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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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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Whole House Renovation Complete!

This whole house custom renovation has been such a wonderful project.  The owner's are happy with the results and so are we.  It took tremendous vision and patience to see this house ...

transform into this one!

In addition to staying on schedule and within the budget, using the right subcontractors is a substantial challenge on any project.   Oscar Benavides and his crew were particularly key partners in this project.    After the master suite addition was framed, and the home was demo'd down to the studs,  Oscar and his crew installed and finished the drywall,  painted,  installed the  ceramic tile,  and installed and finished the hardwood flooring.  Having a conscientious subcontractor that can  handle several aspects of a complex project like this one can be an enormous advantage.