New possibilities for old spaces

04/21/2012 8:00 AM

04/20/2012 4:16 PM

"Can you help our home?” said Cynthia Goode, as she referred to the outside of her 1940s home. “I like where I live but the house looks like a duplex. Can you do anything to help it?”

Barry Corbett, president of Corbett Construction Co. Inc. recalled his first meeting with Goode,“As a builder and remodeler, I also design, so I am able to open up a realm of possibilities. There were a few areas inside her home that she wanted to address but the exterior is where she began.

This remodel at 3302 Clark Avenue in Raleigh, is just one of the projects featured in the 12th Annual Remodelers Home Tour taking place on Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 1 to 5 p.m. “Ultimately, function is what drives everything in a remodel.” said Corbett, who like many remodelers, uses creativity to see what a lot of home owners cannot when it comes to redesigning their home. “We transformed the exterior giving it a fresh new look that still blended in with the existing neighborhood.”

Twenty homeowners have granted access for one weekend to allow visitors an opportunity to see their amazing home remodels. The free tour, featuring the best remodel projects around Wake County is sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises and The News & Observer.

“The most important part of a successful remodeling project is hiring the right professional,” said Cathy Baker, owner of TrendMark Inc., and a remodeler featured in the tour. “The tour allows anyone to visit a completed project, see the design and products used first hand, as well as discuss the project with a remodeler.”

Some of the highlights for this year’s tour include a modernist renovation, a green renovation and two historic renovations.

For one of the historic renovations, Leland Builders worked alongside designer, G. Marie Designs, to restore a century-old house back to its original glory for the homeowners.

“For me, historic renovations become a creative project as they offer a different set of challenges,” commented Lee Williams, owner of Leland Builders. “You can take an old uninhabitable house and make it a livable home for your family and everyday life.”

For his project in Apex, Williams merged new design features with the original charm of the home. He also salvaged as much as possible during the renovation.

"The home had lots of great architectural details,” Williams said. “For items such as decorative trim and doors that could not be salvaged, we hand-made those onsite.”

The homeowners are currently in the application process to have the home designated on the historic register.

At each location on the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a new iPad, courtesy of Builders Mutual Insurance Company. The tour is hosted by the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA).

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