Q & A with Builder Sean Sullivan
Imagine living in your own National Park. That is exactly the feeling one gets at French Broad Crossing. Located along the ancient French Broad River outside the charming town of Marshall, NC, this premier gated community sits on vast acres of preserved land, just minutes from downtown Asheville. French Broad Crossing will soon be introducing the new 2017 Southern Living Inspired Home, scheduled for completion this fall. We recently had the chance to sit down with the builder, Sean Sullivan, of Living Stone Construction.
Q: How did you get involved with French Broad Crossing and building the Southern Living Inspired Home?
A: We have built several houses at French Broad Crossing over the past couple of years for several different homeowners. Over that time I have gotten to know many of the folks there, including the General Manager, Christen Miller. She originally approached us last year about designing and building the Southern Living House. Of course we were thrilled about the opportunity right away.
Q: What excited you about this opportunity?
A: Well, having the chance to work on a Southern Living Inspired Home is special. It represents the utmost in quality and style. They’ve become a recognized benchmark in this industry. Also, we think this is the perfect community for a Southern Living Inspired Home. It’s a gorgeous piece of mountain property, right on top of the French Broad River, offering great views and amenities. I can’t think of a more perfect setting for building a Southern Living Inspired Home.
Q: Talk a little more about the specific setting for this new Southern Living Inspired Home.
A: It’s a great location, within earshot of the river, and tucked away nicely on a secluded lot. It has great unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains and ridgeline, from both the front and back porches. This property is also bordered by conservation land, which means it will be preserved in tact generation after generation.
Q: Tell me about the home itself.
A: We have the perfect design for this Southern Living Inspired Home—one that blends indoors and outdoors seamlessly, which is what French Broad Crossing is all about. The house plan is two stories, very open, with vaulted ceilings, and plenty of windows to give you the sense you are immersed in and part of this pristine mountain setting. The front porch is designed to accommodate landscaping and wraps around and connects on the left side going straight back to the house. A very nice feature we think. The back porch is accessible via sliding glass doors and features an inviting fireplace.
Q: What is your favorite design feature of this house?
A: That’s tough, because I love the layout and the openness and how it all flows with the setting. Let’s see, I think one thing that really stands out is the reading loft upstairs. At the top of the stairs it opens up and looks down on the lower level. There’s good natural light and it’s a great spot to read or hang out.
Q: What about the bedrooms and baths?
A: There are three bedrooms, including one master that is very spacious and has walk-in closet with a built-in island in the middle of the closet. The master bath also is impressive and features vaulted ceilings and beams, with an open wet room, and an under mount, counter-sunk tub.