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EACH ONE IS SO UNIQUE and different, tailored to the homeowners that have so lovingly created the space to fit their lifestyle. Searching for one that matches yours (or at least, closely enough that you can make it your own) is what’s challenging. Some people want cozy spaces for reading and spending time with family. Others want rooms just for working out, and still others want open spaces where you’re never out of sight from children or parents. When Larry Schwartz discovered his little slice of heaven near Freedom Park, a 1956 ranch home in a cul de sac, he knew it would be a perfect space catered to his penchant for entertaining and his love for family. “A ranch was the way to go for me,” says Schwartz. “I cook a lot, I entertain a lot. So, I needed something that was conducive to that.” Despite the age of the home, updates had been made, but Larry called on designer Emily Bourgeois to fine tune plans for the home. The team gutted the home, removed the roof and added 2,800-square feet, transforming a once closed-off ranch into an open home perfect for entertaining. Guest rooms were added along with a bathroom and a media room. The kitchen was widened and a banquet was added for a cozy aesthetic that Larry says has become one of his favorite spaces in the home. “When Emily suggested a booth in the kitchen, I was kind of skeptical because I thought it could be an enclosed wine cellar for when I host parties,” explains Schwartz. “But now, I find I APRIL / MAY 2014 URBAN HOME CHARLOTTE 13
The kitchen was widened and a banquet was added for a cozy aesthetic that Larry says has become one of his favorite spaces in the home.
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spend most of my time in the kitchen, eating breakfast, watching TV or just reading the paper.” The only thing that remains of the original house is the brick wall in the garage. “I liked the look of the brick, it added some character,” says Schwartz. The process took around three years, and if you ask Larry, it’s still in progress. He says that the aesthetics grew as he worked more closely with Emily and they got to know each other. “Once we learned about each other, the style evolved,” explains Schwartz. A frequent international traveler, Larry incorporated European influences in the home and even discovered his inspiration for the living room ceiling while he was touring the Cave of Moët in Champagne, France. “I took a picture of the ceiling and texted it to Emily,” he recalls. “I think she thought I was crazy at first, but she made it happen and it really adds some drama.” Emily and Larry brought in Chris Kudra of The Beauty of Iron to create all the ironwork, handcrafted and created especially for the home. Chris custom made the chandelier, dining table base, sconces, curtain rods and art hangers, and the metal doors – to name a few things. The ironwork throughout the home, coupled with the European vibe adds a feeling of unity and provides a flow to the home that wasn’t there in the old floorplan. For the powder room in the hallway, Emily created a space that’s both functional and fashionable. The mirror-tiled, curved wall leads into a private water closet, while the lounge-like “waiting room” offers guests a chance to have a seat on the bench and take a minute before washing up to return to the party. Hard wood,
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“Have a lot of patience and don’t rush. can work, so create rooms that
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If a house flows properly, almost any design give thought to other rooms.” leather, brass and mirrored tile give the room a swanky look and the paneled door in the wall means you might walk right past it if you’re not paying attention. When asked what his advice to homeowners would be when renovating a home, Larry offers an audible wry smile and suggests they hire Emily. He quickly adds, “Have a lot of patience and don’t rush. If a house flows properly, almost any design can work, so create rooms that give thought to other rooms.”v
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Boys’ rooms can be tough. Not that they are hard to do or that there aren’t many options, but getting direction from a 15-year-old can be challenging. Teenage boys, approaching young men, say they “don’t really care,” but when I present something to them, suddenly they do. They get involved at that point and open up a little on what it is they’re really looking for; their personality comes out and they realize they can have a space that is truly reflective of their interests. Such was the case with Will Boardman, 9th grader and artist. Reluctant to do anything at first, he was comfortable with his things and really didn’t know what I was going to do to his world. My approach was to appeal to his artistic side. Once I looked through his portfolio, I knew this creative type needed a space just as edgy as he. I drew inspiration from a recent trip to New York and my stay at the Ace Hotel in the Flat Iron District. Designed by Roman
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and Williams, this property screams urban, artistic, simplistic and edgy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in all the good ways. I decided to create a gallery-like space, with all the metal, wood and loft-like touches you might find in Soho, but right here in Charlotte. The white walls are the perfect backdrops for his art. Chris Havey and his team created the wood and metal bed and the black and white wallpaper behind renders it more anchored than it would have been against the white. The black blinds have the same strength as the other elements in the room and to me, are reminiscent of black casement windows. The simple bedding (including a wool blanket from the Ace Hotel) and a pop of the most talked about piece in the room - the orange seatbelt chair, give this entire space a cohesive look. I think I won him over when I revealed the space. Having been an art major myself, I knew the surroundings would really help his creative thinking!v Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 1009 East Boulevard. For more information visit www.lucyandcompany.com or call 704-342-6655.
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UP, UP and AWAY
“Our long national nightmare is over,” President Gerald Ford said when he took office in the wake of Watergate. The country has endured a few nightmares since then, and the great housing bust is surely among them. However, the consensus among the Charlotte Realtor community is that our long, regional nightmare is over. Housing has bounced back. THE OFFICIAL VOICE of the Realtor community – the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association – is bullish. Joe Rempson, the association’s 2014 president, says, “We are headed into a very good market.” Realtors are saying we’ve turned the corner. Allen Tate Realtors, for instance, had 20,083 closings in 2013 – a 20 percent increase from the year before. In 2012, houses were sitting on the market for 120 days or more; but today, buyers are getting in bidding wars over some properties. Inventory is low, and competition is rising – with such low inventory, an updated house that’s priced right is likely to get multiple offers. Almost all indicators are up. Home prices have been steadily rising and sellers are getting their asking price (or close to it). Buyers and sellers alike are more confident. Inventory declined 6.2 percent this February compared to February 2013, leaving the Charlotte region with a 4.9-months’ supply of homes for sale, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. Inventory is down all over the metro area, but it’s down as much as 60 percent in some neighborhoods. That’s a much healthier position than the city was in at the end of 2011, when the area had a full 10 months’ supply. Another positive sign is the average list price of homes in February 2014. It’s up 7.4 percent from a year ago, going from $260,914 to $280,339. However, February sales decreased 8.4 percent this year scaling from 1,877 properties sold to 2,049 properties in the previous year. Rempson points out February may have been an anomaly because of the region’s unusual snow and ice storms. “The region had experienced more than 19 months of year-over-year increases,” Rempson adds. “Winter weather definitely played a role in disrupting sales and transactional activity across the region in February.” He further cautions that January and February aren’t typically accurate barometers of an overall market as most people wait for the spring selling season – when their homes have better curb appeal – to list their house. Rempson believes in the Charlotte housing market because he believes in Charlotte. “Our city
has diversified and created jobs outside the banking sector that have led people here,” he says. Those newcomers don’t have as many housing choices as they once did, however. A Seller’s Market Emma Littlejohn, a national authority on residential real estate and founder of The Littlejohn Group, a Charlotte-based marketing, research and sales consulting firm, says the ride may be bumpy, but the trend will continue upward. The stagnation we’ve seen in recent years has mostly vanished. “Where properties are appropriately priced, they’re moving quickly,” she says. Still, like a bad hangover, we may feel lingering effects of the bust. “There’s a limited number of foreclosures still on the market,” she says. “But you have that in every market. Not every piece of property is going to be sale-able.” One post-bust trend (or possible result) is the desire for a smaller, scaled-back home. “People will often make the choice for a smaller house if it’s in an area they like,” Littlejohn says. “They’ll also take less house if they can get something new.” Helen Penter of the Allen Tate Company agrees more people are looking for less square footage. “There are a lot of buyers retiring now, and with that change in lifestyle, they prefer a smaller home.” Penter has also seen more move-up buyers recently – a demographic that was practically nonexistent during the bust years. Buyers have gotten incredibly energy-conscious since the real estate decline. “Energy costs are a big factor,” Littlejohn says. “People want to have some control over their heating and cooling costs and that practicality is coming into play in all price points.” People renting apartments are asking about the energy efficiency of the HVAC systems; just as are people buying $2 million homes. It’s certainly a sellers’ market, with homeowners getting much closer to their asking price than a year or 18 months ago. Eric Gamble of HM Properties says that as long as sellers don’t get too greedy, 2014 should be a very active year.
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New Construction vs. Resale The decision about building a new home or buying a resale is dependent on many factors. Realtors point out that it’s tougher to find lots and land to build on in-town versus farther from the city. When considering new against resale, buyers have to decide if they want to build, buy a spec home from a larger national homebuilding company or hire a custom builder. Buyers thinking of building – particularly a custom home – should consider how involved they want to be in a time-consuming process. “Many resale homes have been updated in this current market, so, often buying a resale can feel like buying new construction,” points out Ryan Willis of Boxwood Realty. In the years immediately following the crash, builders were reluctant to build specs. That’s changed, however as builders are building again, and that’s a positive sign. Homeowners are also more apt to stay put and renovate their homes. “We’re seeing people strip their homes down and completely renovate,” explains Emma Littlejohn. After a recent uptick in new construction, it’s likely to remain flat or grow just slightly this year. The Market Edge, a quarterly update, indicates the Charlotte metro area saw nearly 10,000 building permits in 2013; a 25 percent increase from 2012. However, price increases due to inflation in lot prices, materials and labor, as well as stricter lender guidelines, will likely keep home building permit increases to a minimum. Overall Market The feeling for 2014 seems to be one of cautious optimism. The market will continue to improve, Realtors suggest, but it hinges in part on mortgage interest rates, which are expected to go up. Emma Littlejohn cites rising interest rates and notes that labor and supply costs are also expected to rise. As interest rates increase, demand and affordability may be impacted. News is still upbeat; mortgage rates may be slowly moving upward, but pent-up demand remains. “When you look at historical context, interest rates are still extremely low,” Littlejohn adds. “Demand now outpaces supply.” Rempson says most sellers seem to be pricing their homes more realistically, which has resulted in homes being on the market for fewer days. “We’re seeing a steady, strong recovery,” he says. “That’s what you want to see. Prices aren’t going to start skyrocketing, but that’s okay. That’s an indication of a volatile market.” Like Rempson, Littlejohn is optimistic about the real estate forecast because Charlotte remains a great place to live and do business. “We’ve seen job growth and have the possibility of even more. There’s continued public investment. Every time you see public investment, you see growth. You see it in transit and at the airport. The Charlotte area is a healthy, safe place to live, and that’s going to keep bringing people here.v
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A SNAPSHOT OF CHARLOTTE’S KEY AREAS There are many ways to divide the Charlotte region into smaller markets. To get a big picture view of where Charlotte’s housing market is right now, we’ve identified five broad categories – North Charlotte, South Charlotte, Historic Midtown, Uptown and what we’re calling “In-town.” Within each of these broad areas we identify a few distinct neighborhoods. The LYNX Blue Line unifies many of the areas from I-485 in South Charlotte through SouthEnd and into Uptown.
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The Blue Line extension to the Northeast corridor is an expansion of the hugely successful LYNX light rail service. The 9.3-mile alignment will link Ninth Street through NoDa and then to the University area. The terminus will be on the UNC Charlotte campus. Littlejohn calls the expansion route “the most interesting corridor” in the market today. The line is scheduled to begin running in 2017. Rempson says the area has seen a lot of growth over the past several years and cites the amenities, restaurants, schools and, of course, the lake, as possible reasons why people are drawn there. He says the Blue Line will have a positive effect, adding “It will help with connectivity, alleviate congestion and ease commute times.”
Dilworth Elizabeth SouthEnd Plaza Midwood Chantilly
People want to live near amenities, says Littlejohn, and this area’s got them. Dilworth, Charlotte’s oldest ‘official’ subdivision remains one of the strongest areas of town. Developers are buying up homes to build new or renovate for resale. This will continue to drive the pricing up. Lexie Longstreet, co-owner of Savvy + Co. Real Estate anticipates another strong year for Plaza Midwood and says its “walk-ability” to restaurants and retail makes it likely to stay strong. “Midwood remained steady in market values even when the market tanked,” Ryan Willis of Boxwood Realty adds. SouthEnd is alive with construction and that’s a very good thing according to Realtors. They attribute it in part to the light rail system that runs right through it. Saturated with apartment complexes, the increased density makes the area more valuable. “SouthEnd isn’t ideal for single-family homes, and most residential living is in the form of mixed-use buildings,” explains Eric Gamble of HM Properties. Chantilly is “out of control,” according to Longstreet, with just a 1.3-month supply of homes now, compared with a 12 months’ supply two years ago. Renovated houses in Chantilly sell fast and often get multiple offers. She also suggests Eastway Park as a good first-time buyer neighborhood and Oakhurst off Monroe Road as another not-quite-discovered starter neighborhood offering homes with character. Elizabeth is a favorite area of town for many Realtors – mostly for its intimate size. Plaza Midwood is rising in popularity thanks to its proximity to town and the Arts District, and future plans for the light rail along the North Tryon corridor. According to Willis at Boxwood Realty, Madison Park – beside Park Road Shopping Center – may have some of the best buys in town now. He cites the incredible location, the size of the lots and that many of the homes have been updated. Buyers can get into this neighborhood for around $250,000 for a great three-bedroom, two-bath home.
SouthPark Eastover Cotswold Myers Park Foxcroft
In-town includes traditionally desirable neighborhoods that remain very hot, but with very little inventory. Prices in these neighborhoods have also rebounded better than areas farther from city center. Myers Park is a large neighborhood that continues to remain strong, primarily because of its charming aesthetic and ideal location. Cotswold is very solid, and experts suggest that the market values in Cotswold will continue to increase. Homes are well above tax values since the revaluation was done and people can get more house and larger lots for the money than in Myers Park, Dilworth and Elizabeth. Most homes were built after those older neighborhoods, so renovations can be less expensive when owners are trying to maintain the home’s original character. SouthPark is still a standout. Commercial construction is booming and surrounding home prices are competitive. “People love SouthPark, and I’m beginning to think of it as Charlotte’s ‘downtown’ that complements our ‘uptown,’” Gamble points out. Littlejohn adds, “There are currently four apartment projects coming out of the ground in SouthPark,” noting that renting is still a viable and attractive option for many.
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Center City, with its abundance of luxury high-rises, was one of the areas hardest hit by the crisis. It’s on the rebound, however, even if cautiously. At the height of the market, some condos were selling for over $400 per square foot. There’s good news, though. The new parks and ballpark are adding some opportunities. “You’ve got the Panthers winning, the new baseball stadium and the Hornets coming back – as well as a lot of vertical construction uptown,” Littlejohn says. “There are new office buildings, bringing about the possibility of relocations. There is definitely a sense of optimism about Uptown.” Gamble suggests potential buyers keep an eye on Villa Heights and Belmont along the North Tryon corridor near NoDa. “Investors have been buying in there for several years, and the areas are transitioning to newer construction and updated bungalows and millhouses,” he explains. He adds the Morehead Street corridor, north of Bank of America Stadium and bookended by SouthEnd/Wilmore and Wesley Heights is also up-and-coming.
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Littlejohn says this area is seeing a “steady migration” outside Mecklenburg County. Fort Mill and Rock Hill are among the areas that have become – and will likely remain – popular. Lower taxes are part of the appeal, she says, and some families make the move because of schools. Many see Ballantyne as an anchor in south Charlotte, saying it will continue to rebound from the housing crisis. It’s a very desirable area for those who don’t mind commuting uptown or who work in south Charlotte. There are still some hidden gems in this part of the metro area, though. “If you have $300,000 to spend, Woodbridge – off Carmel Road – hasn’t seen its full potential yet,” Lexie Longstreet says. Longstreet notes a recent trend of the “walkable neighborhood” and feels it’s here to stay. If there’s a sidewalk leading from your house to coffee shops, restaurants and shops, that’s ideal. She cites Thornhill, with its proximity to StoneCrest, as an example.
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covered brick masonry structure that would include an outdoor fireplace with mounted TV and a grill, ample seating and room for entertaining family and friends. After seeing Advanced Renovations work and hearing recommendations from several friends, she couldn’t wait to begin work with them. “I was very comfortable choosing Duane and his team at Advanced Renovations,” she adds. Seventeen years in the business means that Advanced Renovations has honed the turnkey service they’re known for. “It was during those first few years that we learned the importance of spending time on the front end of the project,” says Duane. “Time spent setting expectations of what the client wants in the space, alongside a proper budget is crucial.” Teamwork and collaboration between the client, architect and builder makes for a much smoother process and
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Duane knows this from experience. “It makes it much easier to manage expectations and keep a project on track and within budget when we all work closely with each other.” The team made a few tweaks to the plans, including more cost effective options that everyone could agree on. Instead of the brick masonry flooring, Duane opted for a Brazilian hardwood floor known for being naturally resistant to bugs, and a wood-burning fireplace instead of gas. A seating wall wraps around the open patio and barbeque grill and the covered space is flanked with a pine panel ceiling. A wrought iron table is perfect for eating the grill master’s menu and the flat screen 38 URBAN HOME CHARLOTTE APRIL / MAY 2014
television sits perfectly above the brick and slate accented fireplace. Plenty of seating creates a relaxing and comfortable lounge area that can be enjoyed year-round – an ideal spot for their annual Father/Son Oyster Roast that Steven and his sons host every Christmas. The project took just four short months to complete and the Shorkey family had exactly what they’d hoped for in an outdoor living area.v Duane Johns is a builder and the owner of Advanced Renovations, Inc. in Charlotte. For more information on renovations and home building projects, call 704-799-3999 or visit www.advancedrenovations.com.
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MARK MORGAN Curb appeal is important, and an irrigation system, once installed, is an effortless method of increasing flower power and emphasizing the entrance to the house.
In the last issue, I explained the need for an all-encompassing landscape plan and how the late winter months are the perfect time to work on it. Now, as my team plans the spring schedule to reactivate irrigation systems, I think about the warm weather ahead of us and the national headlines revolving around the need for water conservation. In this line of reasoning, a homeowner should work with a professional to develop an irrigation plan as a supplementary part of the bigger landscape design. A well-designed system is far more effective than traditional manual sprinklers. Why go to all the expense and time to install beautiful plants if you don’t take the extra step of installing irrigation to protect the investment? It’s difficult to establish healthy plants that will remain viable for many years without consistent watering. Even though we’ve received our fair share of precipitation over the last months, the extreme heat of the coming summertime requires increased watering on a regular schedule. This task is best performed by an automatic system, complete with separate zones for beds, lawn and containers with individualized moisture needs. Turf grass such as fescue, which is prevalent in the Charlotte area, requires more water than
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some other parts of the landscape. Since it is a cool season grass, it refuses to grow in the heat without enough moisture and depends heavily upon an automated system with designated zones of its own. Container plantings also need their own zone. Many homeowners neglect to run irrigation to their container plants, but it is an essential component of a comprehensive system. Almost every family takes at least one vacation during the hot months, often relying on a neighborhood teenager to water and care for their containers. Often, upon return, it’s “Oh, no!” With irrigation of your containers, you won’t need to worry about the blazing sun destroying your investment in container plants. They are taken care of automatically and remain vibrant and green despite your absence. For those with a mature landscape and existing irrigation system, late March to April is the perfect time to reactivate the sprinklers after winter hibernation. Ensure your landscaping professional checks each zone and its accompanying sprinkler heads to detect and repair any winter breakage. Now is also a good time to upgrade an existing system with a smart controller. Today’s technology enables homeowners to operate controllers
through an iPhone app, setting each zone separately based on the appâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback about moisture levels in specific areas of the yard. Overall, an irrigation system adds to property value and will help if you plan to sell the house at a later time. It presents your property in a healthier, greener way. First impressions are everything. Many buyers see an irrigation system as a bonus; however, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s viewed as a necessity in higher-end homes. Curb appeal is important and an irrigation system, once installed, is an effortless method of increasing flower power and emphasizing the entrance to the house. Be sure to contract with a North Carolina licensed irrigation professional. A licensed irrigation and landscape contractor has experience in both areas and fully understands turf and plant needs. It is this kind of professional who realizes the importance of a well-designed irrigation system and its ability to save water. And remember, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often only homes with automated systems that are allowed to water their lawns and gardens when drought conditions come.v
Overall, an irrigation system adds to property value and will help if you plan to sell the house at a later time.
Mark Morgan founded Morgan Landscape Group over 20 years ago. He brings thirty years of knowledge and experience to every project he works on and has a passion for landscape design, environmental conditions and plant materials. For landscape design and consultation, call 704-588-2292 or visit www.morganlandscapegroup.com.
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M “With two small children, the Petillo’s knew they needed something stylish and comfortable, but also wanted a space in which they could entertain
MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE IS DIFFICULT. Add onto that a home that needs some serious organizing and design and it will make you want to call in reinforcements. Which is exactly what Lynn Petillo and her husband did. “We move a lot for my husband’s job and had just arrived to Charlotte from Seattle,” explains Lynn. “We needed a design that was clean, flows easily from room to room and can easily translate to any home, should we pick-up and move again.” After interviewing several designers, a friend of Lynn’s suggested she contact Anne Buresh Interior Design for help with their home in Eastover. “As soon as I called Anne, I felt like I’d known her all my life,” remembers Lynn. Though Lynn and her husband weren’t quite sure what design they had in mind, they knew they liked a timeless, classic style. “With two small children, they knew they needed something stylish and comfortable, but also wanted a space in which they could entertain friends and co-workers,” says Anne. During their first meeting, Anne and Lynn discussed how they wanted the house to be used. “It’s important for the client, and by extension, me, to know how they want the rooms to function,” offers Anne. “Once that component is identified, then we can move onto design direction.” Operating on a “less is best” philosophy adopted by Lynn and her husband, the three worked closely to find a look that made sense for their lifestyle. When agreeing on a color palette, they decided that the “backbone of the design” as Anne puts it, should be a range of neutral tones. They needed some pop, so Anne suggested they take a look through Lynn’s closet to see what she gravitated towards. There, they discovered deep corals and decided that a subtle achromatic range with pops of deep coral
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would be a logical palette for the living room. A gilded glass coffee table added interest and contrast. The Petillos travel a lot, so it was important to incorporate items they’d acquired along the way into the design. “We added many things, but the book about Seattle on the coffee table was a must,” offers Anne.
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Moving from a home in Seattle with a very different floorplan, the Petillos needed furnishings to round out their space but still wanted to use existing pieces to fill in the gaps. Anne worked with their sofa and chairs in the family room but added a weathered French grey console and various accessories to brighten it up and create unity. “I love fitting my clients’ personalities into my designs,” Anne smiles. “It can be challenging but extremely rewarding and I love pleasing my clients.” Anne easily pulled together a breakfast room off the kitchen and a fabulous dining room where the Petillo’s could host dinner parties.
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“The whole project was completed in about three months,” says Anne, “because they really wanted to host Thanksgiving in their beautiful new home. The dining room was one of the chief projects.” Working with the existing wallpaper, Anne added an antique gilded oval dining table and soft linen-upholstered dining chairs with nailhead trim. “I was excited to find this Greek Key console table,” adds Anne. “It’s a gorgeous piece that fits the space perfectly and adds an ideal flow from the kitchen to the dining room.” A textured rug and antique mirror round out the space, while the Italian chandelier is an immediate eye-
catcher. “They really wanted guests to feel comfortable to linger after dinner and converse. This space lends itself perfectly to that.” On “reveal day”, Anne sends her clients out of the home, often to the spa, and installs the design to be revealed upon their return. Candles are lit, Champagne is chilled and the homeowners get to experience their new look for the first time. “I love to see the WOW expressions on my clients’ faces,” says Anne. “It’s an unbelievable experience.” Of course, no home that Anne designs is complete without her signature bowl of almonds placed as a nod to good old southern hospitality. “It
represents a welcome and a wish of good health,” explains Anne, “and what’s more inviting than that? Clients say they can never keep the bowl filled – which I think speaks to how an attention to detail makes all the difference.” When asked what her favorite room in the home is, Lynn quickly answers that it’s the living room. “I never had one in Seattle,” she explains. “It’s inviting, peaceful and cozy, and with two kids that’s important.”v
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CATHERINE WHITNEY In any scenario, whether casual or formal, the project always has to be functional and designed specifically for each space.
Designing a new kitchen can be similar to visiting a foreign country. Tour guides can help you get the most out of the experience by telling you where to go, what sites to see, what not to do… having someone who speaks the language can make the whole trip easier. That’s exactly what my job is all about. Kitchen designers understand the language, where to go, what may make clients’ lives easier and I have the experience to understand their vision. I can help clients narrow down their options by defining the three key components of the kitchen design process: the product, the person/designer and the price. All three can help personalize a space that’s perfect for you and help you get the most out of a remodel. A hand-held experience, if desired. With the improving housing market, we’ve had an uptick in clients looking to renovate or are beginning the design process for their new custom home. Each client feels confident that their investment and their effort will add value to their home for future sale. Many of them are looking for solutions that include work and storage spaces for children with sports lockers in
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the mudroom or storage on an island back for art and school supplies. They also need open storage for fresh vegetables, but don’t want it looking too utilitarian, so we suggest using decorative wire mesh drawers for air circulation. Decorative wine storage is very popular and even special cabinets for pet supplies that contain food storage, leashes and pet medicine. Each of these trends is on the rise in kitchen design. Along with the renovations and potential sale of your home comes the decision of what kind of style works the best for your family. If you’re looking for a modern look, you may consider frameless cabinets with clean lines and minimal hardware. Many cabinet designers offer sleek wood veneers, painted and lacquer finishes that have a contemporary feel. If you are looking for a more traditional or classic look, consider styles and finishes that will create a more formal look. Inset cabinetry, for example, is a great way to achieve this look for any area of your home. When it comes to cabinet design, working with the best product lines are important to get the quality and look you want. Two great
options are Wood-Mode and Brookhaven, whom we work with in the store. WoodMode is an American businesses making fine custom cabinetry since 1942, one of the oldest in the nation. They use American materials and combine Old World craftsmanship with state-of-the-art machinery, making a perfect combination of strengths – the kind of quality I suggest to customers when they take on any kitchen project. I’ve been in the kitchen and bath design industry since 1984 and I have worked with both renovation and new construction projects. In any scenario, whether casual or formal, the project always has to be functional and designed specifically for each space. So quality and functionality should be of chief concern for customers. With the many different styles and finish options available, clients can design the perfect kitchen that will stand the test of time, add value to your home and give you pleasure every time you’re in it.v
Catherine Whitney is the showroom manager and designer at South End Kitchens. To schedule an appointment, call 704-379-1770 or email Catherine at email@example.com. The design studio is located in the historic Meeting Hall building at 1500 South Blvd, Suite 101-A. You can also visit South End Kitchens at www.southendkitchens.com.
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A PLACE WHERE THE SOUND of gently flowing water eases you into relaxation as it glides effortlessly into the pool below? What if I said you didn’t have to leave home? Sounds too good to be true, but Stephanie and Tim Mankus, residents of Myers Park, need only look as far as their backyard for this kind of escape. Myers Park, though known for the dreamy tree-lined streets and charming location, is not exactly known for spacious lots – the average lot size being just at a quarter of an acre. A challenge for most, but when the couple called on Pool by Design to bring their vision of a spa-like pool and barbeque area to life, Simon Spiers and his team tackled it with gusto. “Simon was the first to say yes,” recalls Tim. “He didn’t shy away of our small space or our challenge of hooking the pool up to the existing porch.”
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Having owned a pool in St. Louis before they moved to Charlotte, the Mankus’ felt a loss every time they looked out their backyard. “The patch of grass there did nothing for us, except die every summer,” laments Tim. “So after a couple of years here in Charlotte, we came to the conclusion that it was time to install a space we could enjoy.” Realizing how extensively they wanted to utilize this space, they worked closely with Pool by Design to maximize their yard and get everything they wanted into the design. The plan included a barbeque close to the house – for easy access when entertaining – as well as a resort-inspired swim-up pool and spa; similar to the ones they’d seen while vacationing in Mexico.
“It was actually Simon who came up with the idea to flip the traditional pool set up around, and make it work in our space,” says Tim, noting that Simon and his team made it possible to create what he and his wife feared would be impossible. “Working with Simon and his team at Pool by Design allowed us to get exactly what we envisioned. It was truly a collaborative effort and without them, I don’t think we could have accomplished what we were able to, and get a space we enjoy every day!”v Simon Spiers is the owner of Pool by Design in Charlotte. To start planning your own backyard oasis, just in time for summer, contact Pool by Design at 704-333-7446 or visit www.poolbydesign.com.
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MOST OF US BEGIN OUR ADULT LIVES with very little furniture. We get out of school, get a first job and find a (probably humble) first home or apartment. Rodney Hines is adamant that a first home doesn’t have to be furnished with milk crates. In fact, his store’s new motto is: “Be young. Be foolish. Be well-furnished.” Southend Trading Company, the third store in what he halfjokingly refers to as his local “empire” is just the place for someone who has a sense of style but doesn’t have unlimited funds. It’s where Hines lets his imagination and creative impulses run rampant. With an unexpected blend of modern, French and reclaimed furniture, Southend Trading Company looks different each time you wander in. The offerings are carefully curated, but they’re sourced from a wide, and perhaps unlikely, list of places. Some are High Point market samples and closeouts, and some are from Hines’s scouting expeditions to estate sales. No matter the source, all are priced to please a bargain shopper. “Even I can’t predict what we’ll have at this store,” laughs Hines. “But it’s always well-stocked with great deals from a ton of different sources. We love helping people create a home they’re proud of without breaking the bank. Lots of our customers own second homes and are looking for stylish furniture that isn’t necessarily going to be a big investment.” The designers on staff are adept at helping clients create a happy home using what they already have on hand (from mom’s attic or a yard sale, perhaps). “We all love an eclectic look,” says Hines of his staff’s take on decorating. “We’re fans of flea markets and yard sales, and we know you can find some treasures there. But you don’t want your house to look like a garage sale in progress.” Southend Trading Company’s design team can help integrate new pieces into what someone already has to work with and build a plan for what should come next. Just because the store is stocked with bargains doesn’t mean it sticks to a one-size-fits-all philosophy. One of Hines’ lines – Vanguard – offers a fun “Make it Yours” option. The luxury line, based in North Carolina, has an array of handcrafted furniture that clients can customize to match their look and personality. Would you like a roll arm or Classic English arm on your sofa? Leather or upholstery on a bench, bar stool or ottoman? Which nail heads would you like as the trim for your chair or headboard – and in which pattern? Even the tops and bases of dining and occasional tables are customizable. Beyond the custom lines, there are other unique finds and “odds and ends,” as Hines describes them. He’s a fixture at the twice-annual High Point Furniture Market, flea markets and estate sales, where he hones in on faded furniture he can bring back to life. A stable of artists and faux finishers takes these old castoffs and makes them new again. Whether you’re starting from scratch in your first home – or just need a new piece to update the look you already love – Southend Trading Company likely has what you need at a price you can live with. Take it from Rodney Hines: being on a budget is no barrier to creating a swanky pad.v
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For a happy hodgepodge of looks and styles at reasonable prices, visit Southend Trading Company at 2935 Griffith Street or call 704-527-1001. Hines’ other stores are The Furniture Connector at 2905 Griffith Street and High Cotton Home at 2137 South Blvd.
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TRENT HASTON Upgrades to ready your home for sale should not be emotional, but business decisions. Do just enough to give a buyer inspiration, and give you a good return on your investment.
As we all know, Charlotte’s real estate market, like the rest of the country, took a hit over the past few years. I suggest that 2014 is the year of the comeback! In my opinion, some of the hottest neighborhoods, based on the strength of their real estate markets, are Eastover, Myers Park, Foxcroft, Dilworth, Southpark (to include several neighborhoods), Plaza Midwood, Southend and now Center City (among others). The home values and real estate liquidity in these neighborhoods has returned with a vengeance as we roll into 2014. As recently as 2010, I recall hearing many of our repeat customers in these neighborhoods say they “thought they would never regain the investment that they had put into their homes earlier in the 2000s.” It seems now that they have surpassed a breakeven return on their investment from earlier as evidenced by many of these customers selling their existing homes in quick fashion, and purchasing new homes as open palettes for custom remodeling and renovations. If now is the time to sell your existing home and capitalize on the momentum-gaining economy, here is my number one tip for selling your home: Skip the larger high-dollar renovations and stick with glorified “handyman” remodels. Most buyers in the high-end home market want to put their own stamp on the house by doing large projects once they purchase. They like to start with a blank canvas, so don’t bother with largescale projects that will force you to raise the sale price, and that likely, the buyer won’t like anyway. I remember reading Warren Buffett’s shareholder letter from a few years ago and he spoke of selling a used car. He offered advice, saying that a relatively small investment in the range of eight hours worth of elbow grease and several hundred dollars can return a much quicker sale for thousands more dollars. The same is true for your home. Warren didn’t suggest rebuilding the engine or revamping the body or interior. Just show that the vehicle has been well taken care of during your ownership.
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Here are some wise projects to try before putting your home on the market: •
Clean and pressure-wash the home’s exterior and touch up paint as needed for curb appeal
Invest in hardscapes and plantings
Replace door hardware with updated styles in impressionable spots such as the front door, kitchen cabinets and master bedroom
Refinish hardwoods. Everyone loves to examine hardwoods when they enter the home, and when they look nice, it sets the stage for the rest of the home
If the home does not have hardwoods, consider replacing dated tile flooring or carpets with hardwoods, newer tile or stone, or popular products like cork or bamboo in visible areas like front entrances, mudrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms
Thoroughly clean or even replace kitchen appliances to update and freshen the space
Consider upgrading the kitchen countertops and backsplash. Choose an economical option like granite or stone
Replace older light fixtures with updated ones or add recessed cans or accent lights
Understand that these cosmetic upgrades to ready your home for sale should not be emotional, but business decisions. Do just enough to give a buyer inspiration, and give you a good return on your investment. Not to mention, a quick sell. A new buyer is likely to build on what you’ve completed on their way to a larger home remodel. Trent Haston is CEO of Andrew Roby and has spent many years in project management, focusing on style and craftsmanship for custom home projects. For more information call 704-334-5477 or visit www.andrewroby.com.
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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: TRACI ZELLER
by Anne Marie Ashley
WHY THE ROOM WORKS
When we saw this cozy hideaway from designer Traci Zeller’s personal home, we just had to get the story on this design. Here, she tells us the idea behind it and how she pulled off the look. Traci: The goal of this project was to create a grown-up retreat, a place for enjoying wine, conversation, a good book or television. The challenge was its location – over the garage. The roofline dictated the space, creating sharply sloped walls, which typically creates unusable space. The solution? Wine Storage! I added a set of built-in temperature controlled cabinets, which use the space effectively and store up to 800 bottles of wine. The dark walls create a feeling of intimacy while softening the angles of the ceiling. Bright colors, patterns, textures and
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the gleam of gold accents make the room interesting and vibrant despite the dark background. A statement light fixture draws the eye up, to take the focus off the ceiling slope. The oversized accent table serves as a tasting table for wine and food, and bold faux-ostrich ottomans tucked under its sides add flexible seating, color and texture. A mohair sofa and linen club chairs provide the main seating, and every seat has a place to put a drink. The boldly patterned Roman shade pulls the focus to the built-in wine cabinets. The custom-built media cabinet is quite deep, filling the otherwise empty nook and housing a hidden television. v
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By Brandy Snow
As the record cold of Winter 2014 gives way to the warmer, longer days of Spring, thoughts of getting outside to soak it all in are on everyone’s minds. But if you have a home with a southern or western facing patio or deck, the impending sunnier days could mean another year of hot, glaring sun hindering you from enjoying your outside space. Marvin Williams spent more than 20 years in a lawn service career, talking with thousands of homeowners whose umbrella shading systems weren’t providing much relief from the sun. Seeing a need, he founded ShadeTree Canopies, a shading system with a unique modular, no-pitch design that can be customized to accommodate outdoor areas of virtually any width or shape. Canopies offer flexible designs that adapt to both new and existing structures and move easily along tracks. A patented built-in mechanism offers the best defense against wind damage, automatically releasing tension on the canopy in the event of high winds. ShadeTree’s product line has grown over the years. Today, customers can choose structures and pergolas with shade canopies and motorized all-weather retractable systems made from wood, aluminum, vinyl and composite materials that are all pre-fabricated at the ShadeTree factory for quality control and quick installation. ShadeTree has a complete engineering and design team to customize and build the perfect shade retreat. The Charlotte design studio opened in 2013 and is operated by Karen and David Colvin. The studio services the Carolinas and offers homeowners top-quality customer care from first phone call through project completion. “Every patio and deck is unique, so we design each shade system to fit the style, taste and budget of the homeowner,” says David Colvin. “We are a shade solutions company that even offers interior window fashions to complement your new elegant outdoor living room.” Canopy selections include over 40 marine-grade durable and decorative fabrics by Sunbrella. To complete the ultimate outdoor living experience, ShadeTree also offers backyard blinds, all-weather screens, cabana curtains, valances and patio furniture.v If you’re ready to have your backyard oasis “made in the shade,” contact David and Karen Colvin at ShadeTree Cool Living, located at 1315 Suite C Hwy 16, Stanley, NC. Call 1-800-894-3801, or visit www.shadetreecanopies.com for more information.
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IN THE MIDST OF THE TRADITIONAL neutral palette showcased at this year’s Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, attendees received an unexpected taste of backyard luxury fused with Asian flair. The bold red and black lines of the pergola at the heart of Sunmar Construction’s simulated “Modern Retreat” were a dramatic divergence from the usual. It not only created the structural framework for the outdoor room but also stood out as an equally pleasing focal point. In fact, the exhibit, which championed the idea of sustainability efforts through the integration of recycled and repurposed elements as key design features, was awarded third place in overall design at the show. Clara Vasquez, co-owner of Sunmar Construction, attributes this to the out-of-the-box use of colors, textures and materials in creating a cohesive style. “The pergola is just one design element serving dual purposes for both aesthetic appeal and functionality. Our goal throughout the design was to demonstrate how seemingly useless items could be integrated with our traditional projects – retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, patios and the like – to not only serve a tangible need but also lend a touch of charm to complete the development of a total backyard oasis.” Labeled a “Zen Garden,” the design created luxurious simplicity and tranquility with pallet-style seating, river rock and chicken wire accent walls, reclaimed wood elements, a fireplace, and a stone retaining wall that offers both seating capacity and built-in planters. Various manicured green plants dotted by several hues of tulips along with three wall-mounted waterfall features highlighted an air of serenity. Two blue beach bikes equipped with planter boxes added whimsy and casual elegance.v Sunmar Construction specializes in outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pool decks, in-ground pools, retaining walls, landscaping, patios and stonework. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space, contact Clara Vasquez at Sunmar Construction, located at 3748 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews, NC. For more information, call 704-930-1250, or visit www.sunmarconstruction.com.
Green Space: Upcycled Items to Complete Your Landscape In an effort to preserve Mother Nature, Sunmar Construction advocates the use of recycled materials in their design and utilized various repurposed items in their recent Garden Show exhibit. How can you integrate your own recycled items into your backyard space, creating an oasis that expertly blends style, functionality and sustainability? Here are a few easy ways via Pinterest: Pallets – Create a vertical garden for plants or herbs Glass Bottles – Use broken shards integrated into cement to create mosaic stepping stones Urbanite Broken Concrete – Utilize its irregular shaped pieces to create pathways or patios Retro Furniture – Search thrift stores and antique shops for pieces that need TLC to discover new life Old Containers – Paint, decorate or use as-is discarded containers as garden planters Mason Jars – Drop in a candle and adorn with jute twine to create a lantern Non-operational Refrigerator – Lay horizontally, create a large container to fit around the fridge, and you have a large outdoor cooler APRIL / MAY 2014 URBAN HOME CHARLOTTE 81
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THE SIMPLEST DEFINITION OF CUSTOM-MADE may be, “made to the specifications of an individual purchaser.” Others hear custom-made, however, and think “high-end” or “expensive.” Ask Eric Brown, president of Everett Custom Homes, what the word means and he will tell you that “custom” means a few things to him. “For me, it means we can offer clients a full-service custom home building experience that lets homeowners know they are a priority and not just another project on the tick list,” explains Eric. Knowing this, clients can rest-assured their specifications, wants and wishes will be constantly considered throughout the completion of their custom project at Everett.
rest, but the spaces also end up being comfortable and livable.” Some of Everett Custom Homes’ have been so keenly customized for the owners, that some compare them to a tailored suit, fitting the homeowner to a tee. If you imagine building a home that is entirely distinct and expresses your lifestyle in every nook and cranny, then a custom home is an ideal option for you. Everett Custom Homes has the know-how to make your imaginings a reality.v If you’re interested in a custom built home, contact Eric Brown at Everett Custom Homes at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.everettcustomhomesllc.com or call 704-608-4307.
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“Custom-made can also mean the sky is the limit for my clients,” offers Eric. “If you can dream it, then we can have it created and built for you.” Eric and his team have worked on projects that include characteristics that are completely unique to that home and that home only. “We’ve created things like barrel vaulted ceilings, custom arched wooden garage doors and 12-inch-wide walnut timber floors made with wood from local forests,” says Eric. Other custom options they’ve seen are fireplaces with larger than average cuts of stone and even a bathtub covered in bark used in a rustic home. “Custom work has given me the opportunity to work with some really high-quality materials,” explains Eric. “The craftsmanship stands out as masterful when compared to the
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Spring is definitely in the air and I am excited about everything being fresh and new again. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect time to swap out your drab, chunky pieces for some light and colorful options! Black and cream are great color picks for spring, they are versatile and stylish neutrals that mix beautifully with vibrant pops of color such as coral and mint green. Throw in some textured pieces and graphic prints for some interest and you are sure to be on trend for the season. Ready for any relaxed, casual adventure spring has to offer!
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