My #PellaView: Longtime Historic Renovator Takes On His Own Home

As a born and raised North Carolinian, Steve Huntley knew exactly where he wanted to land after serving in the Air Force during his young adulthood years. Soon after hanging up his pilot hat, Huntley moved back to his roots to pursue a career in capital investments, where he worked for 30 years.

Now retired, Huntley is fully embracing a new chapter, moving from Charlotte to Winston-Salem, where he’s also pursuing new passions in home renovation and remodeling.

“I was looking for something to do, and I’ve always had an appreciation for architecture and home design,” he says. “So I got connected with the Charlotte Historical Properties Commission and began working with them to restore old homes.”

Huntley worked closely with architects and designers to create remodeling plans that would keep the character of the home in tact while operating under the restrictions of building in a historic district. The results? Historic house flipping at its finest.

“The last house I did in Charlotte won a gold award for the best remodel in the $1 million category,” Huntley says.

Although he enjoyed working in Charlotte, things changed when he found out his daughter was moving to a new home in neighboring Winston-Salem. She and her growing family had outgrown the house that they were living in, and Huntley knew this was the perfect opportunity to not only live closer to family, but also renovate his own home for a change.

“As a doting grandfather I had the opportunity to buy a house four doors down from my grandson,” Huntley said. “So that’s what my wife and I did!”

Today, the home is being renovated in stages before the Huntleys move in, with the kitchen being the first project.

What was the inspiration behind the kitchen addition and remodel and what did the project entail?

The house itself is a 2,100 square-foot cottage style home that was built in the 1930s. It’s in the Buena Vista district of Winston-Salem, and as the largest historic neighborhood it’s full of charming houses with sidewalks encompassed by large oak trees. We’re three miles from downtown and the area is very picturesque. So, in essence, the neighborhood inspired the design of the kitchen addition. I wanted something that would be true to the personality of the surrounding homes. Because this project was a new build, we knew we would need to pick out new cabinets, flooring, countertops and windows to match what we were looking for.

Who did you work with on this project?

We used Quinn Pillsworth as the architect and ADAMS DesignBuild, Inc. was our builder.

What made you choose to install Pella windows? What do you like about the product?

Having been in the building business for roughly 10 years, I knew that Pella had a good reputation for making a good, stylish product. But beyond that, both the architect and builder highly recommended using Pella, too. We ended up going to the local distributor in Winston-Salem and I outlined what I was looking for, as far as style goes. I wanted a style of window that would tie-in with the cottage feel of the house and have a six-foot bump out on the front of the house. Knowing this, we decided casement windows would accomplish that.  The windows are classic but also contemporary because of the black mullions that are on the outside of the window.

It was a simple process because the guy I worked with at Pella was very helpful and fastidious about the dimensions of the panes and good at designing it. So between the combination of reputation, recommendation and having a good guy on site, I’d say it was a win-win-win.

You mentioned this will be your last rental remodel project. What’s next for you?

I’m in my late 60s, and it’s going to be so nice to live near family. I’m going to be spending a lot of time probably coaching T-ball with my grandson.

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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.