Ventana, Asheville

Do you have a dream for a new custom home in Asheville? Osada Construction is proud to be a featured builder in the burgeoning Ventana community of Asheville, NC and we're excited to help dreams become reality with quality new homes made with green building methods and energy efficient construction. Matt Osada has 20 years of experience in the field of green building and the construction of eco homes. Together alongside his staff of custom home builders, he leads the field as one of the most trusted green home builders in Asheville. We provide quality workmanship, timely project completion, and a commitment to exceeding expectations

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 3,000 feet, Ventana provides a private, gated community where residents can appreciate the luxury and beauty of nature. Ventana is a place to raise a family, to experience nature and all its possibilities, and to enjoy the culture of downtown Asheville. At Ventana, you can take in the natural beauty of majestic forests and cool, winding streams from the comfort of your home. No other community in Western North Carolina can offer such gorgeous mountain views while also placing residents within minutes of downtown Asheville.

Living at Ventana affords you the benefits of sustainable, refined, rural mountain living while remaining close to a convenient, vibrant downtown.

Ventana’s community design concept focuses on the goal of providing a neighborhood that connects people and their homes to the surrounding landscape. The community achieves this goal by establishing several priorities to land development:

  • Protect the land’s natural beauty and resources 
  • Minimize site disturbance during construction 
  • Use innovative stormwater management practices during and after construction 
  • Design homes that are appropriate for their specific property 
  • Provide amenities that encourage neighbors to engage with the landscape
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Ventana includes approximately 100 acres of forested mountainside with dramatic views of downtown Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Creeks, trails, native hardwood and rhododendron forests characterize the natural landscape of the community. Neighborhood parks and other community amenities are planned for future development. A total of approximately 80 private lots are planned for phase 1 and phase 2.

Award Winning Green Construction

Osada Construction is very proud to have won the 2014 Asheville Home Builders Association Builder of the Year Award. The award comes in the wake of having a featured home in the 2014 Asheville Parade of Homes which visitors explored at 37 Boulder Creek Way in the Falcon Ridge Community just minutes from Asheville.

This finely crafted home was constructed on a wooded lot with easy access to the community pavilion and walking trails; it features:

  • Spacious open floor plan with soaring 25 ft. vaulted ceilings and year-round long range views from expansive decks and expansive glass openings
  • 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath includes 2 master suites with private southwest facing decks
  • Gourmet kitchen with 36″ gas cooktop, second prep sink, pot filler, and large pantry
  • Granite countertops, hardwood floors throughout, custom all wood cabinetry, locally quarried stone fireplace, locally harvested trim and ceiling beams, designer tile and stone in bathrooms
  • Lots of storage, large closets, utility room on both levels, 8′ doors with oil rubbed bronze hardware
  • NC Green Built and Energy Star Certified – with multi zone efficiency air-conditioning and natural gas furnace, low-e insulated windows

See more of this beautiful new addition to the Osada Portfolio here.

Are Green Building & Sustainability Here To Stay?

Sustainability is increasingly mainstream, and LEED certification is commonplace in commercial design.

What started out as social responsibility is becoming standard business practice.

The last decade has proven that sustainability is hardly a trend. It’s more of a movement – and it’s happening from within. In a time of slow growth, many Asheville builders are shifting from fast and cheap to the affordable and sustainable model. It hasn’t exactly galvanized a non-start sector, but construction work, like construction materials, may improve as a result of sustainability standards. As commercial construction and new home building continues to comes back, it will come back stronger and greener than ever.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a private nonprofit in Washington that has administered the internationally recognized LEED (Lead-ership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program since 1998, the green building industry has contributed more than half a trillion dollars to the US national economy from 2009 to 2014.

This means, without a doubt, that it’s safe to say that the ‘sustainability trend’ is moving away from being a trend and is now becoming commonplace and an integral part of commercial building design as well as private home design and construction.

A fortunate confluence of environmental awareness, rising energy costs and common sense has provided momentum for the green building movement, which has been embraced by engineers, designers and developers as well as environmentalists. What started out as social responsibility is rapidly becoming standard business practice, and it has been at Osada Construction since day 1.

A big part of this fast paced evolution and widespread popularity of improved building standards is the LEED rating system, a way to measure building sustainability. It has evolved to address a variety of building types and emphasizes sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy savings, material selection and indoor environmental quality. The rating system for new construction encompasses several levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum, depending on the degree of sustainability and carbon emissions removal achieved.

Osada Construction is Asheville's Green Building expert with over 20 years of experience. If you're looking for an experienced green building contractor for your next home or commercial construction project, contact Osada Construction today!

Financial Incentives for Green Building in Asheville

In North Carolina, green incentives are offered by the state and local governments, as well as private agencies.  They consist of tax credits, discounts, loans, grants, and rebates. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get confused with so many options for green financial assistance.

Renewable Energy Tax Credit

North Carolina offers a broad, statewide renewable energy incentive.  The green building director of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC), has explained that it’s “a 35% state tax credit on top of the federal credit,” (we will discuss the 30% Federal credit later).  This personal tax credit applies to “the cost of eligible renewable energy property constructed, purchased or leased by a taxpayer and placed into service in North Carolina during the taxable year,” says the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) Website.  It’s a comprehensive databank assembled by the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) of the available incentives across the country.  Eligible technologies for the North Carolina tax credit include solar heating and electrical systems as well as wind systems, among others.  Each credit is capped depending on the eligible items installed, but you can still get between $1,400 and $10,500.  The North Carolina tax credit expires on December 31, 2009.

Solar Energy Tax Credits in North Carolina

North Carolina also offers two major tax incentives that focus on solar energy.  First is the active solar heating and cooling systems exemption, which applies to solar water heating and solar space heating/cooling systems installed in your home.  The system is assessed for its value, which cannot be “more than the value of a conventional system for property tax purposes,” according to the DSIRE Website.  That means, if you have a solar heating system that costs $20,000, but a similar heat pump costs $5,000, the extra $15,000 wouldn’t be added to the value of your system.  Then, your system’s appraised value is exempt from property taxes.  The second incentive is the property tax abatement for solar electric systems.  Your system is, again, appraised for its value, of which 80 percent is exempted from your property taxes.

Energy Star Appliance Sales Tax Holiday

In 2008, North Carolina also instituted a sales tax holiday for people buying Energy Star-certified appliances.  This sales tax holiday occurs each year throughout the first weekend in November, beginning Friday morning and ending Sunday night.  As long as your appliance will not be used for business purposes, you will not have to pay any sales tax on the appliance you purchase during this time frame.  So, if you’re buying an Energy Star dishwasher that costs $750, you will save around $50 on sales tax if you buy it during the tax holiday weekend.

Buncombe County Building Permit Fee Waivers and Rebates

Your local government might also contribute to the green in your pocket as you green your home.  Asheville waives the fee for building permits for new homes being built to include renewable energy sources, such as wind or geothermal heating systems, as well as for homes that will become certified through the Energy Star, HealthyBuilt Home, or LEED certification programs. The level of your home’s certification will determine what percentage of the fee will be rebated.  North Carolina makes the process of obtaining building permit fee reductions and rebates easy between its counties.  According to state law, all counties and cities can offer their residents a building permit reduction or rebate under the local option green building incentive.  Once your home is certified through a nationally-recognized program, you will get your money back!  Also, you might get rebates of your system's purchase costs from your local government.  For example, the city of Statesville offers $150 rebates for the purchase of water heaters and $450 for buying heat pumps that are upgrades to new, more energy efficient technologies that pass city inspection.

Green Power Energy Production Incentive Possibilities

N.C. GreenPower (NCGP) is a statewide non-profit association that seeks to institute the use of green power throughout North Carolina.  Every electric utility company in the state, including progressive green-proponent Duke Power (also a major sponsor of NCGP) participates in the NCGP program.  This production incentive program offers a variety of options to fit your project plans for green power generation.  You can choose one of the two net metering options, which means that your production will offset the cost of your own utility bill and the utility company will pay you for the excess electricity.  Or, you can choose one of the two sell-all options, which means that you’ll sell the entire generation capacity of your system to the utility company to be used as it sees fit.  Your system will basically be rented by the utility company for a small fee, which becomes your profit.  To participate in an NCGP program, you must submit an application.  If selected, you will sign a power-purchase agreement with your utility company and NCGP.  The payments you will receive will be based on the type of green electric system you have and the amount of kilowatts it produces.  Not surprisingly, these production incentives can be difficult to understand and vary by company, so you should contact your utility company for thorough information before making the switch to energy production.

Osada Construction is Asheville's Green Building Expert

Through our years of experience, our team has helped clients take advantage of every one of these benefits. If you're looking to start construction on an energy efficient and sustainably built modular home in Asheville, call Osada Construction at 828.606.5295 to discuss the many possibilities.

The Boulders of North Carolina

At Last. Life Without Compromise. Mere minutes from everything resides a place where family, friends and community reside on a mountainside. Surprisingly close to it all, you’ll find a hidden gem inspired by nature – layered mountain ridges, towering hardwoods, centuries old boulders and views from every homesite.

Mountain inspired craftsman homes that embrace outdoor living and are beautifully designed with wide open floor plans, master suite on the main level and quality finishes ranging from 1,937 to 3,445sf. Inquire about $7,500 in free upgrades for a limited time.

Initial homesite release. The first release of homesites are priced from only $69,900 in the Oak Ridge neighborhood and in the $100's at Cliffside, with their long range views and a dramatic cliff backdrop. Come visit our model show home, available for purchase with a leaseback opportunity.

The Estates. Now taking reservations for one-of-a-kind custom homesites in The Estates. Incredible long range views of layered mountains up to 300 degrees. A rare opportunity for spectacular view homesites in a location unmatched.

Everyone wants to live among the beauty of nature and the mountains without sacrificing convenience and accessibility to city pleasures. At The Boulders you can have it all, where both Hendersonville and Asheville are so close to your front door.

A location beyond compare, just six minutes away are the shops, restaurants, art and culture of downtown Hendersonville and famed Main Street. And perfectly situated on the north end of town, The Boulders is only 7 minutes to South Asheville, 12 minutes to Biltmore Town Square and a 20-minute drive to downtown Asheville.

You’ll find both of these mountain towns praised on endless “Top Places to Live” lists, and The Boulders is positioned to give you easy access to the best of both worlds. It’s all about location, and at last, you can have it all.

10 Benefits Of Working with a Green Builder in Asheville

There are many benefits to building a home with a green builder; some environmental and others economical. When someone with knowledge of the materials and systems that can be used in green construction is involved in every step of the design and development process for your new green building project, you will save critical natural resources and will have a home that uses less energy than a conventional home. There are several companies offering luxury home construction in the greater Asheville area are that market themselves as green home builders - few of them have the experience, portfolio, quality, and customer-service-oriented experience that you'll find at Osada Construction.

The following are 10 benefits of working with the Asheville Green Builders at Osada Construction.

Energy Savings

There are many new methods for saving energy in a home. From the way it is sited on a lot to the systems that are used to heat water, cool and heat the home, and the materials from which the home is constructed. All of these factors can affect the energy that is used. The Asheville Green Builders at Osada Construction will use extra insulation and triple pained sealed windows to save energy in your home. Osada also has established relationships with Asheville's best solar energy contractors and can include solar PV and Solar Thermal energy options in your home plans.

Water Conservation

A luxury home that uses water as efficiently as it uses power can be a large factor on annual costs of ownership. Toilets can be used that are low flush, water saving showerheads, high effiiciency clothes washers and low water use dishwashers can help save thousands of gallons of water a year.

Materials

Using materials that are sustainable such as lumber, bamboo, recycled materials, Hardee board siding, sheep’s wool, concrete and cork, are but a few materials used by the green home builders at Osada Construction.

Insulation Value

How well a house is insulated is a big factor in its energy use. The Asheville Green Builders at Osada will know what type and amount of insulation will be required in the construction of your new home and will plan accordingly. A well insulated Osada home will keep you cool during our hot NC summers and warm through our cold mountain winters.

Indoor Air Quality

There is more emphasis placed on the airflow in a green house. Whether the system is passive in your luxury home, using convection for airflow or active, using electrical powered fans, airflow in a green home provides cleaner air than a conventional home. When coupled with low emission materials, such as bamboo flooring and concrete countertops, the amount of toxic chemicals within the home are lowered.

Tax Benefits

Not to be overlooked, there are tax benefits to using sustainable building practices to construct your new home. There are some local and federal tax breaks for building green.

Long Term Cost Savings

In many cases, sustainable new home construction by an Asheville Green Builder may cost slightly more than that of a conventional house. However, these up-front costs will come back to you over time in overall energy and water savings.

Resale Value

Due to the unique quality construction of a green luxury home, built by a green home builder, the value of your property will be greater in the long run. Many of the homes built by Osada Construction offer owners instant equity even with the smallest of down payments because there is tremendous value in green building. Because not all new home builders have the foresight to use green building practices, a properly constructed sustainable home can be sold at a premium in today's market.  

Net Zero Capabilities

By going a little further in the planning of your green home, it can be made into a home that is net zero. This occurs when you have a home that produces its own energy with wind, solar or hydroelectric power that enables the owner to sell back energy to the power company. These upgrades will add to the initial cost of the home, but the long-term savings can be very large.

Personal Satisfaction

The personal satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your part to preserve the environment is a very good reason to use a green home builder. Osada Construction has one of Asheville's highest customer satisfaction rates and there's a clear correlation to the pride that owner, Matt Osada, takes in his work. If you're interested in building a new sustainable luxury home in the Asheville area, call 828.606.5295 to find out how Osada Construction can help you through every step of the process.

Beaucatcher Heights

Beaucatcher Heights

Beaucatcher Heights is one of the only master planned communities close to downtown Asheville offering such a rare mix—

incredible proximity to downtown and Biltmore Village, large homesites (many with incredible long-range mountain views), and a true “neighborhood” feel.

Beaucatcher Heights—large wooded urban homesites less than five minutes from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village

One of Asheville’s most desirable communities, Kenilworth, located just east of downtown is full of intriguing roads, and an amazing diversity of home sizes and styles. The neighborhood boasts large stately trees, beautiful residential landscapes, and peaceful parks and gardens. It’s an older, established neighborhood with very little vacant land.

Beaucatcher Heights is one of the only master planned communities close to downtown Asheville offering such a rare mix—incredible proximity to downtown and Biltmore Village, large homesites (many with incredible long-range mountain views), and a true “neighborhood” feel. In fact, the most frequent comment first-time visitors make is “wow, we had no idea something like this was so close to downtown!”

Living in this suburban/urban Asheville environment, you can be almost anywhere in just five minutes. This includes dozens of world-class restaurants located downtown, the River Arts District, historic west Asheville and Biltmore Village.  As well experience easy access to grocery stores, gas stations, great shopping, and Mission Health System, the region’s tertiary care hospital. Theatres, the symphony, art galleries, live music venues, and excellent schools are also close by.

This 69-acre tract starts at Kenilworth Road, rising to the top of Beaucatcher mountain which overlooks Asheville. Characterized by deep woods with hundreds of mature hardwoods, homesites range from .3 to over 2 acres, many of which have long-range mountain views. Pricing for homesites start at just $55,000, with homes starting in the high $300s!

The property has an amazing infrastructure already in place. This includes paved roads expertly banked with broad sidewalks. Wrought iron street lights tastefully interspersed with hardwood trees line each street. There are no wires overhead—all utilities are buried underground. Depending on what side of town you want to visit, there are several ways in and out of the development.

Beaucatcher Heights is a thoughtful development—carefully planned to retain the charm of Kenilworth’s established, eclectic community while offering larger homesites and new construction. Our Architectural Review Committee assures that whatever is built fits the homesite and the neighborhood, while leaving abundant room for an individual’s sense of style. The homeowners association helps uphold neighborhood standards for additions, fencing, and other architectural items.

Several of the home styles considered are arts & crafts, mountain modern, or mountain cottage—many tastefully appointed under 3,000 square feet. In keeping with Kenilworth’s diversity of home sizes, there are no minimum or maximum square footage requirements.

Beaucatcher Heights is a development you must see to believe. These wonderful wooded homesites and mountain views with five-minute access to downtown will not last long. Visit us today to discover there really is something this special so close to downtown!

The Villages at Crest Mountain

The Villages at Crest Mountain is a comprehensive green-built neighborhood 4.5 miles from downtown Asheville, North Carolina. This affordable intentional eco-community embraces social interaction, organic food production, renewable energy, healthy built construction, composting and rainwater harvesting.

The Villages at Crest Mountain is a comprehensive green-built neighborhood 4.5 miles from downtown Asheville, North Carolina. This affordable intentional eco-community embraces social interaction and fellowship, organic food production, renewable energy, healthy built construction, rainwater harvesting, and shared resources.

On-site amenities enable residents and families to enjoy a simple, natural lifestyle in step with cutting-edge sustainable technology: VCM is proud to boast:

  • Stylish, healthy built and energy efficient homes
  • Community-wide rainwater catchment
  • South facing lots for optimal solar orientation
  • Community walking trails, gardens, greenhouse, orchards, vineyards, edible landscaping and berry patches
  • Covered gathering areas and childrens play ground (planned)
  • Social Governance program and Community Home Owners Association
  • Two acres of central green space
  • Proposed community center with tavern and co-op featuring local organic beers, artisan crafts, and organic foods
  • Offering two distinct phases, giving option of smaller affordable homes adjacent to acres of green space or larger elevated wooded lots offering panoramic views.

The Villages at Crest Mountain offers a comprehensive, sustainable neighborhood with prices well within reach of the majority of Asheville homebuyers.  Our primary objective is to maximize the sustainability of the land while keeping prices affordable.