how they live
R O C K WO O D STAT S BOUNDARIES Durham-
Chapel Hill Boulevard to the north, Cornwallis Road to the west, Roxboro Street to the south and east. POPULATION About 800 HOME STYLES A variety,
including Colonial Revivals, Cape Cods, Mid-Century Moderns and Ranches MEDIAN SALE PRICE $490,000
North Carolina, but Craven and John were also excited about taking on a big project together. “There was no air conditioning, for starters,” John says. “That was the first thing we tackled.” The home was part of the original Rockwood development that began almost 100 years ago and was built in 1928 for Dr. James Shuler, a physician. Dr. Shuler’s office was on the second floor of 402 S. Driver St., above what is now East Durham Bake Shop. Across the street from the bakery, Craven and John now work together at their firm, Design Bank. “It’s really cool how it’s come full circle,” John says. Most of the home renovation projects they have undertaken have been on the practical side, including replacing the leaking roof and dated interior floors. But with those projects, as well as the air conditioning, out of the way, John and Craven have set their sights on making the home more functional. “We definitely want to move laundry upstairs into a mudroom, and turn the carport into a screened porch,” John says. “We haven’t knocked any walls down, though – we very much like the house the way it is.” Originally, the couple planned to expand the kitchen as well. “But we love the dining room so much, we’ve abandoned those ideas.” The dining room features hand-painted custom wallpaper, lending a traditional element to the house without feeling stuffy. That feel carries throughout the home; updated light fixtures balance old and new,
John, a landscape architect, enjoys perfecting – and then taking pleasure in – the home’s outdoor spaces.