The News and Observer, Saturday, November 13, 2004

Makeover Magic

By IRIS JUNE VINEGAR, Correspondent

3201 Landor Rd., Raleigh

Do you believe in magic? Well, even if you don't, you'll appreciate the incredible transformations in twelve houses on the Fourth Annual Remodelers Home Tour where walls came tumbling down and ceilings soared. Some houses feature elegant new master suites and screened porches, expanded playrooms and kitchens with fabulous cabinetry, exotic islands, countertops and floors. And you'll find basements metamorphed into party, game or yoga rooms, living and sleeping areas and temperature-controlled wine cellars. Magic!

When attorneys Bill and Nancy Black bought the 1,700-square-foot ranch house where Bill grew up, they asked their friend, builder Michael Powell, to expand it. The 1959 home, now with two stories, is in Raleigh's upscale Drewry Hills neighborhood.

"This was a golden opportunity to blend my business acumen, design skills and personal knowledge of the family," said Powell, president of Archwood Building Company. He also blended the remodeled home into the 1950s neighborhood. The Blacks had special desires as well. Bill wanted to use his boyhood room as an office and Nancy wanted more natural light on the first floor. Powell replaced the old windows with larger energy-efficient panes and added 120 square feet for the new kitchen plus a glass door for added light. He built a second floor with four bedrooms and three baths. The children chose their own vivid colors and the master suite is painted in a tranquil blue-gray. Special features in the 4,000 square-foot home include a custom curved staircase in the two-story foyer, Tennessee flagstone walkway and porch, decorative crown molding, wood arches and interior transoms. The home was decorated by Dottie Diener of Designs by Dottie.