For the first time in almost 30 years, 1408 Kimberly Drive is being offered for sale. And, with a complete renovation, this lovely home is ready to host your life. Though it was lovingly maintained for the past three decades, it was in need of a few updates. Andy and Cathy saw an opportunity to take this home and transform it into a modern icon of the split-level age. With 100% new systems, windows, roof, and thoroughly modern finishes, this home compares to the newest construction. Yes, it’s a split-level. And, wow! why exactly don’t they build split-level anymore? This home lives like a dream – it is large enough to host a celebration and yet contains numerous intimate living spaces. Whether you are looking for multi-generational living options, privacy choices for a large family, or just a sexy modern take on a unique layout, 1408 Kimberly Drive might be interesting to you.
On the one-story side of the home, this home had a massive brick stoop – lots of stairs leading to a small landing, that presented to a cramped front door. Moving the front door away from the wall allowed us to create a welcoming front porch that is more than just a ring-the-doorbell-waiting spot for your guests. Built to accommodate a full suite of furniture, this is a porch you can live on. Entering the front door, the next big change is immediately obvious – partition walls were removed, stairways were rearranged, and the ceiling was vaulted to create a spacious communal space. The kitchen was completely reimagined and a massive window was added that brings the gorgeous back yard right into this space. Functional amenities like a drawer microwave and a hidden walk-in pantry were included with luxury finishes and high-end appliances. This living space is ready to be lived in.
The staircase – created out of Douglas Fir and black iron pipe – creates a central vertical shaft that connects the family living areas. Upstairs, there are fantastic private living spaces. A broad landing opens to three bedrooms and the hall bath as well as the gallery leading to the master suite. The bedrooms have original hardwoods and updated closets – each have original hardwoods. The hall bath has double sinks and the former master kept its ensuite bath. We added ambient lighting in the family photo gallery creating an inviting entrance to the master suite. This space is separated into a bedroom suite and a den providing maximum flexibility. This area is actually an addition, which allowed us to include vaulted ceilings. French doors lead to a private balcony overlooking the expansive back deck. The master bath rivals modern construction and includes a large glassed shower, a second laundry, and a closet with builtins.
Downstairs, we reconfigured the space to provide a family room with a gas fireplace as well as a huge craft room connected to the main laundry room. There is a large mudroom entry with builtins and a bench. Additionally, we added a lower-level granny-suite with wide doorways and roll-in shower to provide for multi-generational opportunity. We added a large garage with storage to complete the addition.
Curb appeal is fantastic as well with an updated modern look – new fiber-cement siding and paint, with stained wood pergolas and black iron detailing. A reworked front and back yard with sod and foundation plantings, as well as a new concrete driveway. The rear deck was replaced and provides a fantastic outdoor living space. We considered building a separate two-car garage in the rear of the lot with an apartment living space above – we’ve got the plans if that interests you.
When it comes right down to it, the purchase of a home is more than just bricks and mortar. You are looking for a home that allows you to enjoy the lifestyle you always have dreamed about. With easy access to Wake County’s fantastic amenities and the natural beauty of the greater Triangle, and a home base right in the middle, your dreams can become reality.
It is difficult to fully understand the unique attractive features of this home. And while we have provided many additional pictures, virtual tour, and other details on our website, it’s really best just to experience it in person.