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Heart of the Home Guild's Kitchen Tour Features Ballantyne Homes for First Time By Jodi Werner Greenwald | Tour Photos by Genesis Photography SIX YEARS AGO, the battery charger in Libby and Jim McColgin's robotic vacuum failed to shut off automatically, overheated and caused a fire in their Ballantyne Country Club home. "We lost down to the studs," Libby says of the lower level. There was also soot and smoke damage throughout the house. Their home underwent a nine-month renovation and was featured this fall as part of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte's third annual "Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour." The tour featured Ballantyne homes for the first time. As is typical of many renovations, the one for the McColgins had "scope creep," says Jeanine DeVaney of Charlotte In-Vironments, who designed the project. In addition to renovating the damaged basement, the McColgins refurbished their main-level kitchen and surrounding areas. The basement also included a kitchen. Libby says a must-have feature of the basement renovation was a Miele built-in coffee machine for her husband — a trend seen in many of the eight kitchens on the tour. Asian Flair What set the McColgins' apart was how the couple incorporated art they collected from living and traveling in Southeast Asia for Jim's work in the energy industry. The main-level kitchen has a valance over the sink that conjures a kimono. In both kitchens, vertical glass backsplashes evoke bamboo, and the cabinetry is mahogany, indigenous to Asia. The McColgins worked with Custom Interiors by Rebecca on the decorating. At the heart of the renovation was accessibility, says DeVaney. Midway through construction, the McColgins decided to add an elevator to help elderly family members navigate the floors of the home. Meanwhile, Cheryl and Mark Jensen's Ballantyne home featured a lighter color palette than the McColgins' home. It also showcased an open floor plan that provides what DeVaney refers to as the "lifestyle triangle"— space for cooking, dining and living. After all, "the best parties are in the kitchen!" says DeVaney, who designed the Jensens' renovation as well. Andrew Roby provided the general contracting. "The Jensen family trusted us enough by the end of the project to take a two-week vacation," says Roby project manager Drew Devine. "All the planning was done at the front end. They decided they didn't like the kitchen anymore. It had an old-world flair. The economy had turned for the better, and they wanted a brighter, fresher, more open plan. Cheryl is quite a cook, too." Tastings Since cooking — and eating — are central to kitchen living, tour- goers were treated to tastings at each location. At the McColgins' home, True Crafted Pizza, OGGI and Ballantyne Country Club provided the catering. At the Jensens' home, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Publix and Southminster offered samples. Barbara Kopald and Mary Staton, co-chairs of the tour, say they were excited to feature Ballantyne homes because it helps them increase Symphony Guild awareness in the area. "It was also fun to include the local merchants," Kopald says. The McColgins' lower-level kitchen includes, at left, a built-in coffee machine, an appliance also seen in other tour kitchens. Following an extensive fire six years ago, Libby and Jim McColgin renovated their basement as part of a nine-month project. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 95 WINTER 2016-2017