Craggy's View

Craggy's View Barnardsville NC

Kenilworth Cottage

Kenilworth Cottage Asheville, NC

Montford Midnight Sun

Montford Midnight Sun Asheville, NC

Builder of Better Homes

  • Be Smart with Indoor-Air

    Building new is an opportunity for healthier, indoor-air-quality. Many construction decisions influence the health of indoor-air. We always include balanced outdoor-air ventilation, account for indoor pollution sources, and recommend materials meeting the needs of the chemically sensitive. Smart indoor-air-quality is the most important measure for health in your home, and we are among the most important builders to choose for this hidden level of quality.

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  • Building Science Craftsmanship

    Building science works mostly hidden, behind the finishes and surfaces that we touch and see. Modern levels of insulation demand more air-sealing to be effective and better weather barriers, to resist water damage and moisture problems. Our blogs and nationally published articles highlight important hidden craftsmanship including; rain-screens, passive-solar-design, and water-resistant window installations. We are building science experts, incorporating best practices in everything we build.

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  • Pushing the Building Envelope

    The building envelope encompasses the thermal and weather barriers to the ground and outside world. It has many dissimilar parts with penetrations, transitions and important connection details. Little things add up to a big picture affecting indoor-air, energy costs and durability. Our record-breaking blower door results prove, we take the building envelope as seriously as our home's aesthetics.

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  • Springtime Cottage Plans

    Most of our custom building projects include architects and designers. We created the Springtime Cottage as a small Passive-Solar-Design, adaptable to different building sites. Master-on-main with ADA accessibility, 3bed/2bath, and a simple design fitting for most neighborhoods. It's easily modified for personal needs and challenging building sites. A good fit for those seeking passive-solar simplicity in a traditional and attractive architectural form.

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featured project

This design by architect Gregory Saxon, follows the contour of a steep ridge overlooking the Ivy-river valley. The north-facing design still manages to meet passive solar critera with clever placement of high SHGC windows.

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meet brian

Brian Knight, owner and manager of Springtime Builders, has a long history in construction. Mr. Knight is unique as a builder to have a college education in building technologies with years of construction manager work experience for a production builder, luxury builder and land developer.

Degrees held include Business, Construction Management & Technology and Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University with Magna Cum Laude honors. Brian has managed projects in the construction industry since 2001. Before starting Springtime in 2008, Brian served as a production manager for a builder in Greenville SC, a luxury home builder in Asheville and a land developer in Hendersonville.

Brian's passion for better building is grounded in achieving the client's goals and vision. "Customer satisfaction is the ultimate performance achievement."


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  • Weatherproof Window Installation
    October 27

    A published article in Fine Homebuilding magazine's issue 254 November 2015. This article tackles the complicated subject of window installation, focusing on preventing water leaks and improving airtightness.

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  • Passive Solar Design
    September 17

    Passive Solar Design is the most efficient way to heat a home and this is the most cost-effective path for measurable performance improvement.

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