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As the trend continues toward turning your current house into your custom home, more Charlotte-area residents are looking for options that make a space truly unique. “There are a variety of trends and innovative products which incorporate technology that were not available in the past,” says Suzanne Pizio, manager of showrooms at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, a local supplier of plumbing fixtures, lighting and appliances.

However all those choices can be overwhelming. “The majority of consumers have begun their own research on products and styles, but they are full of unanswered questions,” Suzanne says. “An expert can help guide your decision-making process and bring solutions.” M aking the right choices can mean all the difference. David McGuire, chief operating officer of Andrew Roby, Inc., a local custom residential contractor, works with homeowners on projects large and small. “It’s about building a relationship,” says David. “We send homeowners to Ferguson because getting personalized attention from an expert consultant is something you probably won’t get at big-box retailer.”

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

To find out how to incorporate the latest trends into your new home or remodeling project, call Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery at 704-370-2020. Make an appointment to see an expert consultant at the showroom located at 2000 South Blvd., Suite 510 in Charlotte.

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

THE DESIGN CENTER UNVEILS FIRST-EVER U.S. LOCATION IN CHARLOTTE
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 www.thedesigncenter.com, 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 www.thedesigncenter.com

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

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 stone-systems.com 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 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.

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 www.queencitykitchenandbath.com


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).

If the recession has taught us anything, it’s that bigger isn’t always better. Even when it comes to our kitchens, we’re downsizing; the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) design trends for 2010 included  concealed kitchens and space efficiency.

In this aspect, Europe is decades ahead of us. The European kitchen is the model of efficiency and beautiful minimalist design. Cooking in Europe is viewed differently than in the US with fresh ingredients and depends less on stored and pre-prepared food. Space is usually at a premium so appliances are smaller and storage is paramount.

Charlotte homeowners are in luck because Nolte Home Studios, maker of Europe’s most innovative kitchen and bedroom designs, has recently opened its first US showroom in Pineville.

Nolte is a German manufacturing company (second largest single label in the world) that has been designing and producing high-quality kitchens for more than 50 years. Their innovative space-saving designs keep everything in your cabinets organized and close-at-hand while using every inch of space available.

But those are the things you don’t see; the exterior of a Nolte kitchen is a work of minimalist art with clean uninterrupted lines and a streamlined elegant look….

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Nolte Home Studio.

Visit the Nolte Home Studio showroom at 11523 Carolina Place Parkway in Pineville, or call 704-542-4640. Visit them online at www.noltehomestudio-usa.com.


New words have crept into our vernacular since the green movement began: socially responsible, sustainable design, eco-friendly and right-size living, to name a few. Now a well-known builder of custom homes in the Lake Wylie area is introducing a new phrase to the Charlotte housing market: organic contemporary architecture. But this is much more than a buzzword to Doug McSpadden; it’s his passion.

T he term organic architecture was first coined in 1908 by Frank Llyod Wright to describe his idea that a home should be built inrelationship with its natural surroundings, and carefully thought out as if it were a unified organism.

For today’s homeowner, Doug McSpadden describes his enhanced architectural philosophy as mature, well-educated design that is more integrated with nature, features smaller square footage and makes more efficient use of space. “We’ve all heard ‘form follows function.’ In this case form and function are one,” he says….

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about McSpadden Custom Homes.

To learn more about McSpadden Custom Homes, visit them online at www.mcspaddenhomes.com or call 704-825-7324.


What makes the beauty of a well-designed polished chrome faucet, sleek, sculpted tub or an ultra modern toilet even better? According to Cassie Abernethy, Complex showroom manager with HD Kitchen and Bath Collection, it’s state-of-the-art performance.

She explains that the newest lines of luxury plumbing fixtures feature electronic technology that allows you to control the flow of the water in your kitchen sink, adjust the lights and water level in your whirlpool bath, or heat your toilet seat to the perfect temperature. Every time. With only the slightest touch or the motion of your body.

HD Kitchen and Bath Collection features many products designed with the latest technology, including the Talo faucet by Brizo. Its streamlined design is a perfect accent for traditional, transitional or contemporary kitchens. But it’s the faucet’s SmartTouch® Technology, which allows you to turn the water on or off just by touching any part of the handle or faucet, that makes it so popular.

“There are many reasons people want electronic plumbing technology,” explains Cassie. “Water conservation is one reason; convenience is another. Our customers like the fact that they don’t have to make a number of repetitive movements in order to use the faucet. Concern about contamination is another big consideration, more so in commercial kitchens and restrooms, but now people can have this same technology in their homes…”

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

Visit HD Kitchen and Bath Collection at four convenient locations, the showroom in Charlotte (704-845-5970), Huntersville (704-892-6466), Statesville (704-873-2255), and Salisbury (704-633-4481).

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