The Vista Blog

Preparing For An Empty Nest? Consider These Options for Downsizing

Posted by Danielle McKelley on July 11, 2018

Significant life changes tend to be one of the most common reasons for a family to begin searching for a new home. For many, buying a new home means that the kids have flocked from the nest and started lives of their own -- either at college, in their careers or with their new spouse and children.

The empty nest years are a time for parents to look at their future and reconsider the house they call home. Think about it... There you are in this big empty house with a yard to maintain and more space than you need as you head into your golden years.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

4 Hiking Trails Near Asheville You Need To Explore This Summer

Posted by Danielle McKelley on June 29, 2018

The temperatures are rising and the days are longer, which means now is the best time to spend the day outside exploring the beauty of Asheville, North Carolina.

With blooming flowers, beautiful wildlife, open meadows, hiking trails and waterfalls, the Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with just about everything that makes up a perfect outdoor experience.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Bring Beauty to your Home with a Sustainable Garden

Posted by Danielle McKelley on May 30, 2018

When you’re living in a custom home surrounded by the grandeur of Western North Carolina, it’s natural to want to re-create a piece of that paradise in your own yard.

But you also want to have time to get out and enjoy WNC without having to spend every spare moment maintaining your garden.

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

Tips for Choosing Your New Neighborhood

Posted by Heidi Willard on May 09, 2018

Depending on your personality type, finding a new neighborhood can either be exciting or overwhelming. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of eager versus anxious, it's helpful to begin your search by asking yourself several important questions.

These questions will guide you through your possibilities and ultimately lead you to the neighborhood that's right for you!

Let's get started...

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Tags: Advice on Buying

3 Things To Consider When Building Your Forever Home

Posted by Danielle McKelley on April 25, 2018

We have all dreamed of our "forever home" including luxury features like beautiful granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, or outstanding curb appeal with a spacious front porch.

Will all those luxury features truly serve to create a lasting perfect home for you? 

Let's face it, we are all going to get older, and when building a custom home we tend to get lost in that exact moment and forget about the accessibility we will need later on. Here are 3 things that you want to consider when preparing to build your custom "forever" home without compromising your must-have features. 

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

Formal Dining vs. Open Concept

Posted by Heidi Willard on April 10, 2018

If you've watched HGTV at any point in the last five years, you've probably heard the term "open concept." In fact, you hardly need totune in for more than a minute before someone on screen raves about an open concept floor plan or complains about the lack of one.

Open concept floor plans are certainly popular, and they're likely here to stay. But does the open concept dining room mean an end to the formal dining room? Not likely. Considering the fact that both options have several unique advantages, it's likely that you'll be seeing both formal dining and open concept dining areas in both new homes and homes that have been recently remodeled.

The real question to answer is, which dining room style is right for you? That's what this article will help you determine.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Floor Plans

How Do Home Construction Loans Work?

Posted by Danielle McKelley on March 29, 2018

When it comes to buying a home, most people are very familiar with applying for a mortgage, purchasing, and moving into a home that is already built. However, construction loans designed to help you build a brand new house from scratch can be a little more difficult to understand than your typical mortgage.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Advice on Buying

4 Easy Ways To "Green Up" Your Living Spaces

Posted by Danielle McKelley on March 06, 2018

We can thank Joanna Gaines for all the hype of the farmhouse decor and homes. This style has become insanely popular since "Fixer Upper" has aired and one of the things we love most about the Farmhouse trend is all of the emphasis on bringing greenery right into your home!

Bringing the outside in has many benefits to your health: houseplants help to absorb pollutants and exchange the for oxygen, improving air quality. They're also peaceful and relaxing to look at. 

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Buying Land Before Hiring a Custom Home Builder

Posted by Danielle McKelley on February 21, 2018

Have you always dreamed of building a home from scratch? Choosing all of your custom features and creating your own layout? Of course! We all have dreamed of our perfect forever home.

The hardest part is figuring out where to actually start.  A common question that we hear is whether or not you need to purchase land before you start working with a home builder. There isn't really a right answer to this question, but having your land ahead of time can be at a great advantage. 

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Custom Home Builders: First Impressions

Posted by Danielle McKelley on February 07, 2018

We previously covered what you should look for when researching custom home builders, including location, previous reviews, and that open line of communication.

What happens when you have chosen your builder and it's time to reach out and have that first initial meeting? 

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