Home Automation - The Future of Home

Home AutomationDo you control your home from your smart phone or iPad?



Technology is no longer a luxury, it is a way of life. Relying on our smart phones daily to connect with friends, family, and the world. As technology advances, so does the way our homes operate. Home automation offers some of latest technologic advances yet. Operating your home from your smart phone or iPad, can be as basic as controlling your audio video system, or programming accessories such as lighting, thermostat (temperature), security, and just about anything you can turn on or turn off.  

A home automation system can be as simple or as advanced as you want. Home automation was created to run your home. Turn on the sprinklers at a certain time every day, detect unusual activity, turn on the bathtub, warm up the oven, check the thermostat on the fridge, whatever you can imagine, you can do.  It is the future of the new home. Lifestyle is blending with technology to make the comforts of home a personal experience customized for you. Play your favorite music throughout the house, or schedule lighting to create the perfect ambience for any occasion or time of day. 


A home automation system can be installed at any time in your home. And having a schedule for your home can assist energy efficiency. There are a variety of different apps and programs that can be purchased to automate a home, and automation has never been more affordable. With one simple click or swish on your smartphone, you can make changes to your home from your phone.  Many software options require you to download their app to get the most functions out of your system. Do your research, and shop around. Technology is always advancing, so be sure you are getting all the features that you want in a home automation system. 


Home automation is the future of our homes.

Finding An Asheville Green Contractor

Green Asheville Contractor

If you are environmentally conscious, you are concerned about the impact your choices and daily activities have on the world around you.   Aligning your values with your home remodeling is important to you. Finding an Asheville green contractor is simply more than hiring someone who promises to be environmentally friendly. There are several important factors you must consider when choosing a green contractor for your remodel or repairs.

First, ask to examine the types of materials that your chosen contractor will use in your home. It is not enough to simply buy a few appliances that promise to be green; it is more important to ensure that everything used by your green builder is designed to have as minimized an impact on the environment as possible.  Some examples of green supplies include remanufactured or recycled wood, energy efficient appliances, remanufactured or recycled parts, and material that is designed to not cause harm should it breakdown.

Second, ask to examine the methods or best practices in the remodel process.  Specifically, you'll want to watch for wasteful or harmful behavior by either the builder or his/her hired crew.  Do they minimize the amount of energy used when working on your home?  How are excess products handled?  If a hazardous substance cannot be avoided, how is it approached or disposed of?  Ask your Asheville green contractor to walk you through his construction process step by step to determine if he is truly observing green principles or is simple taking one or two steps that are valuable for appearance sake only.

Finally, look into whether or not your home remodel is accordance with Green Built Practices.  Green Built North Carolina, formerly NC HealthyBuilt Homes, is a voluntary, statewide green building program administered by the Western North Carolina Green Building Council. The WNC Green Building Council (WNCGBC) is pleased to offer the Green Built NC Program to builders throughout the region.

Green Built NC is targeted at small to medium sized home builders who may not have the resources to compete with larger builders in the rapidly emerging field of green building. This program offers a certificate for meeting green building guidelines, technical and marketing assistance, design reviews, workshops, and field consultation services that enable builders to increase their green building expertise, gain market share of home buyers interested in high-performance building techniques, and boost companies profitability. Green Built NC is proud to be recognized as a RESNET Energy Smart Builder Program.

You've already taken the important first step in working to protect the environment around you and minimize your impact.  By carefully considering variables including building supplies and practices as well as the following of Green Built standards, you'll be able to successfully find the right Asheville green contractor to help you remodel your home.

HGTV Visits Asheville and Mosaic Realty

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HGTV Asheville Remodel 2015A unique food scene, lively local music, and tons of hospitality make Asheville, North Carolina the perfect location for HGTV Urban Oasis 2015.  


HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 is soaring to new heights. To a breathtaking city which is known as the Land of the Sky. Located on a plateau rising over 2,000 feet high in the heart of the magnificient Blue Ridge mountains, lies a city surrounded by extraordinary vistas and blow your mind natural wonders. Asheville, North Carolina. 

One of the nations most stunning highways, the Blue Ridge Parkway, leads to this premier destination of the Southeast. Part of the great Appalachian Mountain chain, Asheville is an outdoor paradise. Voted one of the ten most beautiful places in America. 

Downtown, you will find a vibrant mix of art, culture, and cuisine. From unique street performers to eclectic art galleries, and delicious restaurants and cafes on every street. And then, there is the beer. Dozens of microbreweries and brewpubs producing tasty local craft beers has garnered Asheville the title of beer city USA for four years in a row, and one of eight best beer towns in the United States. 

It all adds up to a spectacular Urban Oasis setting, and the best part, it can be all yours. So come with me, Scott McGillivary because we are about to tear it up in North Carolian for HGTV's Urban Oasis 2015 Asheville remdoel. 

Watch the trailer here...



  1. Cathy Sarah on

    I can't wait to see what you do with this old home! What will the basement be used for? Will it remain a storage area, or be converted to a den, playroom, or separate living quarters?
    • Cathy on

      An Asheville, NC Bungalow!! This is going to be an exciting remodel in an absolutely beautiful area. I love Asheville!! I can already see myself living here.
      • Pattie Bilbao on

        I would LOVE to win as I lost job, home in 2008, now living with a friend in Johnson City, TN with a friend. I hated leaving Asheville (actually lived in Candler for 10 yrs). My daughter, 6 yr old granddaughter and son-in-law still live in Asheville and I would love to be able to GO BACK HOME! i AM 62 YRS OLD and want and need to be where I was destined to live my life out.
        • Brenda carlile on

          It would be SO awesome to win this bungalow! Our Son rents a duplex in Asheville a few blocks from his little NY style Pizza parlor! This bungalow would just give us a boost!
          • Lee on

            So what DID you do with the basement? It doesn't show up anywhere on the floorplan or tour photos or videos.
            • carol boler on

              I hope a dersevering person can get this home.
              • Dee on

                Scott you're awesome, the home is fantastic, watch you show last night, I'm originally from NC but live in Texas, this kind if home will make me want to move back & the car too, WOW
                • CIndy on

                  So oo.. what about the basement?