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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The family room is taking shape!

With the foundation complete the addition started taking shape quickly.

With the realities of real winter weather hitting us this year, getting the structure up - and keeping the cold temperatures from the existing spaces was a challenge.   We were able to get the steps, and the concrete porch floor in without too much trouble......but the patio and landscaping is another story.

Chris Maestro, and Classic Concrete Design will be installing the etched concrete patio for the addition, but it will have to wait for more favorable weather.  Soggy ground and nightly freezing just don't mix well with a specialty concrete application.

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Moving Day!

Move-in was on the 15th and it went well. Being in feels very good. The colors work. The floor finish is impressive. The stained finish on the interior doors is beautiful. The kitchen countertop goes very well. It’s been neat starting up all the new appliances. I’ve cooked several meals already. The Zephyr range hood is striking. The built-ins by the fireplace, after getting the books and handicrafts on the shelves, lend that homey feeling.

kitchen-384x2881 There’s a long list of things to do and I’m going to pace myself. Life has been stressful and I’m going to find ways to relax. The landscape infrastructure is unique with gravel pathways bordered by site-made curbs in which tumbled glass found at the landfill got embedded. Site-made stepping stones are at every entryway and pathway. They’ve got embedded river stones and are colored to match the color of the exterior concrete slabs. River stone is also acting as mulch in the raised beds my son and I built. Down the road in a couple of months we’ll start putting in some plantings.

front-path-1-288x3841 stepping-stones-288x3841 Clearing a lot and building from scratch means you sacrifice a mature landscape. Going into an older neighborhood and remodeling a house has its attractions. But this is out of town in the county. So I’ve got an energy efficient house in which I’m looking forward to experiencing the radiant floor heat. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace and the heat pump for backup. The 9’-4” ceiling height, open floor plan, large south facing windows, all give a spacious feeling to the 1800 sq.ft. of living space. All in all it’s unique, special, creative, comfortable and enjoyable.

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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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