Written by Phil Travars | Builder Brothers
Secrets Behind the Cozy McCoy
You can tell a lot about the personality of people in the details of the custom home we build with them.
Looking at the McCoy from the curb, it's clearly a cozy custom home - with detail work that makes visitors smile as soon as they see it.
On a setting in the middle of where things are happening in a small town, you can tell right away that the people who helped create their new home enjoy being a part of that.
The wrap around porch is a huge component of this home, boldly stating that outdoor living is just as important as being inside. We used 10" round columns to further emphasize the prominence of the porch, with Arts and Crafts details that add clarity, and ceiling fans and lights that ensure enjoyment night or day.
Step inside, and the home feels much bigger. Every square foot is used efficiently - with quite a few modifications from the original plan to fit the lifestyle of the owners. The house layout was flipped, the mudroom was artfully arranged to make the best use of every inch - including a pantry - and of course the kitchen was rearranged.
And speaking of personality, that kitchen is not only laid out in a way that works for the owners - it also showcases a feature wall, with tile from counter top to ceiling, in a neutral tone that's subtle and classic.
One of the most important things to have in a smaller custom home is great flow, and with the McCoy that takes into account parking in the detached garage tucked behind the house and the attached breezeway to rear into of house, even before getting to the heart of the home.
Everything for every day is on the first floor. The open layout makes entertaining even easier; everyone is part of the party. Open the double french doors off the dining room for indoor/ outdoor gatherings.
There's more great use of space in the master bathroom, which doesn't have a "small home" feel, either. The color choices here are warm and comfortable, setting off the soaking tub, and separate tile shower with glass enclosure, duel sinks and plenty of counter space with tile everywhere.
An office and secondary bedrooms are upstairs, with privacy for friends to stay over, whether at the end of the evening or for a holiday.
The rear and garage entry doors on the McCoy were painted to match the overhead garage door. It's a blend of colors that not everyone would think about, but they work well together.
To me, the home looks like a mint chocolate chip, and something about that is comforting. Which is what you should feel when you come home every day.
Phil builds uniquely crafted custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. He builds relationships with clients the same way he builds their homes - with dedicated attention to detail. Phil has been a trailblazer with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, kayaking, and anything outdoors.
About the Builder Brothers:
Phil and Andrew are brothers who build awesome custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers.