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EcoTimber Available at The Arch since 2007

The Arch became Asheville’s first EcoTimber dealer in 2007 and our experience with this fine company has been one of teamwork and education.  eco_timber_logo_09 Over the years, EcoTimber’s commitment and professional support has provided The Arch with a healthy perspective of sustainable flooring practices.

Consequently, The Arch has developed a long list of satisfied customers in the South East and beyond now living with beautiful and healthy flooring installations. This amazing company has remained committed to their mission statement protecting and helping change the way forest ecosystems are managed while at the same time providing high quality, beautiful, healthy products. Since 1992 EcoTimber helped to pave the way and their dedication to protecting forests started long before most companies got “on-board” or created a ” green division” within their company.

Post ag orchard walnut trees that have “out-aged” their ability to produce fruit turned into pristine flooring.
Unfurled bamboo flooring
Unfurled bamboo flooring

What is the point of having  some  environmental products and not all? ALL the companies The Arch works with are dedicated to sustainable forestry and forest conservation.  You won’t walk into The Arch and see  ANY flooring with added urea-formaldehyde, or flooring from mills with questionable labor practices, or products from damning forestry practices. The Arch seeks out and works only with companies that do not compromise their beliefs.  Eco Timber  continues to seek to remain on the cutting edge of environmental awareness and action.

In addition to EcoTimber, The Arch works with other excellent companies leading the way with healthy environmental practices: Eco Fusion, known for cutting edge bamboo technology and sustainable practices, US Floors LLC with a broad range of flooring options and environmental practices, Whole Log Lumber which one cannot argue the sustainability of their reclaimed material and this company’s fine time-honored reputation, and more recently, a regional  Central Applachian based company-WoodRight, offering beautiful domestic solid hardwoods. These companies can all be highlighted as among the best in the  the country. See our flooring link for more on these flooring sources.

The Arch is  located in The Riverside Business Park, Unit 10, which is just to the right of the park office on the river side of the building.   Give us a call at 828 253 5455 or come by today.  Please remember, The Arch can have orders shipped directly to your residence or commercial site and often without additional shipping expense.

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EcoTimber Woven Poplar Offers New Look, Great Story

Fall In Love With Your Floors!

Woven Poplar on Special at The ARCH through February 28th. If you are looking for something different- EcoTimber’s Woven Poplar offers a unique and elegant alternative to Woven Bamboo, with a great environmental story! All Woven Poplar products are made from 100% Recycled materials, and are FSC Certified Recycled. EcoTimber’s Woven Poplar comes from 100% Recycled FSC-Recycled furniture scraps! Made without added urea-formaldehyde adhesives. Specials on display at The ARCH: Evening Harvest, Last Dance and Afternoon Tea. Please call for pricing. For specifications on each:

Woven Poplar Evening Harvest

Woven Poplar Last Dance

Woven Poplar Afternoon Tea

Taking a Closer Look At Selecting Healthy Flooring and Finishes

How intentional are your choices these days? What kind of building and finish materials do you live with? I watched a little girl  say “yes” to the CVS clerk when asked if she wanted a bag for her purchase the other day. The little girl had purchased a single pack of  (already) packaged gum. Out she ran with the bag around that oh so heavy and certainly awkward pack of gum. The store clerk didn’t get it and the little girl was taught absolutely nothing about conservation. From small purchases to larger ones the “compromise meter” should be leaning more towards “smart” than “stupid”  by now. Take the flooring industry for example.  By now most everyone knows that  toxic chemicals are present in many flooring products and finishes  on the market,  or perhaps we don’t want to wrap our minds around the fact that that “steal of a deal”  floor we’re interested in may have been manufactured where unjust labor practices take place, or perhaps lurking behind that “green” label is a company that is  wasteful and compromising on every other level. The ARCH chooses to work with companies with the highest environmental standards.   For more information about the companies and products we work with we invite you to check them out or give us a call and we will share what we know about sustainable practices. Whether you’re looking for a floor that is FSC- certified, LEED compliant, reclaimed or recycled,  whether the company maintains high standards for fair labor practices, high quality control, The ARCH has made an intentional choice to work with reputable flooring and finish companies.

Eco Timber Recycled Woven Poplar Flooring

Here are a few of the companies and their environmental standards that The ARCH is proud to be working with:

Eco Timber

Merida Meridan Natural Fiber Rugs

Vermont Natural Coatings

American Clay

January is a good month to think about detoxing your home. As noted in a LOHAS blog (Lifestyles of health and sustainability) the average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air

How about inviting more positive intentional changes into our environment?

S.E.E.EXPO The ARCH Exhibits Sustainable Products



The S.E.E. EXPO and Celebration is this weekend, August 20th -22nd, at the Agricultural Center in Asheville.   The ARCH is exhibiting for its sixth year and it is a good feeling to continue to support sustainability and be among advocates of environmental  issues and positive change.  The SEEEXPO has innovative exhibits and workshops for building, agriculture, and technology. Located in the new air-conditioned Exhibition Hall The ARCH has on display FSC-Certified EcoTimberflooring, Reclaimed Wood flooring, American Clay Earth plaster, Vida Cork, Merida Natural Fiber flooring, information on the new St Astier’s Natural Hydraulic Lime, Concrete Counter samples made locally, Forno |Bravo Wood-fired oven information, a sampling of art tile and more. Most of these products contribute to LEED points. Jim Erskine is available to discuss application and masonry interests. We also have a space to try your hand at troweling  American Clay Earth Plaster on sample board surfaces.  Below is a photo of an enthusiastic participant from our exhibit in 2009.

From our 2009 exhibit: Exploring American Clay fun for all ages

EcoTimber Specials through June 1st

Beautiful Floors, Healthy Living

These  featured EcoTimber engineered prefinished specials include an incredible  selection. They’re really more beautiful in person so we invite you to come into the showroom or call us to request a sample. Engineered is not what it used to be. They have great wear layers, stability, are FSC-certified,  and made with formaldehyde-free adhesive. If you care about forestry practices, labor conditions and the health of workers, the overall reputation of a company, and YOUR health, purchasing an EcoTimber floor is an important decision.  Be sure to go to and check out EcoTimber’s background and specifications for each of these specials. You can also locate and enlarge the images online.   The ARCH offers ALL the EcoTimber selections you will see online.  Call us today.

Relocated North…..but only.2 miles

Moving is a lot of work and we’ve made the move and we’re glad we did.  We like our new neighborhood.   Our address is 171 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC 28804.  We’re only 2.1 miles north of our previous location and .2 miles north of exit 23 off of I26 just north of Asheville a few minutes. We’re very conveniently located off  of I26 I must say.  Next door I have my neighbor from The Shoppes At Beaver Lake as a neighbor once again- Patti Bell with Studio B Custom Framing and Fine Art. We basically have the two units that make up this building.  It’s great!

I regret leaving our American Clay finishes behind, but we’re excited that we’ll be displaying new finishes, lime washes, lime plasters, and morE finishes and products down the road.  Nearby is the New Bridge Cafe- (I had a really fresh great Catfish PoBoy the other day)- informal, great music and food, down the road just a few hundred feet is Vino Vino Wine Mkt.  Between us is the World’s Best Carrot Cake and Taquieria Fast which is reasonable and fresh.   We like it here! 

We’ve changed our name  too .  Now you will see The ARCH Architectural Finishes, Flooring & More. It’s more fitting.    One of our new products will be Vermont Natural Coatings.   Check it out!  

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