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A Dream Home with a Dream View

Nancy Mead had always dreamed of updating her Lake Wylie home to mirror a traditional Northeastern Adirondack style. So, when she decided to make the dream a reality, she knew she needed a good general contractor who cared about the details as much as she did.

Mead knew all about renovations. Previously, she owned and renovated a 100-plus-year-old home in Baltimore. “I could tell you some horror stories, so I knew what I wanted in a remodeling company,” Mead says. Their Lake Wylie house had tiny windows facing the lake and inside it looked like “That 70s Show” according to Mead. Her goal was to take advantage of the beautiful view that looked out to the main channel of Lake Wylie.

Mead selected The McAllister Group in Charlotte.

“What set The McAllister Group apart from the others was that they came out and really studied the job—the bid was very detailed and the quote was right on budget. They allowed my input into the project, too,” Mead says.

The project originally consisted of adding an exercise room and living room, and updating a deck and screened porch. The exercise room soon turned into a master bathroom suite complete with heated tile floors, soak-in garden tub and steam shower. Since it was accessible to the outside Jacuzzi, her designer added a dressing area and plenty of storage. Mead also added a screened porch, third-story observation area, pool house and a deck. “I wanted lots of levels and doors to access the house and be able to see the lake,” adds Mead.

“I had a lot of changes to the original plan and since The McAllister Group was very involved early on and accurately priced the job, many of the changes were easy to do and we could reallocate the dollars,” says Mead. The time spent upfront with The McAllister Group allowed Nancy to look at other options and compare prices.

“In all, we added about 900-square feet of heated space to the existing house and changed the overall flow so that Nancy could maximize the beautiful setting with her lake front home,” says Larry McAllister.

In addition to maximizing the views, it was equally important to find a general contractor Mead felt comfortable working with. “Getting comfortable and trusting your contractor makes a difference,” says McAllister. Mead agrees adding that she was “living” with the sub contractors during the day. “It’s not like new construction—you’re there during the day and you have to trust them in your house even when you’re not!” says Mead.

“When you’re hiring a contractor, you’re hiring their sub contractors too. The McAllister Group has some of the best working for them,” says Mead. “They will not let it go until it’s right. Their reputation is important to them,” says Mead.

Mead felt so confident with how the job was progressing, she went ahead and had The McAllister Group re-side the entire house and boat house with cedar shakes—a project she was saving for later. “Typically we do remodeling jobs in Myers Park, Eastover and old Charlotte, but this one just seemed fun and we knew the architect. Nancy was very easy to work with,” says McAllister.

And the result? The Meads are thrilled with the work. She said the biggest problem was when her cat got stuck in the HVAC ducts. “They rescued our old house and our cat. I just can’t say enough great things about The McAllister Group.”

The McAllister Group is an award-winning general contractor in Charlotte. They can be reached at 704-333-1644.

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