Monday, August 24, 2009

A Bungalow Transformation

One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the Buckhead area of Atlanta is called 'Haynes Manor'. The neighborhood was developed between the late 1920s and the 1940s; most of the homes are charming bungalows, cottages, and small manor style homes influenced by French and English style. I have shown quite a few pictures of homes from Haynes Manor on my blog through the years, and this is the area that design luminaries Dan Carithers and Suzanne Kasler call home.

When walking through the area, it is remarkable to see how few homes have been torn down and replaced with new homes. The majority of homeowners instead choose to carefully renovate the original homes, and love the quirky charm and unique features characteristic to older homes. I pass by one such home on one of my favorite dog walking routes, and was amazed to see pictures of its transformation on the Land Plus facebook page. This home, which is owned by the founders of Land Plus Associates, one of the premiere land planning and landscape architecture firms in Atlanta, was featured in Southern Living in 2007.


Here is a picture of the Buckhead bungalow as it looks today. This looks exactly like the storybook style house I used to draw as a child, complete with a welcoming path from the sidewalk, a big bay window, and an American flag waving by an arched entry covered with vines.


A close-up of the front door. I love the shutters on the door - it looks like they can actually be closed should the owners decide that they want a bit more privacy. My favorite doors have windows in them, but sometimes it can be a bit much to have so much of a view into a home. The shutters are the perfect solution!


Off the driveway, there is an arbor gate entry into the rear yard.


A view of the back yard and the rear elevation of the home. If I had a back yard like this, I'm not sure I would ever want to go on vacation - what a beautiful oasis in the middle of a busy city.


A grouping of container gardens bring some color into the backyard.


This is one of my favorite features - a charming guest house over the two car garage. I love the entrance to the house, which is focused on the backyard. The owners say that their guests love the privacy and beauty of the guest house.


The owners call this area 'the morning courtyard' - a perfect place to drink a cup of coffee and read the paper.


The kitchen was transformed when the owners moved into the home 10 years ago.


My favorite feature in a kitchen - an expanse of windows over the sink.


The dining room in the renovated home; I have the same dining room chairs, and I like how the owners have slipcovered them and use a different chair at the head of the table.


The renovated family room. I love the sidelights on the doors that lead outside to the back.

Now - here are the before and after pictures side by side! This is where the full transformation of the bungalow can really be appreciated.

front_before front_after

On the left, the bungalow before the transformation. The home had been 'updated', but the original charm and character of the 1930s bungalow had been stripped out of the home. The owners' realtor had seen the house and knew that they could do a stunning transformation and restore the home back to its original charm. On the right, the home as it is today. It is fascinating to see the changes - the basic shape of the home is the same, but the details have been improved with a stunning result. All of the windows have been changed, and are much more in line with the feel of the neighborhood and the original age of the home (built in 1930). The front entrance is much more beautiful now with its arch and greenery. I love the dormer window added to the roofline on the right, and the charming gas lamp by the front walk.

back_before2 back_after

On the left, the back of the home before the renovation - a series of small windows with very little relation between the inside and the outside, the house and the yard. On the right, the backyard as it is today - the addition of an arbor and the stone wall softens and beautifies the back, and makes more of a connection between the hardscape and the home.

back_before pool_after

On the left, the back yard before. It looks like the owners kept the same pool, but refurbished the decking and clearly transformed the hardscape and landscape of the back yard.

kitchen_before kitchen2_after

On the left, the kitchen as it was before the transformation. On the right, the kitchen, after. It looks like there were quite a few structural changes to the space, based on this picture.

It is always inspirational to see an older home that is given a new life with an expert renovation by owners with vision and talent. Given that far fewer people are tearing down and building right now, due to the downturn in the economy and the greater awareness of the 'green' aspect of preserving and reusing what is already there, I found this example of a beautifully renovated home to be particularly interesting.

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  1. What a charming home! I love how lush the garden is that surrounds the pool. That makes the area feel so lush and private.

  2. thank you for this tour, especially the before and afters. amazing transformation. love how the house integrated into the landscape

  3. Another wonderful example of bigger not always being better. There is something about the charm of an older home that is just so hard to duplicate in a new home. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and thoughtful renovation.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous. I love every bit of it!!

  5. What a beautiful home! I would feel like I'm coming home to my own fairy tale cottage pulling up here.

  6. Very nice! And proper shutters only where they work.


  7. A lot more character and charm than a new house!

  8. i think i remember seeing this lovely home in southern living? great pics...thanks for sharing!

  9. What a transformation. This home is beautiful inside and out.


  10. Just terrific!!!!!!! Thank-you for the excellent tour.

    Stop by!

    P.S. Love the pool area.......

    love, kelee

  11. Wow! What an impressive renovation -- I can't believe how much light they managed to add in. I think my favorite feature though is that backyard. The arbor gate is just so charming.

  12. It's so much fun to be able to see what a difference each change made from the before and after. I just love what they did with it! It really is a "storybook" kind of house.

    And now I'm thinking what I really need is a "morning courtyard" to read the paper in. How fabulous would that be? :-)

    P.S. Funny that we both did bungalow makeovers!

  13. This is amazing! I love how they stayed true to the style and look of the house...but just enhanced it and made it even better! Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful transformation!

  14. Such a storybook home. I love how the windows really made the difference! the garage apt. is so charming to - easy to do - add a door, a stair, a window! the back yard is so gorgeous. I don't like the kitchen though - my only complaint - you knew I would have one!

  15. Thanks Ms. Inspire, this one hit my sweet spot. They did so much to the front. It's public art for folks who won't get invited in.

    The lamppost, the curvy walk, the dormer, the vent in the tallest gable, the entrance curves and beefy columns, the shutters and the dovecote thing, the new curvy roof over the bay, the new chunky triple-window on the left with the massive flower box. And then the dog sculpture.

  16. What an amazingly beautiful transformation! It is really inspiring to see a house such as this. Thanks for the look, Hugs, Cindy S

  17. A Beautiful bungalow.. I think my fave feature is the guest house over the garage as well.

  18. I love bungalows, in fact I love anything Craftsman Architecture.

    The shuttered doors and windows are fabulous and add such a wonderful charm to the entire home.

  19. Absolutely stunning! It really takes a creative mind to visualize this kind of transformation...I wouldn't have known where to start...this was a work of art!


  20. I love how the house integrated into the landscape. Thank you for this tour.


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  21. Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous pics - I had palpitations when I saw that pool! I have a kidney shaped pool and needed inspiration - this is it!!! Tracey xx

  22. I think this house may be a Spitzmiller Norris remodel. I very much remember studying it when we built a home about 10 years ago or so. Very charming.


  23. I believe this remodel is a Spitzmiller Norris. I can remember studying it 10 years ago or so when we built a custom home. Very charming.

  24. Wow, they did a lovely job with the renovation. I think I like the family room the best because of all of the natural light. Great post!

  25. This is great! I live south of Atlanta, and do love when I get to drive through the old neighborhoods to see houses like this!

  26. Isn't that something?! Love how you put the before and after exterior shots side by side. It's so interesting to see the details!

    ~ Pam

  27. Loved seeing this transformation! Thanks for sharing--great houses big and small need to be preserved and loved.

  28. YUM........your post is fabulous.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  29. What a lovely tour. Thank you.

    I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
    Its So Very Cheri

  30. Oh my-- I think I could move in there in a heart beat.

    Such a wonderful tour-- thanks for the side by side before and afters.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  31. This place is beautiful! I could live here. The kitchen is beautiful, the grounds are beautiful! Oh, I'd love to tour in person. Thanks for sharing.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  32. wow! love the pic tour!

  33. What a beautifully transformed home. I love how bright and cheery it looks. The landscaping is also so pretty and really showcases the home. Hugs, Marty

  34. Loved the transformation! Beautiful pics, just my style of home. Cindy

  35. Now that is my idea of heaven in a house, forget mansions, too difficult to live in! I had friends who lived in Buckhead many years ago. So much character in that neighborhood.

  36. What a pretty home - thanks for sharing.

  37. What a transformation! It's such a fabulous home. The kitchen looks amazing.


  38. Those pictures make me drool and have inspired. What a fabulous house. The landscaping is incredible too. I am inspired by that house.

  39. Love it!! I am saving this to show the architect when we do phase two of our house renovation. this is the look I am going for. right now our house looks too stark and I want that story book look. thanks for sharing!!

  40. This is such a beautiful home. I absolutely adore the backyard -- I could spend the whole summer sitting out there, enjoying the gorgeous landscaping and the pool. Of course, I'd have to hire a gardener and a pool boy to keep it all looking so perfect while I'm relaxing ;-)

    The changes to the exterior are fabulous. It's great that they basically just improved upon what was already there.

    You have fabulous houses in your neighbourhood!!


  41. This house has a coziness about it...I really like how it wasn't torn down as so many are and made into "McMansions". The transformation of the home is really nice....makes you want to stop in for a while!
    I'll have to keep my eyes peeled on my bike ride through Buckhead tomorrow.

  42. I am amazed at what a difference the little details make. I especially love the windows.

  43. Thanks for the tour, I love home tours. Gorgeous place, the redo was so appropriate for the style of the house. Gardens and all are beautiful.

  44. That is a metamorphosis! It's interesting because the changes are fairly subtle but make a world of difference. I just love "before and afters"!
    It really makes you appreciate what was done.
    Thank you for sharing another beautiful post.


  45. Thank you for the comments, everyone! It is nice to see that people respond just as much, if not more, to the smaller and more charming homes in Buckhead. I need to create a Haynes Manor tour of homes post - there are so many charming and beautiful homes in this area.

  46. First time here, via Erika's blog--- this post won me over though, I love before and after!

  47. I love this post, what a differance! Style comes out of thier pores...as for my post, yes , it is a kip bay room. I can't imagine it was pretty in person, but good to know, for it sure did not look good in the photos. I would love to see the rooms in person, I am jealous. Thanks for playing.

  48. Amazing transformation! Wonderful post!

  49. What a lovely house! I have backyard envy - the pool, the gardens - I would love to escape there. Maybe I could take up residence in the garage apartment?

    Your post was timely for me. Yesterday I drove by a house that had French country bones, but I felt it needed some tweaking to get the style right. It looked like a "before" picture and I'd love to see someone come along and give us a great "after" picture. Your post is an example of a house that has great bones and then someone did just the right tweaking.

    Thanks for another great post!

  50. Really like what they did with the dining room.

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  52. Thanks for the tour. It's amazing what someone with a little 'vision' can do to transform a nice house into a neighborhood standout. The before and after photos were great.

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