2022 Master Design Awards: Whole House More Than $700,000 — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Alair Homes Lake Norman

Davidson, N.C.

Location: Davidson, N.C. | Square Footage Before: 1,734
Square Footage After: 3,998

The architect and owner wanted to convert this 1,734 square foot ranch home built in 1973, into their dream modern farmhouse with plenty of space for their family of 5 and 2 dogs. The original home was, in true 70’s fashion, very closed off by many walls and very dated. The kitchen was small in size for this family of 5 and did not make meal prep or serving easy. They kept to their unique style during the renovation by merging the new modern style and some vintage features from the original home. They incorporated some of the authentic 1970’s architectural features such as reclaimed wood beams, open rafters, mantles and even included 100 year old pine planks from a nearby mill. While making a statement with their renovated home, they still were able to maintain the privacy of their wooded and secluded lot.

One challenge they faced was creating tongue and groove wood flooring from 100 year old 4″ thick reclaimed pine planks, on top of navigating the flow of construction during the most volatile time in construction history. They had one of their cabinet makers locate and remove all the nails, cut the wood to the correct thickness and width, and mill the tongue and grooves to create the flooring for the living room and master bedroom. 

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