Raleigh Custom Builder’s Exacting Detail Elevates The Level Of Craftsmanship In This Cary, NC Classical European Styled Home

Posted on | January 31, 2017 | No Comments

Sometimes, the details that make a home special fall into place throughout the building process. Other times, details are the inspiration around which a home is built. Scott Daves, owner of Scott Daves Construction in Raleigh, is known for his thorough attention to detail and his exacting, yet highly creative craftsmanship, making him the perfect professional for today’s featured home – a custom build in which the homeowner’s unique and very personal vision became wonderfully real. Scott kindly shared his take on the project with North Carolina Design.

Images Courtesy of Scott Daves Construction ©

The home was located in an older Cary community, and was a total teardown. The owners were empty nesters who wanted the house to both fit their current lifestyle and look to their future. Scott gave them first floor main living spaces, an aging-in-place design, multiple entertaining spaces, a downstairs billiard and gaming room, and space for visiting children and grandchildren. But he also gave them something more – a home full of deeply personal touches that fit the couple perfectly and made it theirs.

An immense amount of thought and planning went into achieving the homeowners’ dreams. “We planned for 1 ½ years before we ever got started,“ affirms Scott. “We worked with plan designer Gary Murphy, of Murphy Garnow Design Group, for 6 to 8 months. He was excellent – so instrumental in shaping ideas. We created four different versions of the design before we were able to massage into something exactly right.”

One of the most important things to the homeowners was a spectacular view. “There is a 180 degree view of the water from the back of house,” notes Scott. “You can see it from the family room, the office, the kitchen, the master bedroom, and two porches.” Another essential: a classical, symmetrical, European style façade. “The entire front of house is stone, with a classical elevation and perfectly symmetrical sides. There are also great European inspired details, like swoop roof flares, a Juliet balcony, and arched dormers.”

The focus on distinctive details continues within the home. A peek through a beautiful barrel arch just to the left of the entrance reveals the formal dining room, which was designed around the homeowners’ treasured antique Chinese screen. Then there’s the cherry office –Scott’s personal favorite. “It’s very special,” he reflects. “There’s so much exceptional woodwork and attention to detail. The built ins are meticulously designed and crafted. And the room was specifically sized to fit a prized antique Persian rug in the perimeter.”

Everywhere you look in this home there’s something wonderful to appreciate, from the numerous custom built ins, to the exquisite custom fireplace mantles and surrounds, to the gracious paneled kitchen. The floor is character grade hardwood, which offers a rich and organic look. The range hood in the kitchen is crafted from wood rather than stainless steel. The wine cellar door is solid mahogany, with a wrought iron over glass inset. In the dining room, the windows resemble doors to preserve the home’s aesthetic.

Moving outward onto the screened in back porch, the perfect lake view and the impressive natural stone fireplace are the immediate attention grabbers. But, once again, details that take things to another level. “The mantle is a hand hewn, western cedar timber beam, with an axe chip in it on each side,” Scott tells us. “The ceiling is bead board pine, which really makes the space feel cozy and warm.  The homeowners love to have coffee out here and watch eagles swoop down over the lake.”

This home was a project after Scott’s own heart. “I love working with wood,” he says. “It was really great to use nice wood and create all of this rich detail, and to have a client who really wanted and appreciated that. It’s always gratifying to see clients get excited as they watch their dream come to life, especially for a home that’s so personal and specific to them. This home was exactly what they wanted and how they wanted it, and I couldn’t be happier about that.”

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