Before & After – Quail Hollow Custom Home Renovation

Posted on | June 19, 2012 | 11 Comments

A few weeks ago, on Memorial Day, Charlotte area builder and remodeler, Michael McMillan of MCM-McMillan Construction Management shared a moving story with us concerning the construction of the Veteran’s Monument for the town of Cornelius. A commercial and residential contractor – and also a local veteran – this project was indeed special to Michael. Today we complete our interview with Michael as he details a residential renovation he recently completed in the Quail Hollow Country Club area. This home was quite beautiful, and had great bones, yet it was in serious need of an update. In this “Before & After,” Michael offers an insider’s perspective on the project.

Images Courtesy of MCM McMillan Construction Management

NCD: What were some of the issues with the house before the renovation?
MM: The house was built in the1980’s, and was somewhat compartmentalized and dated. The client wanted a more contemporary, open and friendly interior living space, a more functional and open kitchen and a great outdoor living space. Quail Hollow is an exclusive, high-end market, so the house needed additional amenities and adjustments to meet that market.

NCD: What was your main focus during this project?
MM: Satisfying the client was our main priority. Our team worked hard to meet the client’s expectations while also creating a very custom feel. We preserved the traditional style of the home, adding the contemporary touches that the homeowner wanted. We remained respectful of our client’s budget, which meant that we were mindful of costs. Additionally, we repurposed elements, such as light fixtures, whenever possible to save money, and we maintained transparency throughout the project.

NCD: What were some of the more dramatic changes you made?
MM: We doubled the size of the kitchen – the heart of the home – adding a long island with extra seating to give it greater potential as a gathering place. We modernized the bathroom and made it more open. We also added 700 square feet of living space to the attic, converting it into a family theater room with an attached full bathroom. We also leveled the backyard, adding irrigation and landscaping and installing an amazing custom hardwood tarapo deck. The backyard was the homeowner’s own vision, and it was great to help make that a reality for him.

Images Courtesy of MCM McMillan Construction Management

NCD: What was your favorite part of this project?
MM: I most enjoyed collaborating with the building designer on the architectural plans. Kevin Holdridge of KDH Residential Designs is an incredibly talented residential designer. I believe in working laterally with partners on projects and having fun with the process – and Kevin was wonderful to work with. He had a great plan for this house, and in the end, I’m just really happy that I was able to successfully bring his vision to life.

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11 Responses to “Before & After – Quail Hollow Custom Home Renovation”

  1. Dustin Peck
    June 19th, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

    What a great renovation. I would love to photograph this project!

  2. Kevin Holdridge
    June 19th, 2012 @ 6:21 PM

    That was a great project! It was really fun to update an old formal house for the client and it was great to work with you during the construction process. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Liz Hughes
    June 19th, 2012 @ 7:28 PM

    Kevin -

    Hats off to both of you on a great job! Obviously this was not the first time you and Michael have teamed up… a great collaborative effort.


  4. Rachael
    June 19th, 2012 @ 7:33 PM

    Wow, What an amazing job!

  5. Liz Hughes
    June 20th, 2012 @ 5:01 AM

    Don’t you just love a good “Before & After?” You get to see just how far the transformation has gone!

  6. Ellen
    June 20th, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

    I instantly recognized the floor plan as having been one that a dear friend and her husband built in 1986, same neighborhood I suspect. What a fabulous job Michael and his team did here!….smiles all around…..

  7. Liz Hughes
    June 20th, 2012 @ 1:54 PM

    Ellen ~ I am sure that Michael puts smiles on the faces of his clients on a regular basis. I love how the kitchen entry to the living room is opened up now… as well as the other arched entry to the room. Simply wonderful work on the part of MCM McMillan Construction and great architectural design from the residential designer, KDH Residential Designs.


  8. Cynthia
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

    Wow! What an amazing job! It opened up and brightened up so beautifully! This shows that with good “bones”, IMAGINATION and great craftsmanship an outdated house can be transformed into a gorgeous DREAM HOME!

  9. Liz Hughes
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 5:48 PM

    I totally agree with you Cynthia. Thanks for your comments!

  10. Nikki
    August 27th, 2012 @ 6:02 PM

    I just love all the natural lighting in these rooms! Who wouldn’t want to live there?!

  11. Veni
    March 23rd, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

    Great job!

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