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ABOVE, CLOCKWISE:
Custom built-ins provide plenty
of space for toys and books.
Pops of color make the nursery
a cheery place.
The patio is a welcome space
for entertaining.
Double French doors lead to
the balcony off the master
suite.
The arched doorway in the
master suite matches the
original one on the first floor.

PRINCIPLE PLAYERS
IN THIS JOB:
General Contractor: Building
Specialists, Inc.
Architect: Monica RokickiGuajardo of Better Building
Works
Cabinetry: Routrough
Cabinets, Inc., Rocky Mount
Lighting and Appliances:
Ferguson Lighting, Roanoke
Landscaping: Sal's Property
Improvement
Financing: Skyline Bank,
Electric Road

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The Master Suite

Upstairs, the master suite covers the entire
second story of the addition. Large windows
open it up to the treetops, particularly one
large pin oak they worked hard to avoid while
relocating sewer lines. A vaulted ceiling makes
it feel larger than it is. And a bath and walk-in
closet make it feel like John and Laurie Beth's
own private place.
The highlight of this space is the balcony
that overlooks the backyard. Through French
doors, this particular inspiration of RokickiGuajardo's is the perfect place for morning
coffee or for these two medical professionals
to unwind after the boys go to bed.

The Guest Quarters

This four-bedroom, two and a half bath home
includes one guest bedroom on the second
floor. But because both John's and Laurie
Beth's families live out-of-town, they wanted
more space for visitors. That left the garage.
The detached, brick single-car garage was,
according to John, a "falling down structure."
But because the bones were solid, they
decided to put it to good use. Though not
quite finished on the inside, the outside has a
completely new roof, new facade with French
doors and a patio.
To make this space more private, they cut
the driveway back to stop in the front yard,
installed fencing with a walk-through gate,
and had Sal's Property Improvement do his
thing, which is amazing.
The backyard is one of Rodicki-Guajardo's

favorite parts of this job. Creating a relationship
between the garage and the porch that was
functional, as well as personal, was important
to her.
"It was found space," she says, referring to
making something previously unused into a
private retreat.

Outdoor Details Count

"It's always a challenge," says Rocicki-Guajardo,
"to be sensitive to a client's needs and at the
same time the neighbors' expectations or views
of what is appropriate."
Therefore, to make it possible for the
Moyers to stay in their home and to preserve
the character of the neighborhood, the project
called for some pretty mean attention to detail.
"When you look at home additions," she
says, "a lot of them are out of scale or lack
those details. There are so many details to
make something feel like it grew there rather
than just got stuck on the back of something."
For the Moyers, in addition to tying the
house and garage together with patio space,
those details include matching 100-year-old
brick, end-cutting exposed rafters to match
and saving the tree.
John, Laurie Beth and the boys moved out
for the six months the job took. But from the
street, you'd never know it.
"The front appeared untouched," says
Beisley, "down to the rockers and coasters
on the porch. But the house was completely
missing in the back."
Was it worth it? Absolutely. The Moyers
couldn't be happier. I
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