Everything But the Kitchen: A Home Renewal in Foxcroft
Designer Elizabeth Mydosh reconstructs (almost) every room in a classic home
Elizabeth Mydosh is a 25-year design veteran with a portfolio that includes high-end hospitality and residential spaces throughout Charlotte. When a friend hired her to expand and renovate her 3,000-square-foot Foxcroft home, Mydosh and her team at Stilo Design Studio were excited to transform the “traditional, symmetrical box” into a modern Southern showpiece.
The classic two-story red brick home, built in 1965, had multiple rooms separated by walls and doors. The family had lived there for 18 years and wanted to open up the main floor and create more living space for their three teenagers.
The yearlong renovation included a 1,500-square-foot addition and a redesign of every room but the kitchen. The renovation list included an outdoor courtyard, a new master suite, an upgraded laundry room, a bonus room for the kids, and an entrance with more curb appeal. They also added an attached garage with a covered front porch and a bonus room above for the kids.
“We designed everything from the inside out, but the addition started by taking the back of the house off,” Mydosh says. “The family room was fairly tight, so we opened up the wall into the living room to give her more daylight and breathable space, but we had to work around the fireplace.”
She had to work around that fireplace when she relocated the master bedroom to the first floor, too. “We had the option to rip (the fireplace) out, but we decided to leave the back exterior wall intact and added the master to the right,” Mydosh says. “We took the existing garage and turned it into a new home office with a mudroom plus laundry room and added a new back hallway that opens up into the courtyard, but working around the fireplace meant we could only extend out so far.”
The new owner’s suite got his-and-hers walk-in closets with custom shelving, French doors, a seating area, an enclosed toilet, and a bathtub with a view of the backyard koi pond. While most of the en suite evokes the quiet sanctuary of a spa, the closet is an unexpected jolt of color. “We painted her bedroom a very soft classic gray and used very soft and pretty light pale colors and neutrals in her bathroom,” Mydosh says. “We did gray custom cabinets, too, but in her closet we did a bright coral on her walls. That color makes her happy, and we like to make clients feel that it’s OK that your closet looks totally different—it’s yours!”
The kitchen layout and cabinets remained the same, but the Stilo team replaced a bay window with a box window that overlooks the courtyard and installed a built-in bench for a dining nook. Mydosh also brought in a handcrafted custom kitchen table from local welder Robert Martin.
The most unexpected transformation, though, is the powder room. “We did this cool bright-orange wall covering and used distinctive hardware because that’s the one place in your house that a lot of people will see, and you can really get creative,” she says. “One of my favorite things to do is push people out of their comfort level and make them feel creative in their own right.”