Building styles in Charlotte have changed dramatically in the past 24 months.
The traditional, red brick colonial has been traded in for a more contemporary design style. Even renovations of existing homes in the Queen City are reflecting this architectural swing.
The True residence in the fashionable Southpark area is a new contemporary home situated on two-a-half wooded acres. Its architectural style represents the direction Charlotte’s abodes are heading. Wide open spaces, expanded kitchens and living areas, first floor master suites, lots of floor to ceiling glass, wood and stone exteriors, three car garages and as much outdoor living space as in.
Bringing together a team of Charlotte professionals and craftspeople to execute this unique style was a challenging task. The footprint of this house, and how it fit onto this beautiful pristine lot was as important as the blueprints themselves. Each feature of this home had to be custom designed and fabricated. Making every day an adventure for the team. Stretching their talents, creativity and ingenuity.
The lingering drive through the woods opens onto a major size motor court paved with a combination of white gravel and Pavestone pavers in a Chicago gray textured surface. I instantly realize this is an exciting house.
The exterior of the house as well as interior features used two different types of white limestone from a stone quarry outside of Austin, Texas. Southern grown cypress was conjoined with the white stone as siding, large expansive overhanging roof sections and beams.
Cypress was the perfect choice for numerous reasons. It is rot and insect resistance and its natural golden hue is warm and rich. Cypress was used on the expansive terrace ceiling planks supported by 12” thick cypress beams running throughout the first and second floor. Each of the first-floor rooms feature unique ceiling treatments, many of which incorporated cypress planks. The kitchen island surround was also accented with cypress.
Proper lot placement was imperative due to the expansive use of glass throughout the home and garages. Floor to ceiling windows frame the beauty of nature and well placed “view” corridors throughout the house highlight art and landscaping details.
Extreme care was taken by the entire team to make sure trees were not unnecessarily removed. True was adamant that the natural beauty of the property was not sacrificed.
Ten foot, double glass doors lead into the foyer. It’s barrel ceiling featuring metallic pearl glaze blends beautifully with the white limestone walls that dissect though the center of the home. Floor to ceiling glass exposes one of several view corridors in the home. This view reveals the plant filled courtyard and a bright blue garden sculpture by Paul Veto and Dana Gingras.
Progress Lighting worked with the design and construction team to provide the perfect fixtures for both task and decorative applications. Interior chandeliers, wall sconces, LED cans and special lighting to accent the original art and stone columns throughout the house blended together beautifully. Eaton worked with the electrician to deliver electrical construction systems and decorative switches.
Flat contemporary roofs don’t allow for traditional attic storage space. So, throughout the design process the team was creative in finding storage solutions. The natural choice is well designed quality cabinetry and closets.
Organized Living worked with the team to design custom closet systems for all the bedroom closets and MasterBrand cabinets were designed for the home. Both are known for their great storage solutions and special features.
MasterBrand has several different cabinet brands and price points making it the perfect choice for key and secondary areas. The Decora brand was elected for the kitchen and scullery areas. Three different colors, Blue Lagoon, Smokey Hills and Jet with a Twilight Glaze were incorporated within these spaces to add interest and full-bodied color.
Sub Zero appliances, Blanco granite sinks and faucets, plenty of counterspace, a big island and custom butcher block prep area make this gourmet kitchen a chef’s dream. A slab of walnut with a living edge, runs the entire length of the island and waterfalls to the floor. Top Knobs hardware adorned the kitchen, scullery and other MasterBrand cabinetry throughout the house.
The center of the home features a 2,500 bottle glass walled wine room with black stainless racking, a French inspired wall unit and Italian porcelain floor tiles from Florim. A zinc counter top for the wine room island was fabricated by Artistic Ironworks. The ceiling, walls and French wall unit were all faux finished by Jennifer Serrano, owner of Jenni Faux.
The wine room opens into a music room featuring a black baby grand piano, original ceiling mural by Serrano, colorful leather furniture from Italy and a Jonas Gerard painting that splashes color across the wall.
Soaring 14’ ceilings supported with cypress beams create an exciting living space. A contemporary corner fireplace is visible from all major living areas both inside and out. A 24’ glass window wall, slides into the walls providing full access to an expansive terrace featuring a custom fire pit and a rolling landscape created by David Hubbard, Growing Legacy.
A mountain inspired waterfall, designed and executed by Pondscapes, skirts the upper rim of the woodlands and circles behind an infinite spa. The waterfall terminates into an elevated fire bowl. A small vineyard occupies the upper lawn and attest to the owners’ love of wine.
The outdoor kitchen offers the home chef two cooking choices. A Wolf gas grill or a custom designed Gaucho wood burning adjustable grill. A Cypress beamed pergola covers the outdoor dining space. Just steps from the cooking area, a kitchen garden provides herbs and fresh veggies for the chef.
The Master suite is separated from the foyer by a massive 3” thick walnut slab barn door. True selected the tree in South Carolina and had it milled for the door and kitchen island. As the door slides back another view corridor of the side yard is revealed. A custom mosaic floor mural targets the view.
The home is filled with special accents selected by the owner to highland each unique room. In the Master Bath, a large slab of marble enhances the shower wall. Plumbing fixtures by Danze and Gerber include a rain head shower, two spray heads and double sinks. Multi-layered decorative paint finishes were designed to accent the stone slab. Master suite finished created by Serrano.
The Master Bedroom is surrounded with floor to ceiling glass windows. An inset stone wall is highlighted by hand painted branches in gold. The ceiling is decorated with three individual dropped panels, lighting and decorative paint. Italian high gloss furniture keeps the room sleek and reflects light from all directions. Motor driven shades can be lowered to create a dark secluded sleeping environment.
True wanted a spectacular powder bathroom. One that would provide an artful experience for his guest. He commissioned Serrano to create a geo inspired acrylic painting in vivid blues, silvers and golds for the wall ending at a floating walnut vanity and hand hammered silver vessel sink. The room was accented with a brass galaxy star inspired chandelier by Progress Lighting.
A floating staircase of walnut slab steps, stainless steel and glass lead to the second floor. A gym with full bath and rubber shock-absorbing floor provide a great workout space for a busy homeowner. Two more bedrooms, one with a balcony and a Jack and Jill bath complete the second-floor spaces.
A three-car garage with a fresh new contemporary profile provided space for parking three cars and additional wine storage in a controlled space. Stairs lead to a second-floor storage room. Design forward glass and metal garage doors by Haas were the perfect choice for a contemporary garage. The frosted glass doors flood the garage with natural daylight during the day. When back lite at night, they create the perfect balance between design and function.
As the project coordinate and designer for the project it was a two year passion project. When I first started to work with True we were designing a bachelor’s dream home. As the project progressed Bill met his love, Stephanie. The house will become a family home and be the backdrop for their June wedding. Together the team truly built one of Charlotte’s premiere contemporary homes with love and style.
The True Team
Project Manager and Designer
Vicki Payne Donatelli
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Cypress Manufacturers Association
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
Eaton Wiring Devices
Danze by Gerber Plumbing
Top Knobs Hardware
Blanco Sinks and Faucets
Haas Garage Doors
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Organized Living Closet Systems