The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 119
HOMES | TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST
budgets, so you have to design it the way you think it's
going to last. I didn't want to put very trendy things in
my home and in a year there's a new trend I want to
do. I want to put things in my home that will stick. You
can change little things like art, pillows and accessories,
but as a whole, I wanted to do it so I wouldn't get sick
of it in two years."
Every room on the first floor had work done, be it
construction or cosmetic. While everything has a fresh
coat of paint, the floors were refinished (or are new, in
the case of the den and kitchen). For her kitchen, the
contractors removed walls for more open space.
"I think a common result in a colonial is there's a
breakfast room and smaller kitchen, but a lot of people
today are knocking out the walls between like we did
for one big open kitchen," Mangus says.
During one of the initial planning sessions between
Mangus and VBS, it was determined that one of the
main walls being removed in the kitchen was load-bearing from the basement to the roof. After bringing in
Craig Favor of Favor Engineering, a new plan allowed
for the wall removal and structural integrity to occupy
the space without sacrificing the ambiance.
Their quartz countertop island is the size of a ping-
"We don't all
budgets, so you
have to design
it the way you
think it's going
Left top: Mangus adores local artwork, noting that it
only appreciates with time in addition to supporting the region's talented artists.
Bottom left: More artwork and beautiful floral elements make the fireplace pop.
Bottom right: The reupholstered wingback chair once belonged to Mangus'
grandfather; her blue fabric gives this antique a modern update.
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