We recently had an unique opportunity to “flip” a house for a long time client. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Charlotte neighborhood, Foxcroft; it’s a beautiful, pastoral place filled with gorgeous homes of all styles and ages. Before the downturn, developers were bulldozing the old gems and and putting up large scale homes which unfortunately in some cases, didn’t fit the lot or the homes that surrounded them.
So when my client approached me with the idea of designing and renovating a home in Foxcroft as an investment, I was pretty excited. The whole idea was to keep the lovely lines and most of the footprint of this older home but completely gut the inside to bring it up to a modern family’s needs.
Nicely enough, I have done several large scale design and renovation projects for this client and he gave us free reign to make the design decisions. I am super fortunate to have a great team who I depend on heavily to not only execute the ideas but also to help in the areas of what’s possible and what’s not. It was a challenge at times–as it always is when taking apart a house, but in the end we love the way it turned out. It’s going on the market this week–and while I’m happy to see it completed, the end of a project is always a little bittersweet for me. Fortunately, we are starting several more projects so there’s always something to look forward to!
Here is the before and the partial after:
We added a vault in the entry and a second story on the back of the house. And I updated the paint which made a tremendous difference.
A before of the kitchen:
And the after: I chose Carrera for the counters and backsplash.
Another before of the kitchen:
The after- we made a range wall and wrapped the cabinets around the corner.
I designed a cabinet (straight ahead) with pewter trellis mesh over antiqued mirror to add a little unexpected glam to the drop zone. It’s a great place for mail, charging station etc.
The glass cabinets provide tons of pretty storage with drawers below.
I am loving banquettes for dining these days, so we decided to put in one with very functional drawers under the seating:
Here are selections from a planning meeting–(pardon my Siggi’s and coffee cup- it was an early one)!
Here is the marble herringbone floor going into the Guest Bath downstairs:
This was the old Master Bath.
We decided to take it and use for the Master Bedroom:
Here is a close up of the new cabinet I designed for the Master Bedroom:
This was a bedroom that we used for the new Master Bath:
During- the shower goes into the new Master Bath:
The new Master Bath After: I wish you could see the basket weave marble floor in the shower- it’s adorable.
A cramped former closet became this:
The entry foyer felt small to us–so we added a vault with a large window.
I love the way this turned out–the simple addition of moulding made all the difference!
The family room during–
The family room after-
One of my favorite spaces is the stairway. Maybe because there wasn’t one at all before or maybe because I love the shiplap and the small desk area/bookcase at the top of the stairs.
Here’s are two stages of during:
Here’s the After:
A during at the top of the stairs:
The shiplap goes in:
The After: I would have loved this little nook as a kid–a great spot to read.
We widened the doorway from the Dining Room to the Kitchen:
The After- Dining Room: I’m crazy about the Visual Comfort Chandelier.
I personally would love to live here- the bones of the old house are still there– but we just freshened her up and gave her a new life. I’m looking forward to seeing who moves in…the only thing missing is a the love of a family.
To see the entire house- take the virtual tour.
If you would are interested in buying this house, contact Eric Gamble…one stipulation is that you invite us over for a visit!
Professional pictures courtesy of Eric Gamble -HM Properties
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