my big “secret” — homearama 2015

Friends, I have been holding out on you.  I promise it was only with the best of intentions!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen more than a few sneak peeks … but I can finally share that I am designing a custom home for Charlotte’s own HomeArama 2015.  A huge thank you to Arcadia Custom Homes, an incredible high-end custom builder, for entrusting me with this job!

HomeArama 2015 Cheval Sold SignHomeArama, which has been hosted by the Home Builders Association of Charlotte for over 20 years, is the Charlotte area’s biggest and best custom home tour.  This year, the tour will feature four custom homes — all of which are priced at over $1 million — in Cheval, south Charlotte’s newest luxury community.  Cheval is an equestrian-themed community, designed to embrace all that nature has to offer.  Picture woodlands, parks, trails, and horses grazing in meadows.  It’s almost like driving into a dream!

Frank Snodgrass Cheval HomeArama 2015 HouseFrank Snodgrass of Building Graphics, one of the country’s best architecture firms, created a truly remarkable home for this lucky family.  Yep, you heard me right.  Unlike most showhomes, this one already has a homeowner.

Lot Clearing July 28That makes my job an eensy bit more challenging, n’est pas?  This home is being built for a real family — mom, dad and two young children — with a real budget (albeit larger than many) and real preferences.  We aren’t selecting upgrades or fancy features, just for the sake of having them, but instead asking whether each choice makes sense for their lifestyle … and pocketbook.

Cheval HomeArama Lot ClearingFortunately, Arcadia Custom Homes uses only the highest-quality materials, the most efficient techniques and the most talented craftsman available.  Inspired by the pursuit of livable luxury, the Arcadia team has built its reputation on exceeding customer expectations.  In other words, “The A-Team” is on the job.  I mean, I just “love it when a plan comes together.”  Ha!

Cheval Homerama Sample WallHere’s a look at the sample wall Arcadia builds for each home, so we can ensure that the colors and materials chosen are just right.  Let’s be clear — building a custom home is NOT an instance where you want surprises!

Mondays on the blog, I will share step-by-step the construction and design of a custom home — from lot clearing until the keys are handed over.  It’s a fascinating process.  (For real time updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram!)  Of course, the grand finale will be the HomeArama tour itself, scheduled for July 18 through August 2.  Mark your calendars now, because you won’t want to miss it!

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sunday’s gratitude: thankfulness as a drug

If Thankfulness Were a Drug QuoteFascinating, right?  According to Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the divison of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center, gratitude truly makes a difference in our health.  And not just our mental health!  Our physical health is at stake, too.  Read the entire article here.

On the subject of gratitude, I am grateful for my fantastic blog readers!  Congratulations to Amanda, who will receive a digital copy of Eco-Happy: A Simple Guide Toward an Earth-Friendly Life, and Katie, who will receive a downloadable art print from Maidservant of Encouragement.

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