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Throughout the pandemic, the screened-in porch offered Neva and Shahar a private and safe space to socially distance with family and friends.
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native plant species. “We have a fig tree, pawpaw tree, pear tree, muscadine grapes, blueberries and even a kiwi vine,” Shahar says. “We make tons of fig jam, and the pawpaws get eaten raw – it’s an interesting native fruit that you can’t get at most stores.” A granite and marble walkway, built by Emily, leads up to the front door. Inside the house, Shasta, a white golden retriever puppy who the family adopted earlier this year, has rule over the main floor. Each house in Solterra was built with southfacing windows to get maximum sunlight; Shasta and his 8-year-old cat siblings, Bacon and Flour, often lounge in the rays. Every door in the house is recycled and is a different shape and size, and Neva has added artistic light fixtures and decor to complement the eclectic home. Yet, the family’s favorite space remains inside the screened-in porch. “During a storm, it’s incredible. Water barely comes in,” Neva says. “We’ve had dinners out there in the middle of a storm.” – by Marie Muir
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fter completing graduate school studies in Australia, Tracy DeLozier and Steve Choi decided it was time to move back to the States. They found their way to North Carolina when Steve matched with Duke University for an internal medicine residency program in 2001. They lived in Orange County for two years, then spent the next seven in Durham County. Their current house
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