The Arch has moved once again! We’ve moved into a space that at one time was the old power house of what long ago serviced the Burlington Industries textiles manufacturing plant but is now The Riverside Business Park. We moved just a few hundred feet from our previous location within the park so if you’re looking at a GPS map, that famous little red arrow marker points to the same spot!
The building definitely presented us with some huge challenges, but with all the meandering metal pipes and metal boxes- (most of which I have no idea of their functions), they are now part of the overall “industrial look” that we simply work with..or around.
Fortunately we have maintained the same contact address as we simply moved “Unit 10” with us.
The space was clearly in very sad condition before we moved into it as you can see from these “before” photos. The many shades of paint and crumbling ceiling raised more than one eyebrow when we considered the space originally, in fact, at first, I for one, said ” NO”!
Then gradually, with the help of the park, and a closer look at the space, we accepted the challenge and recognized that it is going to function well for us. The high ceiling, natural light, upper loft work area and the outside awning are positive attributes of the space. Front doors were added, zero VOC paint was sprayed throughout the space, we built in some upper loft half walls and Jim wasted no time applying American Clay on a few of the walls (..there’s always more walls to cover with this amazing clay!). We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re here and we welcome everyone!
Alan Tilson with Indow Windows is in the upper loft (come in and discuss these energy efficient interior window inserts), and Roxanne’s “satellite” location for Amazing Capes takes up the other wing. !!! Check out her website too!
We have easy parking and the same great sustainable products and some new additions such as this sweet small portable stainless steel wood fired outdoor oven shown below.
Some of what The Arch offers: American Clay Earth Plaster and workshop offerings, Forno Bravo ovens and outdoor fireplace units for residential and commercial locations, Bella Outdoor Living wood fired ovens, one of Asheville’s best selections of sustainable flooring, Vermont Natural Coatings for floors, furniture, decks and exterior siding, home accents and art tile.
In our next blog post we plan to share images of The Nano C22 in action, fired up under the outside awning. We’ll be cooking some delicious appetizers! We are taking orders ( on the ovens), so come on in and take a look! There are larger units and drop-in options. Call us for details. 828 253 5455
Visit us at our new location at The Arch, 2000 Riverside Drive Unit 10, Asheville, NC 28804 http://www.thearchnc.com 828 253 5455 email@example.com Visit our website for hours of operation.
The other day a woman that had taken one of our full day American Clay workshops came by to pick up her 16th bag of clay for her home studio project. Strong, petite, and energetic, her comment to us was: ” I think I’m pretty good at it!”. “I’ll never go back to paint!”. ” I love it!”
Not everyone chooses to cover as much area as this woman, but many love it so much that they want it everywhere. Why not? It’s beautiful, it’s quiet, it’s moisture controlling- naturally taking in humidity breathing and breathing it out so you won’t have mold issues, and it offers a depth unlike that of paint. The finish options and pigment selections are many. We have customers wanting the most rustic of applications, to installations in contemporary homes. Older bungalows suffering from holds, cracks and years of wear can be repaired with a beautiful fresh finish of clay and has provided a remedy to otherwise costly plastering techniques. Clay can go over a number of substrates but you should ask questions first so that you have the best installation possible. This is where a class might be helpful, if not for yourself, perhaps you might be able to encourage a contractor you have hired to take our class.
Chemically sensitive people have come in looking for American Clay because of it’s natural healthy qualities.
“It’s clean and I’ve had no issues with air quality”, an Asheville resident shared. She added, “I don’t have to worry about mold either, which is so important and a big relief to me”.
I’ve shared these images before, but here are a few images showing how American Clay is humidity buffering. Click on any image to read.
If a large project isn’t something you want to start with, perhaps it’s time to include American Clay in a bedroom or add some comfort to a dining area, or possibly consider an accent wall.
A class is a great way to learn all about the full range of products. Shown here are some photos that show class members experiencing different clay types and techniques. Working on corners, creating textures, burnishing the smoothest clay (Porcelina), are just a few examples of what we cover in a full day class. Participants have the opportunity to apply all stages of the process.
Half day classes are helpful as well, especially if you have a smaller project in mind, but if you want to try your hand at larger expanses and learn some additional techniques with more in-depth discussions a full day class is recommended.
Visit our American Clay gallery on our website to see installations we have completed as well as some additional images from American Clay’s gallery and some customer work.
American Clay lists all classes on their website. If you don’t see a convenient date for a class at The Arch, just give us a call. We usually have additional dates in mind or we haven’t posted them yet. WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
In addition, click here to learn more about finishing services we provide.
Taking a class points participants to their favorite finish and ultimately will help them create the look they want. If you don’t want to do the project yourself and prefer The Arch do the installation, just let us know and we’ll provide an estimate and answer any questions you have.
Call us today! 828 253 5455 or visit our contact page and visit our showroom.
American Clay’s Humidity Buffering Qualities Contributes to Healthy Air Quality From Bathrooms to Wine Cellars
The growing interest and importance of air quality continues to reinforce our great feeling about American Clay Earth Plaster. We are confident that it is good for us and the air we breathe! There are some interesting advantages that American Clay offers to those wanting more consistent humidity levels and the reduction of potential mold and mildew, as well as a quieter space.
From personal experience we have lived with clay plaster in our own home and have experience with a broad variety of applications and placement of clay. We have American Clay plaster in a kitchen/dining area, sun room, bedroom and in two bathrooms. We’ve enjoyed the benefits the clay provides in every space and have witnessed, felt, and breathed in it’s ability to absorb and release water vapor when high levels of humidity are present without a spec of mildew appearing anywhere -EVER! What might seem to be a vulnerable location is where we applied clay along the top 18″ above the tiled walls in two shower areas but absolutely no problems have resulted- instead it benefits these areas. In contrast, if a painted wall experiences high levels of humidity such as in a bathroom the surface will eventually develop condensation from water vapor creating an environment favorable for mold and mildew growth. Another more extreme experience that we had was with several large3’x6′ foot display panels we made and applied with clay plaster for an expo. After a three day event we drove home and with the onset of a rain storm we rushed the panels into our (less than perfect) garage several years ago. We had an unfortunate heavy rain that evening that ultimately flowed into the area where these panels were situated.The panels were trimmed with wood for presentation purposes. After about a week we noticed a mold made its way up the wood strips but did not touch the clay. Not a spec! The mildew completely avoided the clay. If ever conditions were ripe for mildew this was it. We cleaned up the wood and put them in dry storage and years later they still have no mold on them. (I wish I had taken a photo). The following diagrams portray how American Clay provides humidity buffering in your home or business. (Click on diagrams to enlarge text).
As noted in this last image, the more clay there is in a given space the greater the humidity buffering. We called a few customers that have applied the clay in wine cellars as this is an excellent application choice to assist in maintaining a consistent humidity so critical in a wine cellar.
In reading about climate control in wine cellars, efforts must be made to maintain a certain temperature as well as humidity level.
If the humidity rises above 70% I have read that this is when the potential for mildew on the corks can develop which may create a problem for the wine.
There are several benefits when using the American Clay plaster- it assists in maintaining consistent humidity levels, assists in preventing mold and mildew, helps purify the air which is also important, and it is beautiful! We asked several customers how their wine cellars are doing after the applying the clay years earlier.
One of our customers shared that he has had no problems and added that he also selected the clay for the old world look. Shown here are two other wine cellars. Most of the wine cellars include applications on the ceiling contributing to humidity buffering benefits.
Lastly, I have shared this open-air lobby area before, but is a true testament that the humidity does not bother it. The benefits of American Clay go well beyond those mentioned here; in fact they are nothing short of amazing!
Give us a call anytime to discuss your project.
Interesting article: The 10 Most Common Wine Cellar Problems and How to Overcome Them
Click here for a humidity demonstration done by American Clay.
It’s funny how every time you have a new product or personal interest, you start noticing that very product seemingly everywhere. You know the feeling; if you’re shopping for cars, you’ll start seeing the same model everywhere and certainly the blue ones. Whether you’re shopping for a new roof, in the market for a bike, or you’re looking at what color to re-finish something, you selectively notice just these objects, colors, and styles everywhere you look.
Well, it has been this way with decks and other outdoor wood surfaces for The ARCH. It’s seems that we want to breathe new life into old, cracking, (deteriorating in many cases) wood surfaces. They seem to be everywhere!
So much wood out there is thirsty for both attention and a new finish! Give the wood a drink I say!
One of my daughters was visiting Asheville this weekend looking at houses to rent and several places we looked at seem to keep up the interiors, but many of the exteriors and decks needed a great deal of attention.
Investing in maintenance and finishes is important. The deck and all that surrounds the house definitely influences the person looking for a new place.
If the wood is maintained the renter or seller may actually make the sale, children may not need shoes every time they walk across a sorry-looking deck, years could be added to the life of a house exterior, and, if someone would only notice,the garden bench might actually make it another decade.
Vermont Natural Coatings not only provides protection, durability, and beauty, but it’s healthy, non-toxic and so easy to apply.I read that a health food store coated vegetable boxes with a Vermont Natural Coatings finish and they’re loving the product because it is non-toxic as well as durable. Shown here are a few projects showing some happy decks and happier homeowners.
Hopefully, I’ll start noticing the details of islands and the varying shades of blue in the ocean!
For more information about Vermont Natural Coatings exterior, flooring and furniture finishes click here.
New color just in! Exterior Finish Barn Red
All Vermont Natural Coatings products are available at The ARCH. We also offer deck cleaning service.Free estimates in the Asheville area.
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Natural Hydraulic Lime – Creates Old-World finish That is a Perfect Finish Selection for Wood-Fired Ovens, Foundations, and Other Masonry Projects
The ARCH, known in part for it’s natural finish options, has recently gained more experience with a Natural Hydraulic Lime finish product that we offer. Jim Erskine’s masonry experience spans thirty plus years, and as with most masons, his experience over the years has been primarily with Portland Cement products. Since 2004 Jim began working with American Clay’s natural interior earth plasters and has since become a strong advocate for all natural finish products. We’ve learned Natural Hydraulic Lime is retaking its place on historic masonry structures, and it is of increasing interest for a wide range of masonry applications. Recently we’ve enjoyed two applications on Forno Bravo wood-fired ovens as well as a residential wall foundation. We’re thrilled with the more natural look, as it takes on the nuances of color from the sunlight of the day and we know it will improve with age and develop a character unlike a traditional cement stucco.
Not pretending to be an expert on the properties of all the St Astier’s product options I can point you to a Chicago Tribune/ Washington Post interview with Andy deGruchy, president of Limeworks.US since 2001 and masonry conservation specialist for over 25 years.
You’ll learn the difference between hydrated lime and natural hydraulic lime among other interesting historical aspects and views within the construction industry as they relate to lime products. Jim and I first met Andy here in Asheville, as he was demonstrating the application of Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) products over the Hemp Technologies Hempcrete wall sections, of which we have a wall portion displayed in our showroom. NHL breathes with wall systems as they should, not trapping the moisture into cracks and crevices that are a result of concrete construction over time, weakening the structure. Natural Hydraulic Lime is found on some of the oldest historic structures on this earth. Featured here are a few photos from three recent projects . The first being a wood-fired oven of Rich and Kelly Lytle of North Asheville.
This is a Forno Bravo Casa2G90 oven kit, it has high heat refractory cement applied to the joints, high heat retention insulation, lathe, mortar mix, two coats of Ecologic Lime (which is a pre-blended Natural Hydraulic lime including the sand and pigment). The oven foundation work, oven assembly, oven finishes are all completed by Jim and Tom Silver. The attractive natural stonework is by local stone craftsman David Reed. The second oven, is our “slow but sure progress” on our own oven (still awaiting tile for the arch, counter surfaces and lower stonework).
We chose to add American Clay pigment – two color packs of Palomino Valley pigments to one bag of NHL 3.5 as a final coat to the process.
Lastly, the foundation photos are for a home in the area. Covering a block wall,
a coat of NHL 3.5 was applied, then the Ecologic pre-blended Natural hydraulic lime.
The appearance is much more natural and appealing than cement stucco. As with the other projects it will continue to harden over the months to come.
For more information on these products as well as natural lime paints, give us a call at The ARCH at 828 253 5455.
You can also look over www.limeworks.us for more information. A discount is provided to buyers if you use The ARCH code. Give us a call and we’ll gladly provide you with information as well as our code for a product discount.
Unless your deck is totally covered, the access to your deck is paved from all sides, you have no pets, and you wear slippers to walk across your deck- it’s going to get a mean work out- every year.
Abrasion and the weather elements are going to take it’s toll. North Carolina’s 2010 winter meant frequent snow piled high on our deck- which meant c-o-n-t-a-c-t with the shovel from time to time. We work in the yard a great deal, so unless you have a “shoes off” policy for your deck, (inside maybe- but the deck?), here again, comes a good bit of dirt, sand, and occasional gravel stuck in your soles. Then there’s the intense sun exposure- especially during the summer months. The list goes on… but don’t forget the dog racing back and forth in excitement.
Your deck needs something tough and you need something non-toxic, and we highly highly recommend Vermont Natural Coatings Poly Whey Exterior Finish. Just last summer (before we carried Vermont Natural Coatings in our showroom), we applied “a different” brand that was admittedly toxic-we thought we had picked a “relatively safe” choice among the selection at a big box store (a very bad decision – and we know better). Hey, we’ll be applying it outside right? Wrong. Evaporation is not a funny thing when it comes to toxins and I, for one, unfailingly ended up with a headache and this was just one symptom that I was aware of. As for cost? It wasn’t worth it for a minute. A year later our deck looked pretty bad once again, and what’s our health worth? As dealers of Vermont Natural Coatings since the Fall of 2010, we are thrilled to have a product we have full trust in and continue to receive great feedback about.
We can’t say enough good stuff about Vermont Natural Coating’s products- all of their products. It feels good knowing we’ve recently put down a really great product. It’s coverage is superb, it’s cost is very reasonable, and it’s a sustainable, durable product. Best of all- when we applied Vermont Natural Coating we experienced NO toxic fumes during or after the application and no headaches to worry about.
We are very excited to now stock Vermont Natural Coatings at The ARCH. We also carry their non-toxic wood cleaner which is safe for all wood surfaces, vegetable-based, and safe for people and pets.
Vermont Natural Coatings was designated a Top-10 green building product at Greenbuild, the premier annual green building event.
Give us a call at The ARCH at 828 253 5455. Also, please know we can have the product shipped to you! Hey, Northern Michigan friends- I know what your decks go through!