From Standard To Stately
This project is located in the Regency Area of Cary, nestled in a wooded lot on a cul-de-sac. The existing home was replete with many standard home features. The clients wanted to transform the main level of the home into an open plan with a large kitchen, grand entry foyer, and a butler’s pantry. The addition expanded the footprint by only 250sf but dramatically changed the look and feel of the home. Improved spatial flow, a distinctive sculptural stair, grand archways, custom woodwork, and backlight countertops are integrated seamlessly into the framework of the original home. The expanded kitchen is both welcoming and functional with a strong connection to the outdoors. Existing windows were replaced with new glass doors units and transom windows above. The Great Room captivates the space with a re-designed fireplace which has a backlit onyx surround framing a traditional gas fireplace. The two story Great Room wall was opened up with an elegantly curving railing, Juliet balcony, and staircase. The curvature of the stair becomes a focal point from 4 spaces as the curve cascades in multiple dimensions. The new Great Room door units open to large deck which gently terraces to a lower deck and patio level.
The architect’s vision and creativity took this home from standard to stately. She focused on creating a dynamic spatial experience, taking the eye from one focal point to the next. By using a play of light, form, material, and juxtaposition, she created a series of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artistic compositions strategically placed throughout the space. Common home elements, like staircases and roof slopes, were elevated into artistic sculptural pieces, reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s work.