World Class Designers and Builders
The team at The Coves have invested significant time in meeting with the best designers and builders. While we recommend you consider working with this world class talent, property owners are allowed to choose your own architect and builder subject to ARB guidelines and review.
Mountain Retreat Living - A Premium Homes Division of Southern Heritage Homes
Mountain Retreat Living is the preferred builder for The Coves. As a division of Southern Heritage Homes, they offer both custom and ready-to-build homes in The Coves designed by noted home designer Bill Grant, Professional member of American Institute of Building Design.
Southern Heritage Homes formed its “Mountain Retreat Living” division specifically to leverage its reputation and commitment to premium custom home design and construction. The fit with the vision and needs of property owners at The Coves led to formation of a partnership that has proved to be invaluable to The Coves community and its property owners.
Southern Heritage Homes (SHH) is recognized in the homebuilding industry and marketing region a premier custom builder. SHH is an intentionally small, family-owned high-quality home building business with an abiding commitment to craftsmanship in everything they do. This has allowed SHH the privilege of designing and building hundreds of one-of-a-kind primary and secondary residences throughout the Blue Ridge foothills over the past 25 years.
SHH builds homes using a controlled process that exploits engineered wall panel and modular components wherever practical, which allows for more timely construction, facilitates workarounds on challenging sites, and minimizes weather exposure.
Nelson, Byrd, Woltz
Noted Charlottesville landscape architects NELSON, BYRD, WOLTZ master planned The Coves specifically to make the experience of our 100 waterfront acres a celebration of its agricultural past, the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains, and the joy of being in the woods on a clear mountain lake. By design, a walk or drive through our entrance and onto our curved, wooded roads evokes the sense of being on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. From our ridge top homesites and certain trail sections, one can see the broad expanse of the lake, Smith Mountain itself, Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a 360 degree pan of the surrounding mountains. Plus, every homesite offers its own unique, compelling view of the woods, water, and outdoor amenities - with multiple pathways leading to it all.
Grant & Grant Design Group
Highly respected mountain home designer Bill Grant of Asheville NC, Grant & Grant Design Group offers both packaged and custom home plans compatible with The Coves design standards (as described in our Pattern Book. Bill has been appointed by our Owners Association as chair of our Architecture Review Board (ARB) with authority to review, refine and approve home plan submissions to insure consistent adoption of the design principles that make The Coves such a special place. Numerous home styles are available, and creativity in shape, placement and finishes is encouraged within our design parameters.
Bring Your Own Architects and Designers
Potential community members are welcome to use architects and designers of their own choosing. The Coves has developed guidelines for builders that can be found here along with more details concerning the community.
95 Windsong Circle Custom Built Home by
Mountain Retreat Living
Homesite 1 Designs - SOLD
Homesite 3 Designs - SOLD