Before + After: A Refined Readjustment in Atlanta

Photography by Jeff Herr

Existing homes that have potential, particularly older ones, are often said to contain “good bones.” What’s commonly understood with this lively description is that although a house may be dated or rough around the edges, it possesses enough attributes and sound features to translate into an improved, better-than-ever makeover. And sometimes, a full-fledged overhaul is in order. Such was the case with this Atlanta Craftsman bungalow and adjacent guesthouse/garage.

As a nod to the English Tudor details found on the exteriors, the architects removed the clunky, brick fireplace in the living room and replaced it with a graceful limestone mantel and larger firebox. This enhanced warming spot can also be appreciated from the nearby dining room.

Built in the 1920s, the home and guesthouse reflected a time when tight, compartmentalized rooms with limited access to the outdoors were the norm. To undo this awkward arrangement and bring life back into both structures, the homeowners called upon well-known architects Frederick Spitzmiller and Robert Norris. Having worked with the owners on a previous residence, the architects welcomed the opportunity to embark on this twofold project.

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