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JOHN AND LAURIE BETH MOYER felt cramped in their 1922
brick American Foursquare in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.
Baby number two had been born, family coming from out-of-town
had no place to rest their heads and John's medical supply business
needed an office. So, they started looking at homes for sale.

"We wanted to stay in the neighborhood. We
love it here," says John. But six months later, they
kept coming back to the idea of remodeling the
home they'd grown to love in the last nine years.
"We love this house and its big porch," says
Laurie Beth, a physician's assistant. "And the flat
lot. Flat lots are hard to find in this area."
The process began with architect Monica
Rokicki-Guajardo, recommended by Building
Specialists, Inc. The Moyers were happy to start
with an architect because they had a written plan.
"Construction changes are easier to make on
paper," says Josh Beisley, project manager with
BSI, "than when laborers are standing in the yard."
He added that having those plans in place reduces
change orders and revisions once the project is
underway.

Left: "We love this
house and its big
porch," says Laurie
Beth.
Below: To maintain
the home's
character, they
saved the original
steam
radiators and
added mini
splits for air
conditioning.

Choosing a Partner

When you're undertaking a renovation job that
takes almost six months and has total strangers
in and out of your home every day, choosing a
building contractor is much like choosing a
partner. According to Rokicki-Guajardo, good
strong relationships between the homeowner,
designer, contractors and architect make a big
difference in how the project flows, keeps the costs
down and avoids problems all the way around.
"We chose BSI," says John, "because there was
a level of trust." Not the cheapest, nor the most
expensive, BSI proved to the Moyers they would
be accountable for their work from the first time
they visited their home.
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