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The Elizabeth Community in Charlotte, a historic district about one mile from Uptown, will showcase five homes, an artist’s studio, and  several outstanding gardens and landscaped areas, during it’s annual Home Tour in October.

Who: The Elizabeth Community Association

What: Annual Home and Garden Tour

When: Saturday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Sunday, October 3, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The historic Elizabeth Community

Tickets: $12.00 in advance at Elizabeth neighborhood businesses;

$15.00 on tour days at the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs,

1820 East 7th St.

Details: The showcased homes, studio, and landscaped areas are:

-Julie Chavez and Scott Kaysen, East 8th St., home and garden

-Diana and Reid Watson, Kenmore Ave., home and garden

-Heather and Gus Obleada, Clement Ave., home

-Paige McThenia and Jon Adams, East 8th St., home & garden

-Kristan and Ken Magas, East 5th St., home

-Kris and Ric Solow, East 5th St., garden and studio

-Leesa and Jim Clardy, East 5th St., garden

Tammy and Mark Hermann, East 5th St., garden

Elaine and Jerry Tylman, Kenmore Ave., outdoor areas

The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 East 7th St., and Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, 501 Hawthorne Lane, will complete the tour offerings. The Council house will be decorated with arrangements crafted from flowers and greenery readily available in Charlotte. Club members will be on site to answer gardening questions.

Maya Packard, tour chairperson,

Charlotte, NC – September 15, 2010

The 21st Century Building Expo and Conference was kicked off in style Wednesday evening with “An Evening in Venice” themed awards gala.  The STARS Awards, sponsored by the North Carolina Home Builders Association, were held Wednesday evening at the Hilton Charlotte Center City in downtown Charlotte.  Members of the local Home Builders Associations from across the state gathered to honor deserving recipients for their achievements in the last year.  There were awards for marketing, sales, merchandising, architecture, and special projects.

Zar Custom Homes, Inc., from Charlotte, was awarded the STARS award for the category “Best Single Family Detached Home with a sales price over $1Million between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet”.  Zar Custom Homes is a member of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association and the Charlotte Home Builders Association and builds in the Charlotte Metropolitan area in both NC and SC.

The overwhelming theme of the evening was “only the strong survive” as the group was continually congratulated for surviving in the current economy.  Zar Custom Homes has survived the tough economy in the last several years due to diversity, continued advertising, hard work, and customer referrals.  They are currently building new homes in Baxter Village of Fort Mill, SC and in Albemarle, NC.  Zar also builds in River Run, Providence Downs South, Lake James, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, or on any customer’s home site.

Zar Custom Homes is a full service custom home builder and remodeler located in Charlotte North Carolina. An award winning custom home builder, they specialize in custom homes, new homes, renovations, additions, outdoor projects, pools, etc. For additional information on Zar Custom Homes, call 704-843-8447 or visit our website at

The Design Center offers a completely different kind of window and door shopping experience in a
stylish, interactive setting

The Design Center, a completely new interactive retail concept offering windows, doors, garage doors and professional installation services is now open in the Ballantyne area. Featuring a full lineup of products and services from JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable windows and doors, The Design Center is geared toward homeowners who are replacing or remodeling and are seeking a full-service experience complete with installation. “We are here to solve many of the challenges that homeowners have faced in the past when upgrading windows and doors,” said Amy Zimmerman, The Design Center marketing manager.

Customers can browse through six individual product stations to see and learn about an array of full-size wood and vinyl window frames and styles, glass samples, decorative options, as well as interior doors, wood, fiberglass and steel exterior doors, and garage doors. They can also get a head start on seeing what their house will look like with new windows and doors. Prior to a consultative appointment, homeowners can upload a photo at, then work with a consultant to digitally add new windows and doors for a sneak peek at how different colors and styles work on their house.

Location: Located in the Ballantyne area near Charlotte.

Address is 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707

Phone: 800-276-0411 and online at

Products: Wood and vinyl windows, interior doors, entry doors and garage door products

from JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable windows and doors.

Services: The Design Center offers creative consultation and design, ordering, delivery, installation and customer service.

Experience: Homeowners can experience a retail environment with interactive kiosks,

inviting layout, private consultation stations and product literature.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday

Modern bathroom designs involve an elegant simplicity that creates a mood of comfort and ease.  There are five major bath trends today that seem to be dominating the desired design aesthetic:

1. Longer and wider cabinetry-helps to elongate a small bathroom

2. Environmentally conscious products- these may include energy efficient products,etc.

3. Accessibility systems:  organizational systems are vital and allow for efficient storage of items

4. Counter-tops of differing heights:  accommodates people and guests of all heights and sizes

5.  Multiple sinks: allows for multiple people to be in a bathroom area at once, completing different tasks

For more information please visit

Bruehl is a German company who claims its inspiration from natural earth formations such as mountains, rivers etc. and gives them a unique and modern edge.  The Coupole sofa and arm chair pictured above are specifically inspired by mountain ranges and are available in both white and sky-blue colors.  The Morning Dew Chairs, also pictured above, were inspired by the delicate shape of the tulip and whose backs are meant to resemble their distinguishing petals. These chairs are available in vibrant rose, white and red-and-white plaid colors.  Designers recommend combining both the Coupole sofa and arm chair with the Morning Dew chairs to promote a funky and  cutting edge style!

For more information please visit

What man throws away, we recycle into a beautiful natural composite that is superior to natural stone.  If there are two rooms in your home conditions, it has to be the kitchen and bath.

When it comes to the bath, many consumers want to create a spa-like oasis, but the problem can be finding materials for surface areas that can withstand daily abuse, cleaning chemicals and soaps, yet still look luxurious.

Previously, the look and elegance found with marble was either cost prohibitive or not practical for the bath area, but now, a new product from Cosentino aims to bring style and durability to the bath…

Click here to view the entire artilce or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Stone Systems of NC.

For more information, visit or call Stone Systems of North Carolina at 704-238-1659.

It’s been a decade coming, but there’s good news if you’re looking for real stone for home accents in lieu of the man-made stone/pre-cast concrete of recent years that was more popular due to pricing and availability. The time is now to get the real thing – and often for less of an investment than faux stones.

“Real dimensional-cut limestone was specifi ed 20 years ago before it became so costly,” LC Lynch, owner of Stone by Lynch, says. “Homeowners locally started using pre-cast concrete made to look like real stone – sometimes delivering a real appearance and sometimes not because it’s concrete. Now dimension stones have returned to the marketplace due to more attractive scheduling and pricing…”

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Stone by Lynch, LLC, and Stonehenge Stone Supply, Inc.

For more information on Stone by Lynch, LLC, and Stonehenge Stone Supply, Inc., visit and, or email or stonebylynch@windstream. net. Locations are Stonehenge at 715 Oakridge Farm Hwy. 150, Mooresville, 704-799-0750, and 10535 Nations Ford Rd., 704-714-1588; and Stone by Lynch at 134 Plantation Drive, Mooresville, 704-663-4208.

Why would a well-established local business choose to change their name? In the case of Queen City Countertops, a name change was needed to better represent their expanded service offerings. They recently broadened their scope of services from countertops to include complete renovation services, becoming Queen City Kitchen and Bath.

They now offer turn-key kitchen and bath renovations and project management to act as a liaison between the various subcontractors that are involved in a kitchen or bath remodel.

“Because we run the entire project in-house, this ensures on-time delivery and high quality workmanship, alleviating unnecessary homeowner stress,” says Dee Grannan, their in-house kitchen and bath designer.

In business since 2003 and family-run, the attention to detail and personalized service has been a critical component to this businesses success and repeat business…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Queen City Kitchen and Bath .

For more information on Queen City Kitchen and Bath, call 704-296-0040 or visit their new showroom at 3015 Chamber Drive, or visit

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