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Home Builders Association of Charlotte
Excellence In Remodeling 2010 – Gold Award Winner

Within the historic district of Dilworth, this imposing two and one half story Four Square house was built in 1915 on a prominent street corner. The initial addition scheme was for a two-car garage. As the program expanded, complexities of the site and passage between the two structures offered challenges.

The project evolved to a two-car garage with a 540 square foot garret above. The roof over the garret extended to cover the semi enclosed outdoor stair and storage below. As the rear yard is substantially sloped, another staircase was added to the rear of the house as an enclosed structure with a 100 SF footprint. The upper level floor extends the use of the kitchen as a sun porch open to the kitchen, and the lower floor acts as a mudroom with direct access to the basement. To link the house and the garage structures, a covered open garden structure with an attractive standing seam roof is situated at the mid-point. It also serves as a yard garden feature with built-in wall benches that double as a retaining wall.

The garage accommodates two cars and the garret apartment above features a studio with a bathroom and kitchenette. The design is a miniaturization of main house with repeated materials and details featuring diamond shaped windowpanes and keystone above an arched opening. The lowered eaves diminish the scale of the garage, and side shed dormers as on the house add headroom. A shed canopy over the carriage-style garage doors furthers the beak-down of street front mass as an important part of the considerations for the Historic District approval.

The garden pavilion also recalls details of the main house with brick columns detailed as the front porch columns with added bracketing and bands. The flat roof attachment to the house utilized a bracket detail that appears on the original side yard staircase-landing bay. At this opportunity of construction, the owners expanded the second floor closet, refurbished the exterior with painting and complemented the project with reworked fencing and landscaping.

Participation and teamwork by owner, architect and contractor contributed to the success. The tightness of the site and working in a yard that already had established landscape was a challenge. To minimize the effect of a driveway from the street, it begins at the corner of the rear alley and is enclosed by a remote operated double gate.

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