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A single-family home in South Roanoke and a historic building in the heart of downtown undergo major renovations, and the results are breathtaking.
For some it is nearly impossible to see past outdated bathroom fixtures, popcorn ceilings and impractical floor plans when looking for a home. Features like old plumbing and cracked plaster turn prospective homeowners away from many properties. But there are those that can look beyond the old, the bad and the ugly, and find true potential, a diamond in the rough.
On the surface, these two renovations couldn’t be more different: a mid-century single-family home in South Roanoke, and a three-story brick structure built on the former site of a livery stable. One is a suburban, family-friendly style and designed to allow for flow between the interior and the outdoors. The other is an industrial loft space with exposed beams and hundred-year-old wood floors.
And yet, both renovations ultimately had one end goal: breathing new life into a piece of Roanoke history.
A Gem in South Roanoke
The process of renovating a house is not for the faint of heart—or the impatient. It can take months, even years, to complete such a large-scale project. Or, in the case of one home in South Roanoke, the timeline can be indefinite.
“From a design standpoint, it’s still going,” says Emily Mangus of the South Roanoke home renovation project. Mangus is the interior designer who worked with the homeowners of this 4,700-square-foot house to create a comfortable, fresh and functional environment for their young family.
Confronted with the challenges of agreeing on an aesthetic for their new home, the homeowners turned to Mangus for help. From the perfect paint colors to unique and “high-design” decorative features, Mangus’s design is cohesive, professional and collaborative.
“The biggest challenge was designing the home to the level it should be, while keeping it child-friendly,” says Mangus.
The result of the collaboration between homeowner and designer is at once contemporary and sentimental, clean and efficient with a touch of whimsy.
“While we kept the exterior of the home mostly traditional in style, the inside includes things such as high-gloss black ‘caviar’ woodwork and turning the original exterior door pediment into toy shelving for their boys,” says Mangus.
An excellent example of marrying function and finesse is the kitchen and family room. They raised the ceiling and added a wall of custom shelving that serves as a striking focal point. Light floods in through the oversized kitchen window as if there were no separation between inside and out. The sleek lines of the carerra marble island and stainless steel appliances contrast with the vibrant colors of children’s books and toys meticulously scattered among the wall shelves.