Ready for Our Close Up
If binge watching HGTV shows is your guilty pleasure, rest assured that you’re in a safe space. From gathering home décor inspiration to seeing total home remodels, it’s our guilty pleasure, too. Imagine our surprise when we got the opportunity to actually be featured on one of our favorite network shows.
You might be asking, where is “Love It or List It” located? While it varies depending on the season, you can expect the “Love It or List It” location to be in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill triangle in North Carolina. As of 2021, Clark Hall opened a design studio in Raleigh, exposing us to new opportunities like this one!
We’ve been keeping a big secret since the fall of 2020 when “Love It or List It” host Hilary Farr officially signed off on a custom iron door CAD drawing with Clark Hall. Finally, the moment we were all waiting for happened in September 2022 when the new episode “Hilary Loves It or Lists It” aired. This time, Farr sat in the client’s seat and chose between her dream custom cottage and a new build on the other side of town. Obviously, there was so much that went into the process from design to installation, and we want to thank our hard working team for making it happen. Here’s a look at what went on behind the scenes.
The Door Design
To fit her vision of creating a contemporary cottage home, Farr chose a unique modern door combination. When asked about her design inspiration, Farr said “From the very beginning, I always wanted the English cottage look at the front but with an unexpected element…the door. With two stories, I wanted light and a statement door and now that I’m in a brick house, I need juxtaposition with that. The home has three peaks, three different levels and that is why I chose the arch and material. The material gave me something light and not heavy.”
Using textured Flemish glass, a Burnt Copper finish, and a bold, round silhouette, it tied in nicely with the home’s overall exterior, and added a timeless design element. She also decided to use a local brand for the hardware, Longleaf—we loved the emphasis “Love It or List It” placed on working with businesses in the community.
According to Farr, the Flemish glass is one of her favorite elements. She adds, “I wanted it to be a surprise when you walk in the front door that it’s contemporary on the inside. The door is the perfect go-between. It makes its own statement, it’s not traditional, it’s not hard edge contemporary, it’s perfect in literally any setting.”
When you’re working on a high-profile project and coordinating with a production team, you might think that installation day for a “Love It or List It” home would be chaotic, but it was actually quite seamless. Of course, there was a little bit more preparation involved for the team to make sure they and the truck were camera-ready, but otherwise, the experience was very professional and smooth — in fact, we were the only contractors on the job on install day!
“Overall it was a cool experience seeing it come together and then later seeing it on TV. I thought it was going to be this huge production and when we got there, it was just the photographer and builder,” says Clark Hall Superintendent Josh Simpson.