Home visit: this mid-century modern home on Lake Wylie has its own art studio
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A Lake Wylie House debuts on this year’s Virtual Mad About Modern Home Tour, which will begin on September 23.
Who: Chuck Burkett and Randy Pender have been together for 40 years (!!) and arrived in Charlotte in 2014. Chuck has a background in historic preservation and Randy was previously part of Belk’s management team. They are now retired and Randy is a self-taught artist.
- Over the years, they’ve always been drawn to old houses with significant architecture, Chuck said.
- Before moving to Charlotte, they lived on an 1800s Georgian farmhouse on 25 acres.
How they got here: When they moved to Charlotte, they lived in Uptown at The Vue while they searched for homes. They wanted to find something on the Charlotte side of Lake Wylie.
“We started driving to look at the different streets and this house was one of the first we saw and we decided it was the right one,” Chuck said. “But it wasn’t for sale.”
They set up alerts for the house and stalked it until it hit the market, Randy explained. They were on vacation in Italy when it finally became available, and they drove home to make an offer straight from the airport.
The House was built in 1958 in true mid-century style. At 1,750 square feet, it has 3 beds and 2 bathrooms.
The main house has a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms (one used as an office) and a recently renovated bathroom. There is a separate guesthouse that Randy uses as an art studio.
Living outside: Chuck and Randy added a covered outdoor area with a ceiling fan, TV, kitchen, and plenty of seating. It overlooks the pool and Lake Wylie – and this is where they spend most of their time.
Style: Chuck and Randy have an edited and eclectic style, and their home is filled with art from their travels and furniture they’ve collected over the years.
“We believe that if you put together and collect things that you love, it will all work together eventually,” Chuck said.
Mid-Century Design: Chuck and Randy loved the mid-century modern design with brickwork, skylights, and wood-paneled ceilings. They cared so much about the integrity of the home’s original architecture that they remodeled the kitchen to better match what it was, even though the previous owners had recently remodeled it.
- The main house is open plan so you can see the kitchen from most points of view in the living room.
- Chuck and Randy splurged on a panel refrigerator, appliance garage, and a waterfall-side counter.
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