In Progress: Plaza Midwood Deck

This pretty little house on Thomas Avenue is getting a pretty big deck addition this month.  Two levels, covered porch and uncovered sunning deck, plus coverage for ground-level basement entry. 


Press: SavorNC Magazine

Thanks to the lovely folks at SavorNC Magazine for the nice behind-the-scenes blog post on our recent House Crashers project.  It includes the hightlights of Michelle's DIY projects.


In Progress: Dilworth Addition

Perched in the trees high above Buchanan Street, we're adding about 500 sq ft of new living space to this Dilworth Bungalow -- two bedrooms and an office.



In Progress: Commonwealth Park Kitchen

In Commonwealth Park, in the Plaza Midwood area, we are transforming the interior of four rooms to make this 1500 square foot house more functional.  It grows from 2/1 to 3/2 and gets a major kitchen upgrade.  We'll share photos of the rest of the house soon. For now, check out the kitchen in this photo album.  Design drawings of the entire project can be seen here.


Before and After: Southpark Kitchen and Outdoor Spaces

Thanks to Poprock Photography, we finally have some pretty pictures of a pretty renovation we completed last year off Carmel Road.  See the entire album here, but first, how about some Before-and-Afters? 

Homeowners Sasha and Carl Trosh had a great home in a great South Charlotte neighborhood, but the kitchen was showing its age and their kickin' backyard needed a better perch from which to enjoy it.

Enter kitchen designer Michelle Sutton.  She redesigned the layout, rearranged the flow of the space, making the room feel much larger.

The breakfast area of the original eat-in kitchen was modified to add a new doorway to the new back deck, and bulky furniture was replaced with built-in cabinets and a built-in bench to serve as a mud-room area for coats and bags.

Before: Breakfast Nook AreaAfter: Built-in Cabinets and Bench, New Door to New Back PorchThe previous kitchen layout had big, heavy appliances and cabinets on the interior wall, leaving behind it a dark hallway.  In the new layout, the door to an adjacent dining room was shifted and enlarged, and an opening was cut into the wall to let light into the hallway. 

Before: Interior Wall with small doorway to dining roomAfter: Interior Wall in new layout features a larger door and opening to hallwayAs for the rest of the kitchen, it's just lovely now, isn't it? Great workspace, great new island for casual dining, and loads of beautiful finishes.

Before: Original Kitchen Layout and FinishesAfter: New Kitchen (hubba, hubba!)One other kitchen detail we must point out... the amazing island!  Michelle was visiting the shop of our cabinet vendor when she spied this beauty, a remnant from a bigger project, perfect as a centerpiece for this kitchen.


The old dining room got a facelift with new paint and hard wood floors.  It opens onto a stunning renovated screened porch.

Before: Dining Room, dark and carpeted, in use as computer room.After: Dining Room, in use as dining room, wth shiny new hardwood floors; Great opening to screened porchOh, that porch!  We could happily spend the rest of our lives in this cozy screened room or the open-air deck that connects it to the kitchen.

We are feeling more relaxed just posting photos of that deck, imagining it on a cooler day than today's record temps.  Sweet tea, anyone?


House Crashers Sneak Preview

Check out this new video from Turner Motor Sports of this week's episode of House Crashers, featuring a Charlotte home, NASCAR drivers Kasey Kayne and Brad Sweet, and Dryden Design Build as the local designer and contractor.

See it on DIY Network on Monday, June 25 at 9PM and Midnight, or catch it Saturday at 5:30 and again during "Crash Week".  Full schedule here. (Apologies to anyone that noticed we've announced a couple different times.  The schedule, or our understanding of it, has changed a few times but our best intel now says 9PM.)

Sneak Preview of Kasey Kayne and Brad Sweet on House Crashers


Plaza Midwood Master Bath

We've added some new photos of a project completed this spring in Plaza Midwood.  DDB Designer Michelle Sutton worked with homeowners to use sleek finishes and fixtures and smart spaces to pack a lot of luxury in this master bath -- Mosaic tile, river rock shower floor, large drawers in vanity, hidden towel storage in apron of the Kohler Underscore soaking tub, Moen 90 Degrees Faucets, Silestone counters, solid bamboo flooring, and more.  Check out our album here.

Photos by Poprock Photography


In Progress: Chantilly Garage

We're building a small garage in Chantilly this week, a simple structure to replace an aging building. 


Trailer for House Crashers Episode

Check out this trailer for the fun episode of House Crashers that Dryden Design Build helped film, and catch the show on DIY Network on June 25 at 9pm EST and again at midnight.

Follow DDB on facebook for more updates and sneak peaks from the show.


House Crashers: Airing June 25

Dryden Design Build was honored to have been chosen as the local design/build contractor for a recent episode of DIY Network's House Crashers.  Working with host Josh Temple and the production team at Big Table Media was a pleasure, and we're thrilled with the results.  The show is scheduled to air on June 25, 2012 on DIY Network.

Licensed contractor and host, Josh Temple, travels to the hub of stock car racing, Charlotte, N.C., and with the help of professional NASCAR drivers, Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet, transforms a typical garage into the perfect place to entertain and watch racing. A Charlotte stock car fan gets his garage transformed into a racing-themed bar/lounge, complete with bamboo flooring, wet and dry bars, a custom 3-D wall treatment, access to a new backyard deck and awning, plus unique furniture made with car parts from Kasey Kahne's garage.

Listing info from DIY Network

Race fans will be interested to see the gracious and handy Great Clips drivers Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet participating in this episode.  Here's a sneak peek from our weekend of filming... excited to share photos of the finished product with you once the show airs!