There’s been great progress here at Echo Hills Cottages since our last update in January of this year. Connie and Bob moved into their new home in May. The octagonal shaped, green built house features an open floor plan, custom cabinets, a porch with a beautiful view, and oak flooring milled from trees around the property.
The model home, built in 2014, is now occupied by – me, Kathleen! My housemate Shealy and I share the kitchen and I have transformed the lower level into a cozy suite with everything I need. Shealy has the rest of the top floor including a porch overlooking a wooded area of the property.
The next house under construction in our West Asheville community is Ron and Laurie’s. It’s more than halfway done and looks different every day. Once the stucco is finished it will blend in quite nicely with the trees. I think it already does. A great example of thoughtful and professional land-use planning.
My favorite part of the process so far was the delivery of the insulated concrete forms. Sitting there waiting to be installed, they reminded me of Lego bricks. Well they’re much more than that of course. They are light, easy to work with, and provide an insulating factor of R 25. The houses being built at Echo Hills Cottages are super energy efficient as well as beautiful.
It’s been inspiring to watch Echo Hills Cottages grow. As a community we are all engaged and committed to a level of relational connection that gives us a sense of belonging, and safety. For me, living here is providing opportunities for personal growth and development that I have desired for a long time.