Happy Clients

Happy Clients

I popped through an almost-completed project today to get the closing tax credit photos, and had a lovely conversation with the homeowner. Still unpacking into the renovated space, she was already relishing the remodel and addition to their Trinity Park bungalow. Little things that I had campaigned for – like a connection from the back hall through to their hangout space and kitchen – were making sense to her as she inhabited it. Views through the space that I had envisioned on paper were there in reality, and the good folks at Catherine French Design had sourced gorgeous finishes throughout. The homeowners are excited about the last pieces of furniture arriving and getting everything set up, and I can’t wait to share the final photos once it’s ready. In the meantime, I managed one good snap as a preview.

 

Trinity Design/Build contracted this one. I did the space planning, overarching design, and preservation tax credit work. Finally, CFD took care of the fixtures, finishes, and furnishings.

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Office Address: 1235 Berkeley Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 355, Durham NC, 27702

Cerise, Chartreuse, and Aqua!

Over the winter holidays, I was introduced to this little ditty… it obviously belongs right here. Happy New Year to all!

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Office Address: 1235 Berkeley Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 355, Durham NC, 27702

Another Before & After

Befores & Afters are the best, right? Here’s one that has been finished for a bit, but I just got a decent photo.

This 1960s Colonial Revival sits in a sought-after neighborhood in Chapel Hill.  The homeowner loved the site and the way the interior worked, but thought the outside was drab.  She came to me with plans to replace the already-replaced windows, remove the aluminum and put up hardiplank siding, and… do something to bring it up to date. But what?

Original aluminum siding, replacement windows, not a lot to work with.

Original aluminum siding, replacement windows, not a lot to work with.

A few little architectural details were all it needed.

A few little architectural details were all it needed.

Turns out it didn’t take much: we added corner boards, a skirt board, wider door and window surrounds, and some color – just enough to give some definition between the siding and the trim – while keeping the palette very traditional.   Away went the shutters, the brick retaining wall for the front walk, and the oddly proportioned windows. We picked out two accent colors: a bright, yellowy green and a deep, almost black purple for her to use as she decorates the front porch and fills out the planters.

It’s rare that 4/1 takes on a project that can just be filed under ‘curb appeal,’ but sometimes that’s all it takes to make the house perfect for the family inside.

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info@fouroverone.com   (919) 339-1411
Office Address: 1235 Berkeley Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 355, Durham NC, 27702

What a Difference (Decent) Windows Make…

I’ve been waiting to see how this project on Club Boulevard was turning out for a while, and just got a chance to walk the house with the contractor and homeowner earlier this week.  The house is a lovely 1910’s Craftsman that had been added onto in some odd ways over the past 40 years, and our mission was to make the rear enclosed porches and additions more useful, add a screened porch, and unify the exterior.

Someone in the 1980s added a rear master bedroom on the second floor and a breakfast room off the kitchen without considering the existing roofline, original window pattern or proportion, or the exterior materials.  It made the new pieces feel very pasted onto the original house, and brought lots of attention to the unbalanced rear facade.

South Facade

The rear of the house before renovation. The previous work to the house reused a few of the original windows (on the left) and used 1/1 windows in the rest that were wider and shorter than most of the original windows.

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The new rear facade has a single roofline connecting the breakfast nook, screened porch, and mudroom, which balances the asymmetrical rear gable. New, taller windows that match the originals replaced the 1/1 units, and cedar shake pulls together the exterior.

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The original house, visible under the hipped roof to the left, has plain wood weatherboard on the first story and cedar shake on the second.

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The mudroom’s addition on the left and the screened porch on the right are connected by a single hipped roof with exposed eaves, matching the original house.

Riverbank Construction, a pleasure to work with as always, has a few pieces to wrap up before it’s all said and done. I’m looking forward to seeing the final details in place and taking photos of the rest of the project in the next couple of weeks.  It’s one that will be featured in the portfolio to be sure!

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info@fouroverone.com   (919) 339-1411
Office Address: 1235 Berkeley Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 355, Durham NC, 27702

Office Cottage

Last fall, I was contacted by a lovely couple in Old North Durham with a 1920s bungalow.  He needed to get his office out of the enclosed porch at the back of their home and to someplace with a little more elbow room, and while they were at it, maybe a guest house would make sense.  And maybe some storage too? So the Office Cottage began.  We worked with the details on the main house, including the crossed gables and nine-over-one windows, and then added a few interior bits of fun like a high ceiling and bungalow-style colonnade for storage.  Off the back, with the entrance well-hidden, is a large shed space for all their gardening, biking, and outside storage needs.

 

The whole process was a new challenge for 4/1, in that it is the first free-standing, all-together new structure that I’ve designed.  That said, given the reference point of the existing house to jump from, it was a pleasure to solve the puzzles.  The homeowners still need to wrap up painting on the inside before it’ll be ready for its closeup, but until then here’s a little peek into the interior:

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info@fouroverone.com   (919) 339-1411
Office Address: 1235 Berkeley Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 355, Durham NC, 27702

Cleveland Street, You’re Up!

I just measured a new project this week, one that I can’t wait to get started on: a giant, lovely house on Cleveland Street that has been a boarding house for who knows how long.  It’s remarkable in many ways, including its age, size, and siting.  But what really has me all wound up is the original architectural detail that has survived with so little damage all these years.  The folks who were living here were not taking particularly good care of themselves or their things, and yet they did not hurt the tile, the mantles, the crazy staircase… you get the feeling that the house did its best to take care of them, and they the house.

The new owners have been clearing out garbage and doing some light demolition since I was last there, and have reported some pocket doors still tucked into walls and crazy hidden closets – so I’m sure there will be other discoveries.  But until then:

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info@fouroverone.com   (919) 339-1411
Office Address: 1235 Berkeley Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 355, Durham NC, 27702