History of Louisa’s Porch
The Louisa J. Thompson House, built in 1906 and re-built in 2007, is just one of more than 600 protected structures in Asheville’s Montford Historic District. During the post-war era, the house was divided into two apartments and many years of deferred maintenance had taken its toll. The rebuilding effort was extensive and occurred over a two year period.
The home is named for the childless widow that lived in the house from 1913 through 1945. Legend has it that neighbor ladies often gathered on Louisa’s Porch to talk about local news, exchange recipes and complain about the men folk.
Committed to Green Living
Through the skillful work of Designer Steven Beili and Architects Aaron and Calder Wilson, the house was totally re-built in accordance with the latest “green” technologies available. The house was stripped to its studs and then all new wiring, plumbing and spray foam insulation was installed.
- A new foundation created an additional 1,000 square foot basement and space for centralized electronics and geo-thermal heating
- Photovoltaic solar panels help us to reduce our carbon footprint
- Heating and cooling is provided by an energy efficient geo-thermal heat pump utilizing the earth’s constant temperature; two 300 foot deep wells beneath the rear garden support this system.
- Hot water is provided by tankless heating, and saves tremendously
- Ceiling fans on the upper level further increase heating/cooling efficiency, as well as adding ambience.
- Most lighting is by LEDs, compact florescent bulbs or low-voltage lighting.
- Waste is recycled and composted to the maximum extent possible.
- Waste water is minimized by use of dual-flush toilets.
- Water conservation is encouraged. Guests may choose to have fresh towels provided daily or not.
Treading Lightly on the Planet
- We provide soap, shampoo and conditioners to you in bulk rather than small, landfill-unfriendly plastic containers.
- Sheets and towels are laundered with high efficiency, low energy equipment using only fragrance-free detergents and softeners.
- Local fresh produce is used for meal preparation whenever possible.
- There are ample opportunities for walking into downtown, exploring the old homes in this historic neighborhood or hiking in nearby parks and mountain areas.