HISTORIC HOME TOUR: Sutherland House


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One two-story home featured on the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour recently underwent a major renovation.

The historic Sutherland House is 75 years old and located on Colonial Drive.

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The original owners were Benjamin Sutherland and Lillie Belle Wells. He owned a fertilizer manufacturing company in Wilmington. The couple originally paid $100 for the land and $10,000 for the home.

After purchasing the home a few years ago, Lisa and David Nieves originally intended to do a few minor renovations but their plans quickly morphed into a much larger project.

“We’ve just put a lot of attention into every detail,” said Lisa Nieves. “We did a dramatic remodel and just really refined the home.”

The renovations were completed just in time for the couple’s wedding last June which was held on the front lawn.

The downstairs features formal living and dining rooms as well as a sunroom containing a variety of live plants and collectibles Lisa finds at antique stores.

When you step inside the kitchen, the first thing you notice is a large window above the sink which overlooks the backyard terrace. There is also a large entertainment room which has its own entrance to a side courtyard.

All the bedrooms upstairs were completely renovated and have been furnished with luxurious blush and grey textiles which are the same colors used prominently throughout the house.

The Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Azalea Festival Home Tour runs Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Click here http://ncazaleafestival.org/event/historic-home-tour/ for ticket information.