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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Retaining Walls & Landscaping

The challenges created by this multi-level addition and renovation in the historic area of Chapel Hill did not stop with figuring out how to engineer a garage beneath the original foundation.

Garage

The adjoining landscaping posed a significant challenge as well.  Jonah Roberts, owner of Lael Landscapes in Raleigh, NC created a landscape design that not only addressed the structural elevation issues of the property, but did it in a way that provided a striking balance of function and beauty to the  project. The retaining walls he created can be seen here in the background.

Retaining Walls

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Recycled Paper Countertops? Really?

Check out the unique PaperStone® Countertops recently installed in the kitchen of this multi-level  addition  / whole house renovation project  Synergy is working on in the historic district of Chapel Hill.    PaperStone® Countertops are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and a proprietary, petroleum-free resin. We were pleased to be able to work with this product, purchased from local distributor Caragreen. Caragreen is a Carrboro based distributor of sustainable products and a terrific resource for owners and builders looking for ways to integrate sustainable building products in to their next project.

The cabinets for this project were built in a local custom cabinet shop by   Mike Dulude.  Mike is known for his attention to detail and high quality cabinetry.  In addition to the kitchen cabinets,  Mike built the bathroom vanities,  several built-ins,  and even worked on some of the owner's private furniture pieces.

Here you can see the counter tops being installed.

PaperStone Counters PaperStone

This image really shows how nicely the PaperStone® Countertops blend with their custom cabinets, manufactured locally by Mike Dulude.

Kitchen

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