Welcome! Please forgive me for the sporadic publishing of posts the past six weeks.   Although I have one more day surgery to go, (next week pending keeping the infection in my ear area at bay)  I am preparing a series of mountain home posts ahead of time and hope to get those published while recovering.

I am joining Julia’s Hooked On Friday party because I am Hooked on Mountain Homes!

These homes were built in the Carolina mountains between Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC in a development called The Cliff’s Communities. There are six Cliff’s Communities located within 1.5-2 hours of each other. These are golf communities with gorgeous views. If you live in one area, it gives you the right to play golf at the other Cliff’s courses.  The Cliff’s were able to sign up Tiger Woods to develop his very first golf course in the US in a new development under construction near Asheville.


So many wonderful details! Doesn’t the stone and the timbers shout mountain living? Notice as you look through the windows on the front door, which I think is divine, is a direct view out of the windows on the back of the house.


I think the driveway pavers and border make a nice statement.


I am not as fond of the garage doors facing the street being the main focal point but realize this is so the view off the back of the house can be best utilized.


Doesn’t the home look dreamy at night. Notice the soffit details and the wooden beams accenting the garage doors. I like the arched window on the second level above the front door.



Though I am fond of the doors with the glass window panes, isn’t this a great design.

By the way, the builder of these gorgeous mountain homes is my son-in-law, Ray Foral. Ray is exceptional at pricing a home and coming in on budget. He knows his stuff. He knows how to treat his subs and he pays attention to construction details. Ray grew up in the Vail, Eagle area. With a background in excavating for mountain homes being built in Vail, Beaver Creek, and Arrowhead, he then joined a development company who built mountain homes. That company bought land in some of The Cliff Communities and moved Ray to the Carolina’s to head up those mountain projects. In the four years since marrying my daughter and moving to the area, he has built over 70 single family homes and duplexes ranging in size from 2,300 square feet-8,000 square feet with prices ranging from $800,000-$4 million.

Ray is a big fan of my book, Designing Your Dream Home, believing if all of his clients used my book there would be less change orders and better client understanding of the design and building process.

Ray has joined with two partners and formed his own construction company called Ridgeline Construction Group Inc. 201 E. North Street Ste 203  Greenville, SC 29601  864 313-0638 Though located in Greenville, SC,  they build in the Greenville and Asheville, NC areas.