Located in one of Charlotte’s historic districts this 1926 residence was purchased in 1996 and has undergone an extensive interior renovation, second level addition and kitchen expansion, as well as a detached woodworker’s shop. While the exterior adheres to Historic District guidelines the Asheville architect has interpreted the requirements to allow expressive window groupings that, while not found on earlier structures, both provides a more contemporary imagery and fills the interior with an abundance of natural light.
The interior has been opened to reflect modern needs for continuous space, extensive views/natural light, and a minimized barrier between interior and exterior. Contemporary detailing includes an open stairwell with oak slab steps, raw steel and cherry railing plus exposed rafters and wood plank ceiling to strengthen the definition of the 2-story space and an exposed wood and rafter ceiling. In addition a child’s bedroom extends into the space complete with shuttered openings that increase communication and allow cross-views to a mature ginko tree at the street edge.
The kitchen / family room now works as a single unit with contemporary matched-grain cabinets, composite stone countertops and a concrete countertop at the sink area, with integrated concrete vessel. A raised wood ceiling over the sink area accents the importance of this location while north-facing skylights provide ventilation and abundant diffused light.