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 buil ... Read full post »

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 i ... Read full post »

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 ... Read full post »

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 ... Read full post »