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In this Issue: April '16

Apr 01, 2016 08:31AM ● By Jason Huddle

Word on the Street

Jason Huddle, Publisher

My wife will tell you that I am about the un-handiest husband there is. Ask me to perform a song or a role in a play and I’m your man. Ask me to fix something on my own and a professional will typically have to be called to not only fix the problem, but also fix the damage I further caused.

My father-in-law is a different story. He’s Bob Villa on steroids. True story: The very first time I came to visit my now-wife’s family while we were both in college, he was sitting in his living room recliner watching golf as we left for a day of sightseeing in Wilmington, NC. When we returned that evening, he was still sitting in that same recliner but there was now a wall separating the living and dining areas. It was painted and pictures were hanging on it as if it had been there all along. Since then, he has remodeled his house and back yard several times – sometimes out of necessity and sometimes because I think he was just bored.

It is to those DIY-ers like my father-in-law, Don, that we dedicate this edition of Cabarrus Magazine. For those thinking of pursuing projects in their home, we got some advice from a Cabarrus County real estate agent who’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly of sweat equity. We visited with a local interior design firm that‘s here to take the renovation reins if needed. They share the latest in building materials, colors, fabrics and styles with us. We also spotlight a company that repurposes old wood and furniture, creating new and sometimes unrecognizable pieces. And the North Carolina Research Campus chimes in on how to build and plant your own sustainable garden, as well as its benefits for young students.

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to not be like me who, when my kids were young, asked if we needed to call Grandpa to fix the lightbulb that went out. 

Best regards,

Jason Huddle

April Cover Shot: This was a Kitchen remodel was completed by Gerald Loftis with GCL Development a local General Contractor

Click below to read whole issue or the individual articles. Enjoy!

Blood, Sweat Equity and Tears


SCC Interiors: The Befores and Afters


Knock on Wood

Gardening: From the Schoolyard to the Backyard



Breaking Bread: Marinated Veggie Pasta Salad


April '16

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