trails, all in desirable North Asheville close to shopping, schools and downtown Asheville. Designed for today’s life style of Lock & Go!

$699,900 | MLS: 3339059

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Enjoy Downtown Living at its Finest

2 BEDROOM | 2 BATH 2,425 SQFT MLS: 3204088 | $960,000

Enjoy downtown living at its finest in this light filled, beautifully appointed condo on the quieter, NW side of the building with views of the mountains & historic buildings. The extra square footage of this unit provides for larger rooms & 4 patios. You’ll love the 9 foot ceilings, hardwood & tile floors & upscale kitchen & baths. There’s inside parking for 2 cars. Ample storage inside the unit & in a separate storage room. Rooftop entertaining & exercise areas.

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Lake Home on Lake James with Double Level Dock! Custom Built Timberpeg Construction throughout! 3 Fireplaces, Heated Floors, 2 Car Garage with Unfinished Apt., Heated Concrete Driveway, ELEVATOR and Wrap Around Covered Porches on all three levels! An Architectural Masterpiece! MLS:592951 ~ $999,500

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A PERFECT 10!...

Surround yourself w/Quality in this tasteful home. Thoughtfully designed Gourmet Kitchen open to Great Room w/Fireplace & Wall of Windows. Spacious Master w/His & Hers Walk-In Closets plus Luxurious Master Bath. Formal Living Room & Dining w/unique Wine Cellar. Lower Level Game Room, HUGE Family/ Media Room w/Fireplace open to Patio w/Hot Tub. Upper Level houses a Kitchenette, Dining Area & Bonus Room perfect for the In-Laws. Lush Landscaping surrounds this level lot w/Long Range Mountain Views! Peaceful Country setting yet minutes to the heart of Hendersonville. MLS:3346098 ~ $750,000


Sought after Laurel Creek ..... home is warm and inviting from the minute you step into the Foyer. Private, natural setting with a Sunroom that will capture your heart! You will feel like you are in a tree house with all of natures beauty pouring through the wall of windows! Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances. Great Room with Fireplace, spacious Master on Main, Bedrooms all En Suite with Lower Level Media Room & Screened in Porch. Low Maintenance Yard and Creek on property. Community offers a Clubhouse, Pool, Tennis Courts, Dog Park and Playground. MLS:3308685 ~ $535,000


has an impressive entry from the shrub lined private drive to the impressive VIEWS from every room! Home boasts two full Kitchens, two Master Suites, sought after Open Floor Plan and incredible Outdoor Living Space. You will fall in love with the Designer Kitchen and the impeccable Wood Tray Ceilings. This stunning home overlooks a Pond and the 10th Tee of the Laurel Ridge Country Club! Treat Yourself and Come Take A Look! MLS:3162609 ~ $675,000


Townhome in North Asheville!!!! Home boasts Open Floor Plan, Upgrades galore, Master on Main w/Idyllic Sunroom, Chef ’s Kitchen w/Granite, SS Appliances, Sunny Breakfast Nook & Pantry. 2nd Bedroom w/Full Bath on Main currently used as a Media Room. Formal Dining Room, Great Room w/Cathedral Ceiling & Fireplace. Lower level houses a Family Room, 2 Bedrooms, Full Bath, Storage Room & a Workshop or Man Cave. Wonderful outdoor living space overlooking Reems Creek!!! MLS:3223162 ~ $500,000

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19 Linkside Court | The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Luxury townhome in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove with year-round mountain views. Open, light-filled floor plan with coffered ceilings, stone fireplace in Great Room & Rec Room. Spacious kitchen perfect for entertaining with Viking appliances. Master suite with expansive bath & walk-in dressing room. Lower level with 3 guest rooms. Covered balcony & grilling terrace overlook beautiful landscaping & mountain vistas. Membership to The Cliffs Club is available - allows access to 7 golf communities. MLS: 3330529 $1,395,900. Listed by: Molly McNichols | (828) 712-7877.

3 Landsdowne Court | The Ramble, Biltmore Forest Exquisite home in The Ramble with unparalleled finishes. 10 Ft ceilings, antique oak flooring, crown molding, solid wood shutters & elevator to all levels. Main level master suite w/washer/dryer. Kitchen features SubZero, Wolf, Miele appliances and fireplace. Porch w/ remote retractable screens overlooking landscaped, private, fenced yard w/ double-sided fireplace, heated pool & hot tub - backs up to nature trails. Generator, 3-zone AC/heat. Mult unfinished areas can be finished. Very private. MLS: 3322996 $2,095,000. Listed by: Molly McNichols | (828) 712-7877.

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1186 Old Highway 70 W | Black Mountain Originally designed as a stagecoach stop circa 1830, this historic property has undergone several transformations. For the past 27 years, Black Mountain Inn has operated as a 7 BR/8BA B&B w/innkeepers quarters on the main. Accommodations include 6 gracious guest rooms on the 2nd floor, incl 2 traditional sleeping porches. The entire 3rd floor is the 7th amazing guest suite, Artist Loft. Continue as B&B or convert to Event Center on 2.24 beautiful acres w/ mountain views & 180 ft. road frontage. MLS: 3315579 $1,275,000. Listed by: Chris Andres | (828) 424-8807.

319 S Braeside Court | Asheville INCREDIBLE VALUE! This immaculately kept, state-of-the-art home in the Braeside section of Biltmore Park boasts views of the Biltmore Estate & offers the finest finishes, quality & craftsmanship. Situated on 2 acres, the home features Mexican marble fireplaces, office w/ herringbone hardwood floors, cherry cabinetry & Viking appliances throughout, elevator, home theater, billiard room & complete lo PDF: wer level guest suite w/family room, full kitchen & dining room. View the Matterport 3D tour! MLS: 3260910 $1,799,000. Listed by: Brian Etheridge | (828) 551-8043.

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380 Panthertown Trail | Sapphire Equestrian estate located in The Divide at Bald Rock. Live year round or escape in the summer to this 3BR/3.5BA/4745SF Mission style mountain lodge on 6.55 acres overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains & enjoy endless trails as the community adjoins Panthertown Valley. Rough log beams, soaring T&G ceilings, stacked stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace & natural light encompass this modern, rustic home. 3-Stall custom, top-of-the-line barn w/pastures & arena make this an equestrian lover’s paradise. MLS: 3159173 $1,500,000. Listed by: Brian Etheridge | 828) 551-8043.

00000 Old Hendersonville Rd | Fletcher Unique & incredible residential development or private estate opportunity centrally located between Asheville & Hendersonville. 93 rolling acres offers several convenient access points, city water/ sewer is available and old logging roads intertwine throughout the property for easy access and viewing. Enjoy intense long range 360 degree views from multiple homesites! Minutes to schools, park, golf course, shopping, dining & hospital. MLS: 3243472 $1,795,000. Listed by: Brian Etheridge | (828) 551-8043.

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70 Bradford Vista | Fletcher Situated in picturesque Cane Creek Valley and only 20 min to vibrant downtown Asheville, come experience mountain living without steep/winding roads & enjoy year-round mountain views from nearly every room in this spacious, newer home. Features include an open floor plan, grand vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace, master on main, expansive eat-in kitchen & a bonus room or additional bedroom above the garage. The covered, wrap-around porch is perfect for entertaining! MLS: 3331169 $799,000. Listed by: Brian Etheridge | (828) 551-8043.

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8 Tranquil Forest Way | Asheville Brand new, modern home in Asheville’s all-season community, Serenity. Located only minutes to downtown Asheville, enjoy yearround mountain views & privacy without being secluded. Experience luxury mountain living at its finest with soaring cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, quartz countertops, stainless upscale appliances, clean lines throughout. 7-Day short term rental opportunity allows for a return on investment! MLS: 3335269 $775,000. Listed by: Brian Etheridge | (828) 551-8043.


50 Booter Road | Fairview Sweeping year round mountain views and peaceful privacy in the picture perfect Cane Creek valley in Fairview, just southeast of Asheville. These 5.26 acres are ideal for horses or a mini-farm, with a fenced pasture and creek access. The custom designed home is sited to capture the views from most rooms as well as the lovely outdoor living spaces. Spacious open floor plan offers one level living plus a partially finished basement ideal for apartment or private guest suite. MLS: 3313825 $584,995. Listed by: Lisa Hagan | (828)779-5404.

74 Gibbs Road | Leicester Ideal mountain horse ranch w/completely updated farmhouse, income producing apt/caretaker qtrs, workshop, multiple outbuildings. Granite countertops & Bosch stove in kitchen. Equestrian features galore: barn w/6 matted stalls, dry lot, lighted riding ring&round pen, FULL perimeter fencing, electric fencing, shelters&auto waterers. Dramatic long range mountain views, large private pond, lush grassy pastures. Country living peaceful paradise, only 10 min to Patton Ave/W. Asheville 15 min to downtown. MLS:3287109 $699,999. Listed by: Lisa Hagan | (828)779-5404.

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Featuring 12 Willowside Court in Fairview Looking for a mountain retreat in a gated community with all the conveniences Asheville has to offer? Look no further, this home truly as it all! From the gourmet kitchen that is sure to be the envy of any chef, the luxurious master suite with fireplace sitting area, to the grand two story entrance, this home has something for everyone! In addition to main level and above, this home boasts a finished walk out basement with a kitchen, media room, full bath, & tons of living space! 10min to downtown Asheville. MLS: 3260555 $849,900. Listed by: The Brookshire Andres Team | (828) 707-2773

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689 John Shehan Road | Tryon Ready to create your perfect country farmhouse retreat? This property borders Bold Creek, is nestled on a knoll with year round pastoral, long-range mountain views, and is only 2 miles from the Tryon International Equestrian Center! This idyllic home boasts a commercial grade LG country kitchen! Whether you’re looking to build your dream horse farm or just needing a beautiful, private getaway, this home has something for everyone. Waiting for your TLC & vision. MLS: 3271536 $429,900. Listed by: The Brookshire Andres Team | (828) 707-2773

68 Crestridge Drive | Asheville In the exclusive gated community of Poplar Ridge,this stunning residence is an incredible find!W/ 3 tiers of decking, pool,& long-range mountain views from almost every room, this is the ultimate home for gracious entertaining.The main level includes 2 master suites & office, while the LL includes its own garage, kitchen,& access to an extensive deck -perfect for a mother-in-law suite or guest quarters. Home boasts a theater, stunning wine cellar,& an additional spacious bonus room.Welcome Home! MLS: 3302077 $1,495,000. Listed by: The Brookshire Andres Team | (828) 707-2773

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28 Falls Lane | Hendersonville PRICED BELOW APPRAISAL! Layered mtn views from nearly every rm! This bright & open home is inviting & functional w/main lvl living, lower lvl den w/FP & entertaining bar & guest bedrooms. Features include expansive, rocking chair front porch, vaulted T&G great rm ceiling w/soaring stone FP, screened & open back deck, over-sized laundry room, home generator, separate bonus room over garage & waterfall feature. Champion Hills offers full & social memberships, amenities & w/Tom Fazio Golf Course. MLS: 3331080 $765,000 Listed by: Brian Etheridge | (828) 551-8043.

401 Hardwood Summit Drive | Hendersonville Updated mountain home w/sweeping, long distance mtn views close to d’town Hendersonville in Champion Hills. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, this home features mature, low-maintenance landscaping, privacy & TONS of outdoor living space to enjoy. Add’l features include open floor plan, sun room, expansive master suite on main, lg lower lvl fam rm, plenty of storage space & workshop, 2-car garage w/golf cart space, composite decks, screened porch & more. Golf & social memberships available! MLS: 3335990 $715,000 Listed by: Brian Etheridge | (828) 5518043.

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259 Ox Creek Road | Weaverville Beautiful mtn estate in the Ox Creek valley offering panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mtns. Located near Weaverville & mins from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy a wrought-iron & rock gated entry w/picturesque mtn & pasture views on 23.44 acres of level & gently sloping mtn land w/walking trails. Impressive one-level mtn home has A-Frame design & features views along bold Ox Creek. Lovely screened-in sunroom overlooks the creek with blooming gardens, charming bridges, creekside patio & fish pond. MLS:3210195 $885,000. Listed by: Cain Cox & Jennifer Farley | Info@AshevillesHomeTeam. com (828) 545-1383

21 Battery Park Avenue, #602 | Asheville Southwest Corner with FANTASTIC VIEWS from every room. Enjoy downtown living in Asheville’s Premier condo. Beautiful sunsets. Plenty of balcony space for entertaining. Induction Cooktop, Meile wall oven, Bosch Dishwasher, and gorgeous limestone tile. One of the nicest units and views downtown. Two secured/garage parking spaces. Storage unit on 2nd floor to convey. Club room, terrace and workout facilities on upper level. Great restaurants, shopping and entertainment just outside your door. MLS: 3335881 $1,100,000. Listed by: Mark Lavin | (828) 777-8085.

224 Westover Drive | Asheville Beautiful Modern home in Desirable MONTFORD. Tons of natural light, airy, high ceilings, many upgrades. Large 3rd level loft perfect for home office/ rec/hobbyist or yogi. New American Standard HE Furnace (main floor).Maple Butcher Block and metal countertops. JennAir Appliances, custom lighting and cabinetry. Beautiful master bath with walk-in shower. Gorgeous perennial gardens with established plantings and ornamental trees. Community oriented neighborhood. Walk-able to downtown Asheville. MLS: 3236472 $575,000. Listed by: Mark Lavin | (828) 777-8085.

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Custom New Construction...

...designed by Bruce Johnson. Built by Pike Real Estate Development. High end open kitchen over looking beautiful wood-burning fireplace with Thermador appliances, marble countertops, custom lighting, 4� oak floors, custom trim work throughout, screened porch with flagstone patio, extensive landscaping, home backs into 165 acre conservation land. Duke energy star home. 4 BED | 3/1 BA | 3096 HSQ FT | 1.270 ACR MLS:3284292 | $788,000

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Build your new home atop Crest Mountain and enjoy exceptional long range views of Downtown Asheville, The Grove Park Inn, The Biltmore Estate, French Broad River and the surrounding mountains. Stunning Views!

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Harmony with Nature: Home Design in Japan by Laura Esculcas

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Japan is a mountainous archipelago located nearly 1900 miles off the eastern shore of the Asian continent. It is made up of four main islands and several hundred smaller ones. Japan stands at the convergence of four tectonic plates, and is therefore a geologically active zone that has nearly forty active volcanoes and experiences about 1,000 earthquakes a year, making it a place where one is always aware of the power of nature. Japan’s earliest signs of agriculture date back to 5000 BCE, but the relationship between the people of the Japanese archipelago and the natural world surrounding them dates backs much earlier to when ritual structures of stone circles and standing stones were erected across the archipelago.

the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, which is based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. In home design, this translates to an appreciation of the imperfect, weathered, natural, simple and austere. Arising from this awareness is a flexible and impermanent philosophy of home design, incorporating natural materials, gardens and outdoor spaces whenever possible, and reminding inhabitants of the natural world by enhancing natural light and inviting harmony with nature.

Transitional Spaces: Gates, Doors, Entryways, and Hallways

The peoples of ancient Japan attributed geographical features, especially mountains and rivers, with divinity. Shinto, meaning “way of the gods,” is the oldest religion in Japan, and its key concepts of purity, harmony, family, respect, and elevation of the group over the individual are deeply interwoven into Japanese culture today. In Shinto, gods, spirits and supernatural forces, which are thought to inhabit places of beauty, govern nature in all its forms. Japanese home design is influenced by a close harmony with the natural world, as well as an awareness of and respect for the ever-present forces of nature.

Gates stand at places of transition, offering passage from one state to another, as well as separating outside from inside. Gates may be welcoming but also offer protection. In Japanese home design, traditional roofed gates separate the private spaces from the public arena, insuring privacy while welcoming nature in the form of a surrounding home garden beyond the gate. Besides gates, Japanese home design includes other types of transitional spaces. At the main entrance to a Japanese home is the genkan, a transitional space between outdoors and indoors where shoes are removed and stored, and where slippers are donned before entering the home.

Buddhist teachings have also greatly influenced Japanese home design. The three marks of existence – impermanence, suffering, and emptiness – gave rise to

Another transitional space in Japanese home design is the engawa, which are exterior, covered hallways that connect rooms and act as verandas in warm weather.

Most of the elements in a Japanese garden, such as water, stones, sand and vegetation, are more than just decoration, because they carry a meaning that has developed historically.

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raked gravel surrounding stones represents ripples of waves around islands. Creating a beautiful Japanese garden in your home doesn’t require a huge amount of space. It only requires the use of these elements, no matter how large or small they may be. The way these elements are used in relation to one another creates a miniaturized version of nature. The designs of these gardens are based on three principles: reduced scale, symbolism, and borrowed view. Borrowed scenery, or shakkei, is the idea of integrating the background landscape outside the garden into the design of the garden. Another way to bring the outside in and harmonize with nature is creating a connection with the water element in the form of a bath. Public baths are an important part of Japanese culture, but today many Japanese homes have their own furo, or soaking tub, which is maintained between 100 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit. After first washing and rinsing with a handheld showerhead, one enters the furo for a relaxing and reviving soak.

Doors and thresholds symbolically and physically mark yet another point of transition, and sliding doors and shoji screens are commonly employed inside Japanese homes as window coverings, interior doors, and room dividers. Easy to slide open and made of translucent paper or plastic over a wood frame, shoji screens enhance the home’s flexibility, privacy, and natural light.

One of the most important elements of traditional Japanese home design is the tatami mat. Once used as a status symbol for the rich, tatami mats and rooms have lived on in Japanese culture, and are still used as living and sleeping spaces. Made

Elements of Nature: Gardens, Baths, and Natural Materials The Japanese aesthetic of harmony with nature means access to the outdoors is a high priority in Japanese home design, so both traditional and modern Japanese homes embrace minimal transition between indoors and outdoors. Gardens are a key feature of Japanese home design. Often designed to be enjoyed from the house, Japanese gardens utilize elements such as ponds, streams, islands and hills to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery found in grander landscapes. Most of the elements in a Japanese garden, such as water, stones, sand and vegetation, are more than just decoration, because they carry a meaning that has developed historically. For example, in rock gardens, 62 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2018

of woven rush grass around a rice straw core, they are comfortable but firm underfoot, and give off a natural aromatic scent, especially on rainy or humid days. Respect for tatami mats started the tradition of removing one’s shoes before entering a tatami room. Although many modern Japanese homes have only one tatami room, or perhaps none at all, the mats are so ingrained

in Japanese culture that, even today, many apartment and housing advertisements list room sizes based on how many tatami mats will fit in the room.

Simplicity and Flexibility: Neutral Colors, Multipurpose Rooms, and Art Tatami rooms are quintessentially simple and flexible spaces. The open feel of a tatami room is meant to provide relaxation and peace of mind. Even when a home does not have a tatami room, the aesthetic of having flexible, multipurpose rooms is an important element in Japanese home design. Shoji screens, neutral colors and minimalist art enable simplicity and flexibility of the space. Neutral and earthy tones are preferred in Japanese home design, once again bringing the home more in harmony with nature. This minimalism extends to the simple yet profound art of shodo, or Japanese calligraphy, which is one of the most popular fine arts of Japan. Calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully. The Japanese shodo master creates a work of art using a bamboo brush and

inks on the rice paper to express harmony, beauty and philosophical concepts with kanji, adopted iconographic Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system. There is nothing casual about shodo. The beginning, direction, form and ending of the lines of the kanji are intended to express balance between elements, while the empty space in shodo art is seen to be as important as the lines themselves. Simple and graceful, kanji paintings embody the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, and like Japanese gardens, gates, and tatami rooms, shodo is a microcosm of the greater concepts found expressed in Japanese home design. Contact Laura at Winter 2018 | Fine Homes & Design 63

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