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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 or stop by 217 Fairwood Avenue. You can 704-333-7446 (704-3DESIGN).

When compared to other cities, the Charlotte housing market has been spared the drastic drops seen in other real estate markets. Urban Home decided to investigate how the changing real estate market has impacted home design, so we sat down with Kevin Holdridge of KDH Residential Designs to get his professional opinion on the matter.

For years, his business dwelled in the million dollar new construction market, some of which was based on speculative building. Custom home construction is dramatically different than it was two years ago. Fortunately, Holdridge diversified his business to keep pace with changing times.

Getting back to his roots in the building industry, Holdridge drew upon his expertise in design to include remodeling design. “Remodeling is a great alternative to building new. It allows homeowners to improve the floorplans of their existing residences without the disruption of a new move. Often times, the end result is more personalized than a new home,” said Holdridge. “When remodeling, KDH first looks at repurposing existing space. We find most clients’ lifestyles don’t match their floor plans. They have too many unused formal rooms. These are great areas to improve because, often times, the removal of a single wall will open a room and save our clients from costly additions…”

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

If you are building new or remodeling, call KDH Residential Design at 704-909- 2755 or visit them online at

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