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THE

HOMES
ISSUE

"I love what I do. All
these houses, they mean
something to me."
-Kimberly Payne

enlarged. Phillip's focus is on the
bones of the house while Kimberly
lets her fashion sense shine on the
interiors.
"We're taking a product that is 50
to 75 years old and getting it ready
for the next 50 to 75 years," Phillip
says.
The model works because Raleigh
Court is a neighborhood where
home prices continue to rise. It's
filled with the kind of houses the
Paynes are in search of - solid
structures, with quirk and charm,
built from the 1920s to the 1950s,
many owned by retirees in their
80s and 90s. When owners can no
longer stay in their homes, that's
when the Paynes step in.
They oversee a team of contractors
they've put together. They work
through every inch of the house
during a six-month span, more or less. Between the
two of them, they have the know-how and skills to
pull off their vision.
"If we didn't put the house back together properly
then we wouldn't get what we're getting," Phillip says.

CHRISTINA NIFONG

TWO YEARS AGO BROOKE WEXLER and
her husband Harris were looking to move back to
Roanoke after Harris had completed his residency
in North Carolina.

When their realtor contacted
them about a house that was being
renovated but wasn't yet on the
market, they took a look.
"I loved her ideas," Brooke says
of Kimberly's plans.
The Wexlers bought the Lincoln
Avenue home before it was listed.
"I loved the traditional style and I
loved how it's old, but now would
be remodeled," Brooke says.
With each renovation, Phillip
looks for one architectural element
central to turning the house into a
gem. In the Lincoln Avenue home,
Phillip designed a front porch to
be made out of reclaimed, 1920sera lumber.
"The inspiration was to give a
Tudor feel with a place to keep you
dry when you turn your key," he says.
The Paynes plan to continue
their Raleigh Court remodels. They strive to flip
two houses a year. It's a rhythm that keeps their
contractors busy, their workload sane and their
influence in the neighborhood growing.
"This neighborhood is really special," Kimberly
says, standing outside a recently renovated home on
Oregon Avenue.
"I love what I do." She looks up at the brick
colonial and around at the slate walkway and the
tiered backyard the Paynes created. "All these houses,
they mean something to me." I

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