"Michael brought a passion to his work and to the people with whom he was working. It wasn't so much that he was
proud of what he was doing, but that he loved what he was doing. You could see it and feel it, and the
house (now three years old) shows it and retains it still."
"He was on top of the building process at all times and very up front. He made sure he delivered what was expected. I wasn't a person who needed or wanted to have every detail pinned down. I was very careful to keep giving Michael a sense of our needs and what we hoped to have. I relied on him to be able to create that. I will be forever in debt to what he did. It goes unsaid the level of competence he has, in addition he has extraordinary communication skills."
Cedar shingle siding extends to cover the underside of the decks. Bow window fabricated on site.
|On the Haw River near Chapel Hill|
The front porch has a brick floor which flows out to the brick path leading up to the house. Architecture by Giles Blunden.
Michael hand carved the railing from North Carolina Bald Cypress wood to resemble a canoe paddle in honor of the Haw River in the home's back yard. The trick was not in carving the first paddle but in making the second one identical for the lower newel post.
|View of Canoe Paddle from above.|
The canoe paddle is flat on top to hold cups of tea and books on the way up to the bedroom.
|Living room, showing fireplace|
The wood mantle piece came from a majestic old Shag Bark Hickory tree that sadly had to come down to make way for the house. It lives on, laid into the stones, some of which came from an old cellar hole found on the property from times long passed. Stonework by Joe Kenlan.