Rural Retreat

Originally built by the Homeowner’s father in 1939, this secluded residence was in need of a thorough renovation. Despite receiving a small second floor addition in the mid-1980′s, the residence proved too small for the Homeowner’s growing family and that’s where Wyanoke Builders stepped in.

The Wyanoke Builders team designed and executed a gut renovation of the existing structure and built new additions on both the first and second floors. To improve the look and thermal performance of the new house, Andersen windows and Marvin doors were installed, a new Liberty roof applied and the entirety of the structure (floors, walls and ceilings) was insulated with Icynene spray-foam. In order to maintain the unique and rustic style of the house as first envisioned by the Homeowner’s father, the exterior of both the old and new portions of the house were clad with a custom-milled cedar novelty siding.

To backup the robust 200A electrical service and new wiring infrastructure, a Generac standby generator was installed, ensuring uninterrupted enjoyment of the house. To further enhance the year-round use of the house, an Amana two-zone heating and cooling system was installed featuring a state-of-the-art Honeywell Red-Link System which enables the Homeowner to monitor and control the system remotely from their iPhone. A new septic tank and drainage field were also installed to ensure proper operation of the four newly renovated bathrooms.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the renovation was the “great room,” a wide open space that houses the kitchen, dining room, and living room – all situated around a custom-built fireplace and stone hearth. Located directly off the great room overlooking the front yard and new pool, we built a new deck constructed entirely of Ipé, a highly weather-resistant exotic wood from Brazil.

Flooring throughout the living spaces and bedrooms is a mix of solid red oak and engineered Amendoim floors, whereas the bathrooms were outfitted with mosaic marble, glass and slate tiles from Complete Tile and Standard Tile and fixtures from Americh, Wet Style, Kohler and Toto.

The kitchen, which features appliances from KitchenAid and Bosch and light fixtures from Y-Lighting and Lumens, was outfitted with hand-built cabinets by Plain & Fancy and topped off with iceberg blue quartzite and pietra cardosa slabs from Dente Trading and ABC Worldwide Stone.