“We loved the home, and we loved Denise,” Carpenter said.
The Carpenters' home was built with hand-carved wood floors and high-end granite surfaces, but “we customized some of the fixtures” and other details, with Patterson helping them every step along the way.
“It went way beyond our contract,” Carpenter said.
For Patterson, building has gone way beyond the actual house itself — she said it has been fun and different to begin to specialize in pool and custom backyard design and construction.
Like most of what she does, that started in her own home.
With no experience, “I promised my kids,” Patterson said, “that I'd build us a pool.”
Creating a free-form pool with a beach entry accompanied by a stacked-stone spa and a nearby outdoor fireplace, Patterson was so satisfied with the result that she began sharing her newfound expertise with clients.
A woman working in a male-dominated industry, Patterson said that in her early years she was asked what she was doing on a job site. Sometimes she was even asked “if I knew what I was doing.”
Today, not a chance.
“They know me by now,” Patterson said. “It's all about the result.”
Patterson's current home is a four-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot design with an open living area and emphasis on family spaces, including an exercise room and a theater room.
“I installed the same granite countertops in my house I put in the homes I build for clients,” Patterson said.
Same goes for most woodwork, stains and finishes, “although I've started to go with warmer tones in my new projects.”
Every home she builds is “rewarding,” she said. “I take a raw piece of land, and end up with a home for someone.”