2019 Finalist: Historic Renovation Concept

2019 Finalist: Historic Renovation Concept
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The homeowners of this Plaza Midwood cottage fell in love with its history, and we love how they respected that but also brought in more playful, fresh elements to fit their own style.

Homeowners: Justin and Lauren Agans

The home: ~2,800 square feet

Style in 3 words: Welcoming, Relaxed, effortless

Biggest splurge and/or best investment: The biggest investment was gutting full portions of home — including the kitchen and the bathrooms — while keeping the integrity of those spaces. Like most historical homes, the home started with lots of small rooms and walls had to come down to create an open floor plan. The House of Nomads’s investment stand-out is the kitchen, which was once a number of rooms coated in red counter tops — turned into an airy, bright and chef-worthy space.

“Originally built in 1946 by Charlotte’s historic Judge McMillan and his wife, this project was a full-house design by House of Nomad (HON). McMillan’s best known for desegregating busing in Charlotte and a significant amount of lawyers relocated to the Queen City just to work with him. While a lot of people would have torn this house down and started fresh, our clients purchased this home specifically with the history in mind and HON worked with them tirelessly to preserve the historic details. What evolved was a relaxed, modern home that included original fireplaces, unique brickwork and HON’s favorite — the original spiral staircase.” – HON

Home of the Year historic renovation orginal stairs

Home of the Year historic renovation bar

Home of the Year historic renovation kitchen

Home of the Year historic renovation kitchen 1

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Home of the Year historic renovation swing

“The swinging chair (is our favorite)! Justin tells anyone who will listen that he was against the idea, and now it’s his favorite spot. We love it! And it’s a perfect space in between the kitchen and living room. One of us is usually sitting there while the other is in the kitchen.” — Lauren Agans

Home of the Year historic renovation living room

Home of the Year historic renovation book case  Home of the Year historic renovation dining room

Home of the Year historic renovation bedroom

Contributors: Randy Podosek, Podosek Construction and House of Nomad (@houseofnomad).

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Photos by Laura Sumrak

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