Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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has been rubbed off with finishes that balance gentility with an appearance of age. The granite countertops (and "slab" is the most appropriate term to describe their visual weight) look like they might have been quarried from the same mountain from which this home was mythically transported. ON TO THE OUTDOORS With their home being transformed into something resembling a mountain resort, the owners opted for an equally grand pool-area makeover. Dupree's plan brings in the mountain-style materials and makes the most of a setting Browdy describes as "captivating, stunning — all of those things. It's just a beautiful, beautiful site." In place of the previous backyard's aging pool and prefab hot tub, the architect created an outdoor living area worthy of a five-star resort. A kitchen and dining pavilion is topped with timbers similar to those at the home's entrance. An expansive patio wraps around the new pool, which features a swim- up bar area. A built-in spa perched above the pool provides a picture-postcard view of the home's dock in the distance. The entire project took just less than a year to complete. It's an experience Rinzler says he won't soon forget. Being a participant in and witness to this dramatic makeover goes down as a career highpoint. "The architecture was pretty unique; using the trees and logs is very unusual," he said. "All the subcontractors still talk about it. The entire transformation was a very gratifying moment in my career. I've been a licensed contractor for 30 years, and it's definitely been a career highlight." QR Chuck Ross writes from Brewster, Mass., about remodeling and design. For more information circle 44 The home's finishes and use of natural materials lends a feel of being in a North Carolina-like mountain retreat. ONLINE EXCLUSIVE View many more before and after photos of this project at ForResidentialPros.com/11373625 QUR_14-17_DesignSol514.indd 17 4/28/14 9:45 AM

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