1409 N Alexander was our interpretation of a contemporary home designed for a shallow lot near Uptown Charlotte in the Belmont community. Providing a traditional front-load garage presents many challenges for curb appeal as well as layout of spacious living on a small lot. The Sugar Creek Greenway is in the back yard of the lot so we wanted to maximize the views of the greenway as well. Our solution to the design challenge was to create a three-story house with two-car tandem garage with glass door on the first level, living space on the second level, and bedrooms on the third.
In total, the house features 3-bedrooms, 3.5ba, a 2-car garage and provides around 2,350sf of heated living space. The home also features a second story rooftop terrace accessed from the living area which overlooks the Greenway. The covered terrace is accessed through a large sliding glass door in the living area. Opening the door expands the living area to create a beautiful indoor/outdoor area overlooking beautiful trees and Sugar Creek.
There are no compromises when it comes to what’s important in a home. A large kitchen with space to entertain is a must in today’s world. We provided all those things as well has some large windows overlooking the Greenway. The huge dine-in island in the kitchen is a great place to gather around with friends. One unique design we integrated into this kitchen was a window in the backsplash between the countertop and the upper cabinetry to provide more natural light into the home.
The master bedroom is the kind of place you want to spend more time. Vaulted ceilings up to 13’, a large bank of windows with skyline and Greenway views, and enough room for extra seating are just the start. The master bathroom is a joy as well with a dramatic shower tiled to the ceiling, a soaking tub, and dual vanities. You might feel like you’re staying at your favorite hotel with marble flooring and tile work designed to inspire you.
The exterior of the home provides brick wrapping on the first level reaching to the roof on the front, a cantilevered section on the second level wrapped in stained cedar, and painted siding. In many ways, this house was a successful experiment in creating a great three-story living experience with curb appeal. While the home sold in just 6 days, we are happy to discuss building this house design again for any interested parties, especially on hard to build on shallow lots.