Greensboro Remodeler & Builder Seamlessly Blends Old And New With The Renovation of A 1930′s Sunset Hills Home

Posted on | March 22, 2016 | No Comments

Our homes are reflective of what matters most to us, and Kevin Jones of Kevin Jones Design-Build in Greensboro is adept at translating the unique priorities and desires of his clients into beautiful and functional living spaces. Recently, the Greensboro remodeler and builder applied his considerable skills toward the renovation of a 1930′s home, located in the historic Sunset Hills neighborhood. Recently, Kevin shared with North Carolina Design how the home, while beautiful and charming, lacked some of the function, size and storage that a modern lifestyle requires. In addition, the homeowners had a very specific aesthetic in mind for their home.

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Kevin had worked with the homeowners before, renovating their master bedroom and their existing sunroom. “Those projects really turned out well,” he recalls. “We were able to work within the style of the home, and within the tight space constraints. We added in some really high-concept elements to address their storage needs. Eventually they approached us with a new idea for a renovation. They really felt confident that we could give them exactly what they were looking for.”

What the homeowners wanted this time was an additional living space that would work well for guests, or for older in laws who might move in in the future. “The house was been small, but the lot was really large,” he explains. “We were able to build out the back and create a master suite with really beautiful garden views.” Kevin also gave them a spectacular master bath, a cozy master sitting room and a large walk-in closet, complete with custom built-ins and a laundry area.

The new master is a standalone, which makes it private and comfortable. However, it’s still connected to the main house, so anyone staying or living there can still feel part of things. “The master sitting room connects the new and old entry points of the house, and creates a buffer between the two. It’s a very cozy and den-like space, with really comfortable furniture. There’s no TV – it’s just a great place to hang out and build a puzzle, or relax with a book.”

To accommodate anyone who might have mobility issues, the master, bath and sitting room are all on one level. However, the addition does have a second floor. “We had planned to use that space for storage until we realized that it would make a great den,” notes Kevin. “It turned out really well – it’s secluded, and it has a triple window and a skylight that overlook the backyard. It feels like a tree house. The homeowners’ 13-year-old son loves to hang out there with his friends.”

Light and space were of premium importance in this addition. “The homeowners didn’t want anything that felt dark or small,” Kevin affirms. “The master suite has 22 foot ceilings, and it feels so spacious. There are large windows, transom windows, and skylights everywhere, so the whole space is just flooded with light.”

When it comes to style, Kevin achieved a balance between adding a fresh, contemporary feel and classic, rustic charm. “The homeowners had incredible taste,” he tells us. “I just made sure what we did was an extension of what they had already done. The addition was a play off of the existing house, with the brick, the copper gutters, and the large, European-style windows. Then you have these great charming touches, like the bedroom floor color, which looks original, and those amazing sliding barn doors.”

Kevin’s favorite part of the addition was the master bath. “It was unlike any we’ve ever done,” he reflects. “You have the huge, zero entry roll in shower with floor to ceiling windows, so that you feel like you’re showering outside (there’s an identical outdoor shower as well). You have these fun, funky plank tiles that resemble distressed wood, and this exquisite reclaimed wood, which was custom finished by Nathan Wainscott – an incredible artisan. I think the bathroom is really a good reflection of the homeowners’ overall desire to be surrounded by beauty, nature, and light.”

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