December 15, 2016

Sustainable Brands

From the article: Building a regenerative Company and a Whole Community Our handcrafted wall coverings for interiors and exteriors are made to evoke the substance and the essence of trees themselves, in a product that builds an authentic connection between nature, individuals, and the built environment. We believe they are beautiful, unique and bridge a … Continued

December 08, 2016

The Laurel of Asheville

From the article: Highland Craftsmen Repurposes Unwanted Tree Bark When they started fashioning tree bark into decorative wall coverings two and a half decades ago, Chris and Marty McCurry were not seeking to merely carve out a niche in the design world.  Instead, the innovative couple built what was to become a venerable Western North … Continued

December 01, 2016

Environmental Building News

From the article: Bark Cladding is First Cradle to Cradle Platinum Product Cradle to Cradle Platinum Certification sets a very high bar for sustainability. A decade in, Bark House shingles are the first to make the grade. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) was the first certification to attempt to define in 2005 what sustainability might look … Continued

November 17, 2016

Leadership in Sustainable Manufacturing Award

The Bark House received the Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing from the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) today.  The award was presented by NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, NCMEP Director Phil Mintz, and EDPNC Global business Services VP John Loyack at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro to company co-founders, Marty and Chris McCurry. … Continued

November 10, 2016

Congratulations Earth Elements on your newest Grand Openings!

We would like to congratulate Earth Elements on their GRAND OPENING in Jackson, Wyoming on October 20 and their opening in Whitefish, Montana today, November 10 and invite you to use their beautiful Design Centers. The Earth Elements Design Centers feature the finest in home finishes including wall coverings, stone, tile, wood flooring, bath, kitchen fixtures, door … Continued

November 03, 2016

4 Questions About The Built Environment

GreenBuild Home Bark House® connects people to nature in the built environment through regenerative design that is strong across all pillars of the sustainability triad. Why is The Built Environment so important to humanity? The Built Environment comprises humanity’s largest impact on the overall health of people, the planet and social capital.  The materials that are used … Continued

October 20, 2016

What 8th Graders Know

  At the end of September, The Bark House participated in a river sweep with the Toe River Valley Coalition and Mrs. Sirois 8th grade Science class.     Some of the things that the students discovered were: Whoever made kayaking “a thing” was pretty smart. “This” does not belong in the river. I got … Continued

October 13, 2016

Hiking the John Muir Trail

Three years ago, Marty asked me, “So, what’s your next big adventure?”  I told him that I had been dreaming of hiking the entire John Muir Trail.  His quick response was, “have fun.”  I then explained to him that it wouldn’t be possible as I would have to be off from work for an entire … Continued

October 06, 2016

Ben and Jerry’s / Playhouse

Ben’s Cabin Sally Friedman purchased Ben Cohen’s Cabin (of Ben and Jerry’s) that was located adjacent to her home and “reimagined the handmade home in paradox”. She refurbished the cabin and created a whimsical retreat. “The back porch is perched over a waterfall and has a birch tree growing through it. The windows are salvaged … Continued

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