home of distinction JJEREMY BISHOP of Sterling Construction was tasked with making the dream
“The living room sets the stage for the whole house and it allows the family
to be together,” he says. “They brought coastal Beaufort charm to Figure Eight.”
Authentic coastal charisma naturally exposes itself through the shiplap trim,
sailcloth fans and a rope and cleat railing detail. Jeff Fuchs of FFT Cabinetry built
the home’s custom cabinetry, creating seamless function and style throughout.
In the contrasting-color kitchen, a concrete countertop fuses with reclaimed
walnut from an RJ Reynolds teardown in Winston-Salem to form an eat-in
L-shaped dining peninsula. The reclaimed wood, which Donna fell in love with,
is also featured atop the home’s bookshelves on two levels, emphasizing cohesive
design throughout. Beecher, Charlotte and Claire search for their handpicked
family collection of oyster shells embedded in the concrete countertops.
“I drove the shells down when they were mixing the concrete,” Donna says.
“We found a lot of the shells last year after Hurricane Matthew.”
The Aldredges collected the shells on family vacations to the Bahamas and
Aruba in addition to Beaufort and Figure Eight Island.
“The house has a great material palette that reflects Donna’s personality —
easy and relaxed. It is a good throwback to where they came from in the coun-try,
like when the wood added warmth to the concrete,” Bishop says.
Left: The eat-in L-shaped dining peninsula seats 10. Below, from left: The light-and-
bright kitchen by Jeff Fuchs, FFT Cabinetry, shows prime functionality with
plenty of storage, seating and innovative design, including his signature built-in
paper towel holder with drawer storage behind it. Seashells collected from
family vacations can be found in the custom concrete counter tops.