Building Your Home: A Member’s Point of View

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The Harmons

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The Whitings

It is easer than ever to build your dream home, and start a legacy for you and your family at America’s Resort…The Greenbrier. Real Estate at The Greenbrier is steadily increasing, and currently there are 196 completed homes, 8 under construction, and 4 in the Architectural Review Board (ARB) process. With a variety of homesites to choose from, and no required build time, The Greenbrier Sporting Club will surely lend to your taste. Homesites from a stunning mountain view to along The Greenbrier and Sporting Club’s fairways are available. The only thing that is left for you to do is choose where!

We asked two families, The Whitings and The Harmons about their journey to starting their own family’s legacy at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. When we asked “Why is now a good time to build at The Greenbrier Sporting Club?” The answer was simple for The Whiting’s. “Anytime is a good time to build at the GSC (Greenbrier Sporting Club), this time just happened to suit us best.” The Harmon’s have been members for 3 years before they started to build. “We decided to build now rather than later so that we could have a home here before retirement. We have been pleased to see the building activity on the property increasing in recent months.” The Greenbrier Sporting Club is growing, financially strong, and debt free…and families are taking notice.

The Whiting's Home
Above: The Whiting’s Home

When it comes to the building process, it is commonly thought that it is very complicated, complex, and just an all around hassle. However, that is simply not the case, especially for these two families, and their answers were not surprising. “This has been by far the best overall construction process for us,” stated Mr. and Mrs. Whiting. “So far so good!” according to The Harmon’s. “When we first bought our lot we received helpful plan suggestions from Doug Balsley (Master Planner for The Greenbrier). We subsequently engaged our architect and builder and have just begun construction.” With a proven system and the Architectural Review Board (ARB) in place for over a decade, the hassle and stress of building a new home is lifted away, resulting in an easy and enjoyable building experience.

Another factor that makes the build process so easy for property owners and families is that they can choose their level of involvement. Many members love the build process and love to get creative with their architect, builder, and interior designer which makes the home even more special as it becomes uniquely their own, tailored to their own personal style. The Whiting’s were “hands on” with their entire building experience, with the architects Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton, Agsten Construction Company, and Riverbend Nursery. The ability for families that are building to be able to put that “personal touch” on their home is a huge plus, and is an asset to building at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

The Harmon's Home
Above: The Harmon’s Home

Not only are property owners able to have complete control over their future home’s interiors and exteriors, but they also have great say in how and where their home is placed on the lot. The Harmon’s homesite is located on a ridge of Greenbrier Mountain in Summit Village with views of neighboring Kate’s Mountain, The Greenbrier Sporting Club Lodge, and The Greenbrier. “We have attempted to maximize that view,” stated The Harmon’s. For The Whiting’s, it was all about the view of Howard’s Creek, the waterfalls, and the 360 degree mountain views. Both are uniquely positioned, beautifully designed, and fine examples of architecture here at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

Ultimately, the end result of the build process will be a family heirloom that will be enjoyed for generations. For the Whiting family, they’re creating a home that will give a timeless impression and visually blend with The Greenbrier resort—a home that will be the gathering place for their children and grandchildren whenever the opportunity presents itself. After all, it is their family’s legacy that they are building, and at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, we take that very seriously.

If you are in the market for a second home and desire a community that will help you not only during your homesite purchase but all the way through construction’s end, it’s clear that The Greenbrier Sporting Club has a proven track record to make the entire process as seamless and as fulfilling as possible for property owners. One quick drive through the pristine grounds of The Greenbrier and you will understand that The Greenbrier Sporting Club strives to uphold the beauty of the land and the environment with every home that is built. We look forward to assisting property owners in obtaining maximum utilization and enjoyment of their homesite purchase and the build process…and we hope to assist you in the not so distant future!

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Happy Earth Day

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The GREEN in The Greenbrier Sporting Club is just part of the legacy of home ownership at The Greenbrier. Here are eight Earth Day Fun Facts:

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1) The natural beauty of The Greenbrier landscape will be preserved and enhanced as The Sporting Club grows.

2) Houses are carefully sited and disturbed areas are limited to minimize their impact on the land.

3) Landscaping plans enhance the native habitat by using indigenous vegetation.

4) Wherever possible, trees are preserved and protected to enhance the beauty and value of properties within the estate.

5) In 2008, The Snead Course was recognized for environmental excellence and achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.”

6) Our beautiful Allegheny Mountain setting, plus numerous Outdoor Pursuits Programs, enables members to take advantage of activities that take them outside, so that they can appreciate the nature and the history that surrounds them – it’s all about living the sporting life.

7) Our members are people who have a strong family connection and a committed sense of stewardship of the land.

8) Our overall goal is to maintain this property in the most environmentally friendly manner possible so that the natural surroundings will be here for future generations to enjoy – it’s all about the legacy that our members can leave to their children.

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Fly Fishing Tips

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Remember to Catch, Photo and Release (CPR) your fish. Howard’s Creek is Fly Fishing Only and Catch & Release.

Here are some helpful tips to reduce stress on the fish:

1. Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Use a net with a rubber bag. If you must take the fish out of the water for a photo, keep the time short, about as long as you can hold your breath.

2. Use a barbless hook.

3. Use strong enough tippet. Fish the heaviest tippet you can get away with; you’ll land the fish faster.

4. Put the screws to the fish. Use your entire rod when fighting the fish, keep the whole rod bent and get them into the net fast. The longer the fight, the greater your chances of losing the fish.

5. Keep your fingers away from its gills. Don’t touch the gills; they are super delicate and easily damaged.

6. Keep the fish over water at least knee deep. When you drop the fish (and we all do), it won’t hit the rocks.

7. Take off your gloves and get your hands wet. Do not hold the fish with gloves on or use a towel to handle the fish. This removes the slime coat and makes them susceptible to an infection by the aquatic mold Saprolengia.

8. Don’t put the fish on dry land to take a picture.

9. Don’t squeeze them like a tube of toothpaste. Hold the fish with one hand around its tail and one hand cradling the belly and head. Never hold a fish vertically by its gills or mouth.

10. Don’t dig out a deeply taken fly. If the hook is anywhere near the gills or tongue, leave it there. Flies are cheap; cut the leader and hope for the best. Trying to remove the hook causes more damage.

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Vernacular Architecture: What is It and What Does It Mean

Vernacular architecture is a term used to categorize architectural design which uses locally available resources and traditions to address local building and design needs. Vernacular architecture tends to evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural and historical context in which it exists. R.W. Brunskill, author of Illustrated Handbook of Vernacular Architecture, says that in vernacular architecture, the function of the building would be the dominant factor, while aesthetic considerations, though present to some degree, take the backburner. Local materials are used as a matter of course, with other materials being chosen and imported only as needed.

You will find many fine homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club that exhibit the pinnacle of vernacular architecture. Below are some of our most popular styles and a quick history of each:

Adirondack and Log
The Adirondack style was born in the late 19th Century on the six million acre Adirondack Park in upstate New York. Its impetus was the discovery of the lake-filled and wooded district’s natural beauty by wealthy Americans in search of a bucolic retreat from daily life. Many of these individuals built substantial houses and in some cases compounds, known to Adirondackers as camps. Large hotels were also constructed, as were smaller cabins for less affluent homeowners. Although the Adirondack style often features log elements, building with timber walls is an American tradition that goes back long before it became fashionable at the turn of the last century. Specific building techniques varied among the different immigrant groups that brought them here in the earliest waves of migration. Factors like local climate, available woods, construction skills and cultural heritages all contributed to the variety found in surviving log buildings. Other than the fact that the exterior walls of a structure are made out of logs, however, there are few architectural features of the Log style that are specifically associated with this type of construction.

Shingle
The Shingle Style flourished in the last decades of the 19th Century, and lay dormant until resurrected by architects in the early 1980s. Its popularity in its original and later phases is closely associated with vacation and retreat homes, since it is frequently employed in the context of seaside resorts and bucolic settings. Summer destinations such as eastern Long Island, Cape Cod, Newport and coastal Maine have among the highest concentration of these kinds of dwellings. Although not a coastal location, the hilly terrain, bucolic setting and recreational nature of The Greenbrier Sporting Club suggest a sympathetic context for houses inspired by aspects of the Shingle Style.

Craftsman
Craftsman houses can ultimately be traced back to the work of two California designers who happened to be brothers – Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene. The houses they produced reflect influences from the English Arts and Crafts movement, wooden buildings of the Far East, and their own backgrounds in the manual arts. Following extensive publication of their work, the Craftsman style permeated the country, often by means of pattern books offering plans and details for the construction of modestly sized houses.

Capturing Sunsets

Yann Boutheon, Director of Food and Beverage, snapped some great photos last month of a setting sun over The Snead. As you can see from the photographs, the reds and yellows in this sunset are amazing. Sunsets are probably the most often photographed subject in hobby photography. For starters, they create vivid and active colors and change from minute to minute. What is now a red sunset will be a deep purple sunset in three minutes.

We thought we might share three tips for catching that perfect sunset on your camera this upcoming season…sans Photoshop.

1 – Leave the flash at home and bring a tripod
You want to capture the contrast of the sun’s light against the foreground, or land. Using a flash will only confuse the camera’s light meter. Instead, use a tripod and set your camera on a 2-sec timer, as even the slightest movement of pressing the release button can cause your picture to be blurry when you are leaving your exposure open for anything more than 1/30 of a second. See #2

2 – Use your light meter and bracket your exposure
Nine out of ten digital SLRs now come with an internal light meter. Learn how to use it, as it can be your best friend and take your pictures for “meh” to “wow.” Try “spot” metering different parts of the sunset until the light meter is even. Then shoot the same picture up and down one f-stop. This is known as bracketing. Take your light reading from the sunset itself and not zoomed out, which may include darker foreground images like grass or the mountainside. This can cause your picture to compensate and overexpose, causing the magnificent colors of the sunset to wash out. Also, try different exposure and f-stop combinations. The great thing about digital photography is that if we make a mistake, we can immediately see the result and decide whether or not to delete it or hang it on a wall.

3 – Compose in thirds
Remember the rule of thirds in your photographing of sunrises and sunsets. Our good friend Wikipedia writes that “rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines (a grid), and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.” While you can always break the rule it’s often a good idea to place elements like the horizon, sun, silhouettes, etc., off center.

Some other tips:
• Use silhouettes as focal points
• Change your White Balance setting to “shade” or “cool”
• Use your manual focus
• Shoot different focal lengths
• Keep shooting – you only get better with practice