Before and after: Check out this Pinterest-worthy, cottage-inspired home on Hillside Avenue

Before and after: Check out this Pinterest-worthy, cottage-inspired home on Hillside Avenue
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This Hillside Avenue home done by luxury builder Bryan Gerrard is all over Instagram and Pinterest — you might have even stopped to take a photo yourself.

“People are constantly in our yard taking photos,” homeowner Joey Noe told the Agenda. “One couple drove from Tennessee to see the house. They found ours online and wanted to see it in person, because they’re building a house like it. They sent us flowers afterward and everything.”

It really is that good.

“I’ve built a lot of nice houses, but when I walk in this home, I think ‘this is a house I want to live in’ over houses that have cost twice as much,” Bryan said.

Hillside house entry


The story: The home belongs to Joey and Valerie Noe, and when they came across the Myers Park cottage they jumped on it.

“When we found the house, we were taken by the curb appeal. It had a really really cute cottagey look,” Joey said. “So many people buy and tear down, because a 1,300, 1,400-square-foot house from the 1930s is not conducive to today’s family.”

Their architect Don Duffy found a way to integrate the original structure in a brand new design — and Bryan and interior designer Shannon Bowman were on board with bringing that vision to life.  They kept the bones of the house, but the interior is close to 95 percent brand new, Bryan told me.

Here’s what it looked like before…

Hillside before exterior

Hillside before living room

Hillside before dining room

What the Noe’s wanted: Overall, they wanted Bryan and Shannon to come up with something comfortable, cozy, welcoming and kid-friendly with a cottage influence.

“We feel really lucky. It’s cool for us,” Joey said. “But it’s just our house, like it’s where we watch ‘Mary Poppins’ with our daughter and son and I grill out.”

Hillside house exterior

The exterior of the house is absolutely stunning. Don and Bryan were able to save the integrity of the original home but made it more fresh and modern — you can still see the two A-frame main gables in the before and after.

Hillside house custom ceiling work

Hillside house living area

This ceiling. Bryan said creating this x-shaped sight line showed off every single imperfection, so some parts of the living area and kitchen had to be moved, like fireplace which was 1/2 an inch off center at first.

Hillside house kitchen and table

This house has a super functional layout, and the design is genius. The kitchen, which is perfectly symmetrical, is flanked by two huge cabinets. Standing from the other side of the island, they appear to be the same depth, but the one on the right is really a walk-in pantry.

Hillside house kids loft

This loft in this bedroom wasn’t originally a part of the plan. It was supposed to be attic space, but Shannon sketched out a lofted hang out spot where the Noe’s 11-year-old son could play video games and hang out with his friends.

Hillside house master bed

Hillside house master bed sitting area

Hillside house master bath

Hillside house pantry

Photos courtesy of/by Joe Purvis

Real estate tips/scoops: Related Agenda real estate guides: Best custom home builders in Charlotte, Best architects in Charlotte, and Best interior designers in Charlotte.

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