In 2009, Michael & Alexia Joyce decided to create a new bridal salon brand and chose to locate it in an historic residence on Academy Street in downtown Cary, NC. The existing house held a prominent location in the heart of the Cary National Register Historic District. Conceived as an adaptive reuse of the residence built in the later part of the 19th century, the project consisted of much needed upgrades to major elements such as the roof, porch framing, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.
The exterior was given a facelift with new paint, window restoration and landscaping. Foundation shrubs were removed to show off the handsome columned wrap-around porch. Pea gravel was used for the required parking and walkways, a storage shed was retained, and large trees were preserved. Attention to these details maintains the residential flavor of the property. On the interior, the floors were refinished and the plaster walls and ceilings repaired. Woodwork was painted. The 1940s kitchen was restored complete with its drain board sink, open shelving and beadboard cabinets. The dwelling’s bright, spacious rooms and simple yet dignified woodwork are an ideal setting for the bridal gowns that are the stock-in-trade of its new occupant, Lana Addison Bridal Shop.