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Additions & Renovations

Laurel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, NC

An iconic Greek Revival home on a majestic site, I’ve had the pleasure of working on Laurel Hill for 2 different owners. The house was originally built in the 1920’s. I designed the renovation for a prior client in 1988 and Leon Meyers, with L E Meyers Builders was the contractor and David Swanson was the Landscape architect. During that renovation, we mainly worked on the Kitchen / Family spaces and the Master Bedroom.

A few years ago the new owner approached me about doing a major renovation/addition to the house. He assembled the exact same team to work together again on the house. This time we started by demolishing an “unfortunate” carriage house that another owner had built. We built a new Carriage House and the new owners used it to live in for a short while, during part of the construction. Not only did we more than double the size of the house, it was taken down to studs on the interior, so the latest in insulation, mechanical, and technology aspects be incorporated. In the original rooms, the original paneling was saved and then reinstalled.

The grounds were totally redesigned and a new Pool and Pergola was added. Extensive landscaping was done to enhance the property as well.

While a massive undertaking, the goal was that the house stay true to its roots, and no one would realize that there was an “original” part and a “new” part – we wanted it to have a seamless and appropriate appearance.

The best words I could ever hear was when the client said, “This is the best house we’ve ever had.”