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.


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.


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Historic District Renovation/Addition in Chapel Hill

We are very excited to be starting a new project in the historic district of Chapel Hill near UNC. This project poses a lot of exciting challenges. The project includes the construction of a three story addition, with two car garage below, plus remodeling and renovation work to the existing home. When this renovation is completed it will feature a new high energy efficiency HVAC unit installed by Duggins Mechanical, spray foam insulation by Insulating, Inc and energy efficient windows. The multi-level addition will include a new kitchen, master bedroom suite and a third floor office/studio space. If this was not a large enough challenge we will be putting the two car garage beneath the present first floor. This will require installation of helical piers to support the existing foundation as we dig down to create space for the garage. We are very pleased to be working in conjunction with Jim Spencer in Carrboro on this project. Here is a picture of the garage / addition area prior to construction.

Here you can see the installation of the helical piers. Helical Piers

The existing foundation can be seen here, above the new footings. Helical Piers

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