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This house was built in the Elizabeth section of Charlotte in 1945. It was
as plain as a single story house with a low pitch roof can be; really the
ugly duckling of a 70% restored neighborhood.
While there were technically no historical style restraints in the area, the
architect wanted to keep the house in harmony with the restored style of the
surrounding homes. The architect’s plans called for a complete remake of the
house with a second story and new high-pitched roof. We gutted to the bones
with all interior walls stripped down to the studs. We removed all the
windows and layers of aluminum and wood siding down to the sheathing. The
original two bedrooms, one bath interior was converted to a five bedroom
plan with four baths, two upstairs and two downstairs. Casement windows were
installed throughout and Hardi plank horizontal lap siding installed. The
house was completely rewired and new plumbing and mechanicals installed.
The master bedroom was constructed upstairs and a spectacular up to date
bath was included with dramatic touches such as a doorless open shower with
sweeping curves and a skylight.
A private deck was built into the roof accessible from the master bedroom by
French doors. The downstairs incorporates a functional open plan kitchen
with attractive soffit lighting. The kitchen flows into a large open family
room den which incorporates a “floating” staircase with niches for art
objects to set off the media room from the dining area. We fabricated the
custom handrail in our own shop.
The house has now completely shed its “ugly duckling” image and is one of
the better looking homes on the block, whether viewed from outside in or
inside out. Plenty of
space for the owner’s hot tub and additional entertainment space.