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Stone Man Home Creations are targeted to those who want a smaller home, maybe just 1000 square feet.  They want it to be totally unique, eco friendly, highly detailed, and contain strong stone design influences.  Can we help you…?  We would love to find our first customer.

We haven’t built a full stone house yet, but here are some pictures of home additions that we have done: www.stonemanrocks.com.

Stone Man Home Creations is in the planning phase.  I can’t wait to share our first project with you!

Imagine a different way of building the perfect home.  We have been working with stone for a long time, and can see a home built around stone features that are truly unique.

In one, a huge slab of stone forms a table, hearth, and center of the home.  In another, a stone arch forms the structure of the roof.

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, mpackard@carolina.rr.com

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 stonehengestone.com and stonebylynch.com, or email stone@stonehenge.com 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.


What if you could invest in something that can improve your home’s value while contributing to your physical and mental well being by creating a vacationing paradise in your own backyard? That is exactly what Mike Viruso added to his Huntersville home in 2006, recouping his investment when his home sold in April, even in today’s chaotic economy and real-estate market.

Mike can’t say enough good things about his decision to work with Pool by Design. Initially, the Viruso family added the pool upon seeing an Urban Home article highlighting former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis’ home and pool installed by Pool by Design.

“We were pleased in this market with our sale price,” Mike says. “There are homes in the Skybrook neighborhood that have been on the market two-plus years, including foreclosures and many other options. I truly believe our pool was the differentiator.”

The new owners from Chicago – Todd and Nicola Corrigan – completely agree. They wanted a home with a pool, and this one stunned them. “When it came time to look at area properties, one big goal was a pool,” Nicola says. “We knew the house must meet our criteria and we wanted to be swimming right away.” Now they are. Even on moving weekend, Nicola says they could not wait to swim, so they dropped the boxes and did…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Pool by Design.

For more information on Pool by Design visit www.poolbydesign.com or stop by 217 Fairwood Avenue. You can 704-333-7446 (704-3DESIGN).


As sure as there are more joggers on your street with the (finally)–warmer weather, it won’t be long before you’ll want to venture outdoors to relax and dine with family and friends. Savvy homeowners are planning ahead to get their homes transformed for full enjoyment this season, before the rush.

“We urge homeowners to get started for the spring and summer seasons of outdoor living now. When spring arrives, they are set for many enjoyable days and evenings relaxing in their outdoor sanctuaries, while the plants are in full bloom,” says Mark Morgan, owner of The Morgan Landscape Group – one of Charlotte’s premier outdoorliving contractors. “Many of our newer customers are surprised to learn with the proper planning including fireplaces and firepits, they can enjoy their outdoor living spaces year-round with beautiful plants and features that provide visual and aromatic interest.”

When it comes to landscaping, “edible ornamentals” are a popular design trend. Besides the enticing fragrances permeating throughout  your outdoor areas, the bonus of edible plants is a fun and practical part of landscaping. Think blueberries or strawberries planted in a container, fig trees, blackberries on a trellis, grapes on an arbor, or tomatoes in an eco-friendly container…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about The Morgan Landscape Group.

For more information on The Morgan Landscape Group, call 704-588-2292 or visit their web site at www.morganlandscapegroup.com.

Winter in the South means a few moderately cold days but doesn’t halt year-round outdoor enjoyment if you have the right backyard setup for entertaining and relaxing. When Larry Osier decided to double the size of his home, he chose his unused backyard for the addition in part because of the temperate North Carolina climate.

“Adding outdoor rooms provides a complete extension of our indoor living space,” says homeowner Osier. “We never used our backyard before the landscaping and hardscaping project,” he says, “but now our family and guests gravitate to the backyard, even if the weather is chilly. We have lunch there and entertain regularly in the evening. One of our favorite family traditions is to relax in the extra-large spa on Christmas Day.”

In three months, Biggers Lawn & Landscape installed a backyard cabana with a fireplace, pool, spa, and hardscaping to create a beautiful outdoor room.The fireplace is the biggest draw this time of year. Osier likes to entertain friends there, and he says they automatically move to the outside hearth even during the colder months. With a semi-enclosed cabana encompassing the stone fireplace and wooden mantle, the outdoor living room has a wood-shingled roof that keeps the area feeling enclosed enough to be cozy. A brick wall with inserted stones creates an “airy mountain” feel that coordinates and complements the large stone fireplace with its oversized fleur-de-lis keystone…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Bigger’s Lawn and Landscape.

Biggers Lawn & Landscape can be reached by calling 704-888-4789 or online at www.biggerslandscape.com.


When Dave Stuver built his English country manor home in South Charlotte, he wanted a backyard retreat that fit seamlessly
into his wooded landscape. “I knew I wanted the plan to include a pool, but I didn’t want to disrupt the natural feel by sacrificing
a lot of trees or space,” he says.

A fter seeing a custom pool built for a home in the prestigious Meyers Park neighborhood, Stuver found Simon Spiers of Pool
by Design, a Charlotte-based company that provides full-service hardscape design and installation for outdoor living spaces.
“Outdoor living has become a requirement for busy professionals who want to create memories with their families,” Spiers
points out. “Their time is precious, and the right design can give them the amenities of a luxury resort at home, while allowing
them the convenience of sleeping in their own bed at night!”

However, achieving the right backyard plan in smaller spaces, takes experience…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Pool by Design.

Pool by Design is your total outdoor living specialist. To find out how they can design and maintain a custom backyard retreat for you, call 704-3DESIGN (333-7446) or visit www.poolbydesign.com.

The time has come – or actually returned – to add the decadent beauty of natural stone back into landscapes and home interiors. Thanks to competitive prices and improved scheduling, many alternatives and variations of stone exist for homeowners to choose from, including precast and natural stone.

We’ve turned to some of Charlotte’s foremost stonemasons and suppliers to cover the gamut of info from applications of real stone to colors to permanence and everything in-between. This is a savvy-consumer primer, making your home stone decisions more clear-cut.

Visit our website to view the entire article.

Celebrate!
Where Spring Happens First®

You are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Southeast’s largest and most established home and garden show!

Leisurely stroll through 24 magnificently landscaped gardens and celebrate family memories of days-gone-by in our ’60s, ’70’s, and ’80’s themed rooms. Then get up-to date with our inspiring designer rooms from the Interior Design Society along with splendid displays of bonsai, Ikebana, and orchids.

Talk with professionals from more than 400 companies showcasing: the latest and greatest in kitchen and bath, building and home improvement, outdoor living, green living, the green market, decorative arts and crafts, and wineries. Taste, travel and shop the marketplace at your own pace and with your own unique spring plans in mind.

But, best of all, meet the professionals who can help you with information and advice to create your own dream spaces inside and outside your home.

Show features include:

  • Garden & Interiors Showplace
  • Kitchen & Bath Pavillion
  • Outdoor Living Marketplace
  • The Green Market
  • Building and Home Improvement
  • Decorative Arts and Crafts Pavillion
  • Taste and Travel
  • The Green Building Pavilion
 
 The Park Expo and Conference Center
2500 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte NC, 28205

 

Admission :
At the Door:

  • Adults $10.00
  • Under 15 free with a paying adult
  • Special Days: The Spring for Kids First Night Gala benefiting the Council for Children’s Rights will take place from 7pm to 10pm on March 3. Tickets are $50 and include access to Freedom Hall, food, beverage, and entertainment.
  • Seniors Day (55+) Wednesday $7.00 ( No Coupons)
  • Advance Tickets: $7.50 Harris Teeter (With Your VIC Card)
    Advance tickets will be available at regional Harris Teeter stores two weeks prior to the show.
  • Hours :
    Wednesday & Thursday: 10am-6pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10am-9pm
    Sunday: 10am-6pm
  • Wheelchairs available on a first come first serve basis. Cost is $1 and must leave a valid driver’s license or ID.
    Parking: All Day Parking $6.00
  • For More Information Contact : 
    Mardee Woodward
    Email: MWoodward@southernshows.com
    704-376-4085
    http://southernshows.com/sss/ 
  • There’s something about a crackling fire that brings people together and makes everyone feel warmer – body and soul. Today you don’t have to limit fireside chats to your living room. It’s easier than ever to relax with family and friends around a beautiful fireplace that sits under the stars in your own backyard.

    As more homeowners discover the benefits of outdoor fireplaces, these quiet retreats are becoming more popular in our market. We talked with some of Charlotte’s prominent landscape architects to learn their best ideas for creating cozy outdoor fireplace retreats that complement your indoor living space and your home’s architecture…

    Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view the entire article

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