Radiant Floor Heat

One of the most cost effective ways to install a radiant heating system is to embed the tubing in a concrete slab. Here you can see the hydronic lines over the insulation boards. After the lines were placed it was time to pour the concrete.

The concrete will be smoothed and prepared for a polished finish.  A polished concrete floor is a gorgeous alternative to other floor coverings allowing our homeowner to make the most of their radiant floor heating system.

More space! Inside & Out!

This custom addition,  designed by residential designer,  Len Vogel,  was configured to provide numerous enhancements.  It had to have a continuous flow with the rest of the home,  add the square footage needed for both teenager, and adult activities,  plus provide a way to make the outside more of a part of their everyday living space.    Window seat built-ins, custom closet shelving,  double sliding pocket doors,  and a built-in granite counter area with mini-frig were added to the interior spaces.

The outdoors was brought in, by adding a private covered porch area - leading to an etched concrete patio.  In addition,  we were able to modify the steep elevation in their yard to create a flat play area for soccer practicing and other outdoor activities.

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Painting a Brick Exterior

The custom renovation of this historic home in Chapel Hill is almost complete. The painters have been hard at work. Looking back to these pictures of the house prior to our renovation you can really see the difference made to the exterior of this brick home.

Before: After:

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Maintaining a Historic Feel

We have  recently completed the whole house renovation project we've been working on in the historic university neighborhood in Chapel Hill.  This home was just waiting for the right owners,  who had the vision - and the patience to bring this majestic home back to life.

By updating the plumbing, electrical, and hvac components, modifying the master bedroom suite, and adding on a new kitchen and screened porch area,  this house was turned into a home with the best of both worlds!

One of the challenges to updating a home in the historic district,  is bringing it up to current building codes without losing the special feeling and design aspects of the original home.  In addition to salvaging much of the interior and exterior trim details,  the bathtubs, and the hardwood flooring -  one important way we were able to maintain the historic feel of this 1930's home was to re-use as much as possible of  the original stair railings.   As is often the case in historic homes, the existing railings were too low for current building codes.   The solution was to build ornate extensions to the structural posts, replace the  shorter pickets with custom code length replicas. and re-use the decorative top rail.

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Modern Kitchen Appliances in a Restored Home

The new kitchen addition in this 1930's home in the university area of  Chapel Hill was  a crucial part of adding modern conveniences that make this beautiful historic home more livable.

Kitchen The use of wainscoting, around the built-in benches in the eating area, plus plenty of natural light adds to the many special qualities of this custom kitchen.

The energy efficient stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and unique counter tops also help to give this kitchen an updated modern feel.

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