Spruce Up Your Landscape This Spring

The spring real estate market is up and running in Charlotte, NC. When preparing a home to market, don’t forget to spruce up your landscape this spring. Follow the tips below to draw buyers outside, no matter the size of the yard.

Clean Up!

Start by replacing mulch, trimming trees/bushes and weeding. Address any problem areas in the lawn by adding seed or sod to bare spots.

Create An Outdoor Lounge

Creating an outdoor lounge or dining area that is an extension of the home is always a draw to a listing. Adding an umbrella or pergola is another great way to define an outdoor lounging space or dining area. Lights or a hanging lantern could easily be added to enhance the coziness. Homes that have a sense of connectivity to the outdoors are very appealing to buyers. To ensure buyers are drawn outside create the space so it is easily accessible to indoor rooms like a family room or a kitchen.  Creating an outdoor oasis can add substantial value to your home.

Don’t Forget Privacy

Buyers value privacy. Consider adding fencing, lattice, garden walls or landscaping to define the area and screen views of neighboring homes.

Decorative Options

Add A Little Rock

Jane Lemmond created a little zen garden off her deck in a weekend. She used gravel, stepping stones and a simple water feature.

A flagstone walk or patio is another great way to connect the home to the outdoor space. Lanier Landscaping in Charlotte has a great selection of stone and rock for all of your landscape projects.

Water Features Make A Splash

Adding simple water features and a hammock can be a nice touch. We would all like to nap on a hammock while listening to water sounds!

Bring the Indoors Outside

Colorful throw pillows, candles and music are simple ways to create a comfortable spot. Have space for a beverage cart or bar? Who doesn’t want to envision sitting on a deck sipping wine or a cocktail with friends or family. One of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance a deck or patio and define the space is to add a bright area rug. There are lots of inexpensive low maintenance options for outdoor rugs.  “Last year I grabbed one at World Market for $20 and it is still going strong,” comments Jane Lemmond. Adding pots with bright and or fragrant plants is always an attractive and simple way to finish off any outdoor space.

An added benefit to living in North Carolina is being able to enjoy an outdoor area almost year round. Do you have any tips to add?

Hurricane Matthew Home Restoration Donations Needed

As most of you remember, it was a little over a year ago when Hurricane Matthew devastated many areas of eastern North Carolina. There are many families who had no flood insurance and are still displaced. They have not been able to repair their homes so they can return to their properties.

Wayne Honeycutt in our Eastover office has agreed to help a couple of groups that are working to restore several of the properties. They are in need of kitchen and bath cabinets, tops, and fixtures. If you know of anyone who is remodeling and would like to see these items reused and repurposed, please let him know. He can take a quick look and see if they will work. If so, he can make arrangements to have them removed from the property and transported to the eastern part of the state. Hopefully this will help speed the process of restoring several properties.

The Mint Hill Fire Department donated their old kitchen when they remodeled and the group was able to finish one kitchen renovation in Eastern NC. See the pictures below! Thank you for keeping our neighbors in the Eastern part of NC in mind when you hear of a renovation this Spring.

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Sneak Peek: New Home Rebuild In Charlotte

Winnie Simmons has been busy since we last left her after her complete home renovation in Foxcroft project. She is back to share a new scrape and build project in the Cotswold neighborhood in Charlotte, NC.

The featured property is on South Canterbury. This project is high quality new construction by Blue Azalea Development group comprised of custom builder Wes Piatt of 16 Penny construction, Craig W.  Isaac Architecture and broker and Winnie Simmons of Dickens Mitchener. The developer is Billy Flippin of Optimus properties. The team was thoughtfully constructed in collaboration with Winnie’s client Joe Di Zazzo, owner of Blue Azalea Development group.

The previous home was demolished and architect Craig Isaac drew up plans for a 5200-5400 square foot home with an option for a pool. Sixteen Penny has been busy with the construction of the home. The finished home at 136 S. Canterbury will feature:  5 bedrooms | 4.5 bath; 10 ft. ceilings on main and 9ft up with 8 ft. doors through out the home. Wolf/Viking appliance package with scullery pantry off kitchen, wet bar with beverage refrigerator in family room and a covered terrace overlooking a European pool with pergola and croquet green lawn. MLS# 3315814.

Contact Winnie Simmons for details about the property – 705-576-9225 or wsimmons@dickensmitchener.com.




Foxcroft Renovation – Final Reveal!

It is finally time for the final review of 2000 Stedwick Place! We have been following along as real estate agent Winnie Simmons and her client Stuart Hicks have been renovating this home in the Foxcroft neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. The home was originally 5 bedrooms,  2.1 baths and had a 2 car garage. After the renovation, this home now has 6 bedrooms, 4.2 baths and a 3 car garage. Follow along below as we reveal the before and after photographs of this beautiful addition.

2000 stedwick front of home

We completely changed the landscape and exterior look of the home. All of the concrete was re-poured; the exterior was painted; the front porch was reconstructed to be more inviting and we added new shrubbery. The addition of the master bedroom, mudroom and garage were all added to the right side of the home.

before & after front porch

Next we turned our focus to the inside of the home. An open floor plan was desired so a wall was taken down between the old dining room and kitchen. The space opened up into a dining area which flows into the kitchen with a beautiful island that flows into the family room.

Dining room before & after

open kitchen before and after

Before and after family room

The new addition was added off of the original family room. An arched doorway was created that leads into the additional garage, mudroom and master bedroom/bathroom retreat. The master bedroom opens up to the expansive deck area complete with a fireplace.

before and after deck

The home originally had 3,024 sq feet. The addition added over 800 sq feet to the home. If you would like to see this beautiful home that shows like new construction, contact Winnie Simmons.

Thank you for following this beautiful transformation. Keep posted, we have another to share with you soon!


Part Two – Complete Home Renovation in Foxcroft

We are excited to share the next phase of the renovation in Foxcroft. When we last left you, Winnie Simmons and her client, Stuart Hicks,  were turning this existing 5 bedroom, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage into a new 6 bedroom, 4.5 baths and 3 car garage home. This includes an addition of a new master suite, additional garage bay, mudroom/laundry room and a big beautiful deck with a large brick fireplace overlooking the wooded lot and walking trails.

The client, Stuart Hicks, wanted to create an open concept kitchen and living area. This was achieved by taking down walls and creating a walk out onto a new wrap around deck with an outdoor fireplace. He then added new french doors opening onto the deck.

Next they decided that the existing home needed a full demo of all existing baths and kitchen. We added two new baths which includes the master bathroom. It was important to us to use all custom cabinets, marble, natural stone, high end tile and hardwood flooring throughout the home. The home has all new lighting and hardware throughout.  We renovated the front elevation by adding a new front door, shutters, front porch and clap board. The new addition is full brick veneer.

“I’m not really sure if it’s a service or a joy helping my client’s with: design, tile colors, hardware, counter tops and cabinetry” said Winnie. “I was a designer and an investor myself from 1994 – 2007 and have been a broker since 2009.” She began her real estate business in Nantucket, MA and Greenwich, CT and relocated back to her home state of North Carolina and Charlotte in 2004.

“The success of my clients, working with them through the entire process is one of my favorite aspects of my business. I love the hunt for the buy and identifying a property that will be a successful investment – it is a real honor to be part of my client’s team”.

After the renovation is completed, Winnie will put back on her real estate hat and market and sell the property, the Dickens Mitchener way. Stay tuned for the final reveal.

Coming Soon: Complete Home Renovation in Foxcroft!

Join us on a journey of a complete home renovation with Winnie Simmons and her client, Stuart Hicks. Stuart was looking for an investment property in the Foxcroft neighborhood of Charlotte. He chose to work with Winnie due to her experience in the design, build, investment process which she truly enjoys as well. The process can be lengthy and challenging due to lack of inventory or the price may exceed budget with necessary renovations. Sometimes investors have to be willing to keep looking or move on to another property if repairs are too extensive. They must be willing to be patient and buy at the right price. This will dictate success along with projected exit price when the project is complete and ready to be relisted. Staying on schedule with the renovation in order to take advantage of the market’s most popular times(such as spring), is also impactive to an investor’s optimum return.

Winnie always follows these steps in looking for an ideal property: 1. Identify a property that is a good candidate which is based on condition and purchase price. 2. She and her client must determine the highest and best use of the property – whether to renovate or scrape home and rebuild. 3. Follow the 3 tried and true rules: location, condition and price.

Winnie and Stuart went on a hunt in the area and found their pearl at 2000 Stedwick. They determined the highest and best use for this property in this location was to renovate the existing home. We will follow the renovations that will change this home from the existing 5 bedroom, 2.5 Baths, 2 car garage into the new 6 Bedroom, 4.5 baths and 3 car garage. The addition includes a new master suite, additional garage bay, mudroom/laundry room and a big beautiful deck with a large brick fireplace overlooking the wooded lot and walking trails.

Follow us in this exciting home renovation! Next up – pictures of the master bedroom/open concept living area and garage addition.

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