A home with good bones is worth saving. There are dozens of houses in Dilworth, Plaza Midwood, Eastover, Davidson, Myers Park and even in the ’burbs near Davidson and Waxhaw that are gems, if you will. Their skeletons are strong, the property is intact, and they have character—often one of the most appealing aspects to renovating rather than tearing down an older, more weathered dwelling.
In this issue you’ll find two recently renovated homes—one in Plaza Midwood, the other in Weddington—where the homeowners opted to forgo the familiar rebuild and instead decided to maintain the framework of the existing structure. Clay Andrews’s comfortable Tudor-style bungalow in Plaza Midwood, which he worked on with interior designer Aida Saul and landscape architect Bruce Clodfelter, shows you how a tiny, decades-old home can be transformed into a newer, cleaner space full of personality and charm (page 40).
For years potential home buyers passed on the Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home in Weddington—they loved the property, a sprawling six-acre estate within Union County’s exclusive fly-in Aero Plantation community, but couldn’t get past the home’s dated interior and footprint (page 48). The current homeowners, though, had a vision, and that’s all it took. They executed their plan with the help of interior designer Teal Michel and the result is a more practical, updated interior and layout that suits the family of four.
Elsewhere in this issue is the Sullivan home in Davidson. Beth Knox Sullivan, daughter of the owners of well-known Knox Realty, and her husband Skip designed a home that truly emanates their style. Along with architect Christopher Phelps, the Sullivans were able to incorporate Southwestern flair into their custom house (page 54). Plus, see how Tracy and Teresa Lee, with the help of landscape designer Carole Joyner, turned a stark backyard into the Euro-inspired outdoor living space they’d always dreamed (page 60).
If that’s not enough to whet your design appetite, check out the nearly 100 interior design service listings beginning on page 106, the inside scoop on the $18,000 paint job (page 37), and the lighting NASCAR drivers love (page 9).
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