PHOTO BY MARILYN PERYER
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ABOVE Grant Bizios Architecture and David W. Roberts Construction made Neva’s vision of a large outdoor family space into reality. BELOW A granite and marble walkway, built by former homeowner and artist Emily Eve Weinstein, leads up to the front door.
or play with the local kids on the shed’s rock wall installed by Progression Climbing. Neighbors walk by throughout the day along a series of trails that connect each of the 37 homes in Solterra. “Each house looks completely different,” Shahar says. “You’re motivated to do something different with your house because everyone else has their own cool thing going on. That’s part of our inspiration.” Shahar, owner of Mindspire Test Prep, and Neva, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at UNC School of Medicine, moved into Solterra in 2012. Originally built by Chapel Hill artist Emily Eve Weinstein, the house’s eclectic design was one of the main selling points for the couple. “There’s craftwork everywhere indoors,” Neva says. “[Emily] took a lot of scraps and old things from the lumberyard and carved wood and created beautiful stairwells.” There’s even a window with a stainedglass nature scene that highlights golden 72
sunflowers, hand-painted by the former homeowner. Surrounded by inspiration, Neva and Shahar decided to add their own personal touch – the screened-in porch. The California-style back porch encloses 650 square feet and features two-story-high ceilings, a casual dining area, a stone fireplace and a copper hot tub. “I wanted a large family space that we didn’t have indoors,” Neva says. “I realized that I could only get that through building a screened-in porch. I turned the dream for the indoor space into the outdoor space.” They hired Grant Bizios Architecture to custom-fit the design to fulfill Neva’s vision. For the building and engineering of the porch, they hired David W. Roberts Construction. The entire project took a little more than 1½ years, plus one giant crane to lift in the hot tub. A skylight above the hot tub allows the family to gaze up at the stars or passing
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