Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Traditional Home Magazine and High Point Junior League Show House Project

Photo credit to Lance Jackson

Have you heard the exciting news that Traditional Home magazine is partnering with the Junior League Of High Point NC to produce a show house?  The house will open on April 17th, in conjunction with the High Point International Market.   Originally built in 1912, by R.B. Terry Sr., the house is an impressive structure with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
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Randall Terry with his seven golden retrievers
photo property of NC State School of Veterinary Medicine

Upon his death, Mr. Terry's son Randall B. Terry Jr. became the owner of the property.  Mr. Terry was a businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher of the High Point Enterprise newspaper.  Randall Terry and his seven golden retrievers were the last inhabitants of the home.   In 2004, Mr. Terry died and left the house and a trust in place that allowed for a local caretaker to provide for the dogs in the home until their deaths.  The dogs were great companions to Mr. Terry.  Each dog, named after Greek gods and goddesses.   In 1998, Mr. Terry's dog, Nike, was in need of medical attention that was not available locally.  His veterinarian suggested he take the dog to N.C. State's vet school for care.  The top care and compassion provided to Nike during his stay at the vet school was instrumental in Mr. Terry becoming a friend and ongoing support of the School of Veterinary Medicine.  Today the R.B. Terry Foundation continues to support  N.C. State University's School of Veterinary Medicine as well as Woodberry Forrest School, a boarding school, where Mr. Terry graduated from High School.

Photo credit to Lance Jackson
 Located at 200 W. Farriss Avenue in High Point, the property currently belongs to the R.B Terry Foundation, which is one of the five largest foundations in the triad.  It is a charming structure complete with carriage house and swimming pool.  The main rooms in the home feature beautiful millwork.  I cannot wait to share those with you, but today I want to show you the room I will be transforming, which is the kitchen!

And here we are!  The kitchen and where I will be
spending many hours between now and the opening gala 
that will be on April 17th!

The last renovation of the kitchen was in 1985-86. The renovation included an addition of the existing kitchen that extended from the original structure.

 This angle shows the extended kitchen when viewing from the opposite direction in the first photograph above. If you notice, there is a paneled beam across the top of the room which divides the two spaces.  The area of the kitchen beyond the beam was the original kitchen and the area on this side of the room is the addition.  

The dividing paneled beam encases a load bearing
Support that is necessary to the structure. 

 I've shown the kitchen photos in order if you are entering the house from the back door that you see on the right in this photo and then looking from left to right around the room.  The sink wall is on the left, followed by the refrigerator wall, then the extended kitchen followed by the double oven wall.  

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me but I have great plans for this transformation.  I can't wait to take you on the journey.  I will share snippets of the progress.  I made a pact with the powers that be, to keep the design under wraps until the open house on the 17th, but I'll share
enough to keep you interested!  

So here's what is going on in the kitchen now......

  Whew!  I am extremely excited we can open up the beam and make a greater connect between the two rooms.  The rooms now feel connected. 

Here is a peek at the new beam height.

I have grand plans to make that beam a feature in the room.  Wish me luck, I'm going to need every ounce of your good wishes!   

Check back next Tuesday for a show house update!  

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  1. Lisa how exciting and what a great story behind this home!! Congratulations!

    The Arts by Karena

    1. It is a great story Karena and a great house! Thanks for commenting! Happy Wednesday to you!

  2. Wow! How exciting! I can't wait to see the result.

  3. Wow! How exciting! I can't wait to see the result.

    1. Thanks Kerry! I can't imagine doing this without a piece of your beautiful art but I think Traci is going to ask you so hopefully there will be one and her foyer is the perfect place! oxoxox

    2. Hahha!! I just read this...oh the stories I tell!!! Looks like I'm the lucky duck Kerry

  4. Lisa so exciting. I'm putting this on my calendar. Can't wait to see you work your magic.

  5. SO excited to see it Lisa. I will be in High Point in April so will make it a point to visit. Good Luck!

  6. Congrats my friend! I know you'll make it beautiful! Best of luck for smooth sailing! Xo Nancy

  7. Congrats my friend! I know you'll make it spectacular. Best of luck for smooth sailing. I'll come see it at market! Xo Nancy

    1. Thank you my sweet friend! It is a lovely house. Here's hoping I do it justice! oxox


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