Extreme Makeovers

9 - 10 - 2012


Sometimes Anders and I are lucky enough to take on the task of a whole house makeover. This home is situated on a beautiful street in our neighborhood – what a setting! But it was looking a little “tired” and really didn’t reflect the fun and youthful personality of our clients. Now it has a beautiful roofline, slate shingles, a 2-story cast stone entryway, a soft stucco finish over the busy red brick, and several large raised planters that are the hallmark of this garden design. Truly an extreme makeover if there ever was one.

It is our greatest challenge when we approach a home renovation to retain the original charm that our clients love about their homes, while combining their new goals and wishes for changes to their homes. We have some rules we never stray far from:

o Being sympathetic to the style and bones of the home – retaining it’s character 

o Injecting the personality of our clients style and taste into the finished result 

o Understanding how they live or want to live in their homes 

o Maximizing space – and capturing space where there was none o Bringing an unexpected beauty to their home

Anders is very talented at spatial planning – he can see through walls and ceilings. In this recently completed renovation, Anders combined 5 rooms – and attic space to create an open and integrated kitchen, breakfast and family living space. Before the renovation the kitchen, breakfast, and den were small and didn’t flow well. The new space opens up to a beautiful outdoor room accessible by multiple french doors – so handling a large gathering is a breeze.

The new family room is just steps away from the kitchen. It’s bright and airy and so much larger than the former space. Removing the walls and attic in this home changed the entire space. This home is filled with hand-picked European lighting, and French and Swedish antiques and a mix of comfortable new upholstery pieces.

Formerly this space was right off of the front entry in the home. The interior design was previously more formal, but for this active family this new style fits their sensibilities and is even the gathering place for one of their Christmas celebrations.

Love how we grouped the antique Swedish herbariums behind the Swedish bench. Lamps are from Angie Tyner Antiques in Atlanta.

This home has become a favorite drive-by in the neighborhood, and it seems like it’s always looked just the way it does today.

xo Terry