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Custom Homebuilding: Top 5 Tips for Views and Lighting

The smell of fresh coffee in the morning, the gentle caress of the morning sun streaming through your kitchen window, and the picturesque landscapes of Asheville, North Carolina. This morning could be yours. Building your dream custom home in this charming city is an exciting journey filled with possibilities. However, creating a residence that seamlessly blends breathtaking views and abundant natural light requires careful consideration. In this guide, we'll explore the top 5 considerations for building a home that not only captures the essence of Asheville, but also provides an unparalleled living experience.





1. Elevated Perspectives

Asheville's varied terrain offers a diverse range of panoramic views, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the lush valleys below. When selecting a plot, consider the natural contours of the land and how it can enhance your home's views. According to a study by the Asheville-Buncombe County Planning Department, homes situated on elevated positions within the city experience a higher resale value, with an average increase of 15% compared to homes on flatter terrain. The view pays for itself!


2. Sustainable Lighting

Asheville enjoys an average of 212 sunny days per year, making it an ideal location for harnessing natural light. To capitalize on this, opt for large, strategically placed windows in the areas you will use the most. Use the light that nature provides! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes with ample natural light experience a 25% reduction in energy consumption, contributing to both environmental sustainability and reduced utility bills.


3. Climate Control

While natural light is a key component of an inviting home, it's crucial to strike a balance with climate control. Asheville's climate is characterized by warm summers and cool winters. Investing in energy-efficient windows and shades that regulate light and temperature will pay dividends when the weather gets intense. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, proper window placement can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 30%.


4. Preserving Privacy

In the quest for breathtaking views, don't forget about privacy. Asheville's surroundings deserve to be enjoyed without having to worry about your oasis being breached. Thoughtful landscaping and architectural elements that maintain privacy without obstructing the views are paramount here. It's a delicate balance of ensuring you can remain undisturbed if wanted, while also keeping your living space open to the bounty of Western North Carolina.


5. Viewing the Long-Term

In Asheville, building a home that captures the essence of the area's beauty is an art form. Fleming Design Build can be your partner in turning this dream into a reality. As you embark on this journey, consider the unique topography, embrace natural light, and prioritize sustainability. With every decision, envision not just the present but the enduring legacy of your dream home. Are you ready to transform your aspirations into architectural splendor?


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