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From Cell Phone to Home

When Michael and Elizabeth Hayes relocated to Charlotte, they aspired to live as close to Uptown as possible in order to enjoy the benefits of Charlotte’s recent urban development, unique neighborhoods, and active communities.

While driving down a quiet street in historic Dilworth on a routine search for “For Sale” signs, a small, modest bungalow caught Michael’s eye.

“The brick, wood siding, and roof were all the same color – tan,” laughs Michael. He snapped a picture with his cell phone and sent it to Elizabeth. She quickly text messaged him back, “Are you kidding?”

Knowing the location was perfect, Michael was persistent. When he walked through the interior, he noted the homes’ true potential, “It had so many original features – original pine floors, window panes, mantles and pocket doors,” he explains, “Even the wood trimming was original, although covered by countless reapplications of paint.”

The couple bought the home, moved in and made it livable, but the lack of storage and space prompted the need for more drastic measures. By working with Insight Architects, the 1,350-square-feet home was designed to be expanded to include a finished basement level, expansion on the main floor, and a second story.

The Hayes’ then chose The McAllister Group as their General Contractor. “The responsiveness and solid reputation of The McAllister Group convinced us that they were right for our project,” says Michael.

The McAllister Group is one of the top renovation firms in Charlotte, known for their high standards and their ability to meet client expectations. Larry McAllister, of The McAllister Group, personally oversees each step of the process.

For the Hayes’ house, the process included restoring the home’s original features and seamlessly integrating the new addition with the original parts of the home. Pine flooring was used throughout the house to match the original and the home’s 100-year-old mantle was restored. Carpenters custom milled the wood trimming to match the ornate, original woodwork and restored original sashes while preserving the antique glass.

“The McAllister Group took a lot of care with the project, down to the smallest detail,” says Michael. “Their staff are all professionals and showed amazing respect for our neighbors.”

Michael says that he and Elizabeth were impressed with The McAllister Group’s commitment to preserving the home’s original features. When it was discovered that part of the hardware was missing from the home’s turn-of-the century pocket doors, a specialty carpenter was hired by The McAllister Group to custom construct a solution for the nine-foot-tall doors, weighing approximately 250 lbs. each. “The doors work perfectly,” says Michael. “They slide effortlessly.”

“The McAllister Group met our expectations and the extremely aggressive timeline,” says Michael. “I would recommend them to a friend.”

Urban Home Magazine, October, November, December 2006

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