A Southern Living Space with Global Appeal
Lauren and Justin Agans were at a fork in the road. The young couple had lived in their circa-1945 Plaza Midwood neighborhood home in Charlotte, North Carolina for about two and a half years when they decided they either needed to make the move to nearby Asheville or renovate. Dated, cherry-red Formica kitchen counters and floor-to-ceiling wood paneling throughout the home required a complete makeover, while the home’s choppy floor plan desperately needed breathing room. “You walked into this long room that went to nowhere,” says Lauren. “Our kitchen was in the front of the house right by our son’s nursery. After having kids, we realized how inconvenient it was to have our living spaces so close to the bedrooms.” But when the couple laid out the pros and the cons of moving or staying put, the Aganses made the decision to stay. “We couldn’t leave this house and not see it all the way through to its potential,” says Lauren.