Sunroom Addition

Recently, we completed a beautiful new sun room addition in Chapel Hill.  The owners have a great landscaped backyard, with lots of special plantings, trees, and wildlife. Besides needing a bit more space, they wanted to increase the connection with this private outdoor area.   Residential designer, James Morgan, of BellaDomus was enlisted to design the addition to  not only increase the outdoor connection, but also to enhance the unique look of the home.  We matched the existing vertical wood siding, and wide overhangs, and installed  large windows and a  full light door.  Operable screened corner casement windows allow the space to function much like a screened porch in favorable weather. And the monolithic concrete floors with a low profile stamp design give the room a very special feeling.

Duplex Rental to Single Family Historic Renovation

We just started an exciting new project in Chapel Hill.   Demolition is underway.  This is a beautiful historic district home close to UNC,  that started out as a single family home in the 1930's, but was divided into two rental units about 20 years ago.   The current owners have decided to completely renovate the structure and bring it back to a single family residence again.  That means removing walls, replacing roof, windows, and doors,  reconfiguring traffic patterns,   removing all the existing hvac ducts and equipment,  most of the plumbing  and electric, removing two kitchens, adding a screened porch and deck,  and renovating all the finishes.   The project poses some challenges, but we're confident that when we're done,  we'll have an energy efficient home with all the modern conveniences, while saving much of the character and feeling of the original 1930s home.

Here are some pictures of the exterior of the home before the renovation began.

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Town of Chapel Hill Affordable Homes get a facelift

Affordable housing has been a goal for the Town of Chapel Hill for more than two decades.  Seven homes built in the Culbreth Park Community made up one of their first projects.  Synergy Building Company was proud to combine their efforts with the Town of Chapel Hill, and the Community Home Trust to provide these  seven homes with some much needed attention.   Repairs were made to the existing decks,  all the old Masonite siding and soffit were replaced with new more durable cementitious materials,  and a fresh coat of paint was added to enhance both long term maintenance and cosmetics.  In addition, the weatherization aspects (replacing windows & doors,  improving crawl space moisture issues) plus  replacing the water heaters and HVAC units will help to keep these homes affordable for years to come.

Doing  these renovations on seven homes at the same time,  helped Synergy keep the costs down for the program.  Carefully thinking through scheduling issues in advance,  and relying on skilled and dedicated employees and subcontractors helped to make this a successful project for all involved,  especially the seven happy homeowners!

Culbreth Park home

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Affordable Green Homes? Yes, we can!

Partnering with the Community Home Trust, Synergy Building has recently broken ground on their third and fourth energy efficient affordable homes.

This project was slow to get started due to the complications caused when lot lines are reconfigured.  On this project, the Home Trust has reconfigured a lot that already had one of their existing affordable homes, in a manner to accommodate two additional homes.   This type of infill residential development is a great way to reduce long term energy use  and make the best use of existing property.  In this case,  however,  it has added additional engineering and regulatory layers, as these lot configuration changes made the project be considered a small subdivision -  which adds challenges like enhanced storm water management issues.  These type of added construction costs can be particularly challenging to affordable home projects.

With so many hurdles at the start of this job once we got started both homes progressed quickly.

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