There’s No Place Like Home For This Raleigh Residential Designer And His Family

Posted on | May 19, 2015 | No Comments

There are houses whose grandeur and elegance immediately take your breath away. And then there are houses whose warmth, charm, and subtle beauty quietly draw you in. The Penelope Rose is one such a house. Raleigh Residential designer Tony Frazier, owner of Frazier Home Design, designed it as a forever home for his own family. However, it caught the attention of many as part of the Wake County Parade of Homes, where it was this past fall’s gold award winning home. North Carolina Design talked to Tony about the Penelope Rose, and his motivation for its distinctive design.

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Tony’s legacy is shaped by generations of people who loved being part of the building process. “My father ran a tile business, and my grandfather was a civil engineer,” he recounts. “I grew up around construction sites, and I found them inspiring,” Tony struck out on his own in the residential construction industry in 2007, and his blend of artistry, skill, and thoughtful, personal touches has brought him great success designing custom homes.

In spite of this success, Tony found being his own client quite difficult. “I learned through this project that it is far easier to for me to make decisions about someone else’s home than my own,” he says. “Because I’m in the industry, I know all the available possibilities and options. It was overwhelming to try to choose. There were so many aspects I wanted to incorporate, and it was a challenge to work them into one design.”

Even if the details took time to piece together, Tony did have a clear vision throughout that he worked hard to achieve. “My wife and I both have a real love for historic houses,” he says. “For the home’s exterior, I really wanted to recreate a classic Georgian architectural style. On the inside,we wanted to create a modern farmhouse – an airy, clean and bright space with a rustic feel.”

Tony’s overall goal was to create a cozy family home – a welcoming space that brought people together. “The house measures around 4,500 square feet, which is on the smaller side for this price point,” he notes. “For us, it was not about how much square footage you would get for the price. It was about investing in the details that gave a feeling of warmth and togetherness. I wanted people to see that you can have a million dollar home and have it be a welcoming, intimate space.”

Many details, in fact, work together to add character and life to this home. From the warm, golden hues of the hardwoods that run throughout the first floor, to the quaint farmhouse kitchen sink, to the beautifully detailed tung-and-groove ceiling in the family room, there is something to charm the eye at almost every turn. Meanwhile, cool colors, clean lines and contemporary fixtures and accents offer a clean and sophisticated element that elevates the space.

Tony purposefully created an open floor plan that would serve well as a gathering space. “The sunroom, kitchen, foyer and family room all connect and flow into one another, so even if you are entertaining lots of people, you still feel as though you are all together.”

One of Tony’s favorite spots in the house is the sunroom. With a quick close of the large sliding barn doors, it becomes a private space where he can relax alone or spend quality time with his wife and daughter. “We can enjoy the sunshine, or have dinner by the fire in the evening,” he reflects.

Tony sums up his feelings on his home beautifully. “It’s so important to have a space where you belong, and where you can slow down and share what’s best about life with the people you love. That’s what I set out to create for my family. I think I achieved my goal, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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