Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Flashback…My Atlanta Addition, “The Nest”

Sometimes I do miss my home in Atlanta. In the Fall of 2007, J & I set forth on an addition of a bedroom and adjoining bath in wasted attic space that we had no use of before. The area was simply blocked by a solid wall. If you look at the front of the house there was a functional window that led to nowhere. Making J change the flower boxes seasonally and hang Christmas finery, he noticed what he thought was abundant space in that enclosed area. We then set out to hire a contractor/carpenter to “break though” a linen closet outside the upstairs laundry room. Once he broke through (literally), it was evident to all that space was no issue.
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I had the best time (maybe he did not think so) working with our contractor, Josh B of Burg Built and his masterful team. J & I outlined our vision, presented our vision boards, and set out to make this space a comfortable place.
The addition started off with breaking through the existing roof (while we were on vacation no less). This was the scariest part for us. Would the existing roof match the new one? How would this new addition affect the appearance of the front facade of our home which I liked so much?
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From break through to completion, the room took what felt like a year but was approximately 2-3 months.
DURING CONSTRUCTION:
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AFTER CONSTRUCTION
(This is what I consider the fun part, of course):
As you can see, the bedroom features include a window seat, built-ins, and great lighting sconces from Restoration Hardware. The bedding is Pottery Barn. The bed is an antique bed from an Atlanta Antique dealer no longer in business. The antique crystal chandelier was an antique find at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta. Drapes are custom made. Fabric is from Lewis & Sheron, Atlanta.
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The adjoining bath features white subway tile, bead board, wainscoting, vintage hexagonal tile for the floor, rain shower, antique mirror used as a mirror for the medicine cabinet, sconces from Restoration Hardware, and a built in for towels and bath accessories.
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I think the addition turned out beautifully. Do you? The room has forever been deemed “The Nest”.
The addition of the bedroom and bath certainly helped us in the resale of our home in the summer of 2008. I hope the present owners appreciate the room with a view.
Though living through an addition is never easy, the outcome was well worth it in more ways than one.
Upon leaving the job the contractor ended with newfound wisdom and the quote, “If I can please Ron, I can certainly please you!” LOL. Yes! I expect perfection. He even felt that might be a great new sign for his business. Haha!
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20 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I'd be one of those guests that came and then quietly.......never left! What color did you choose for the wall? p.s. I still love your NOLA house best!

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    1. Hi Deb-

      The color was actually a color match of the drapes, Benjamin Moore. I looked but I cannot find where I placed the name. Sorry! Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous--I can see why you sometimes miss that house, but I have to agree with Deb, your home in NOLA is the essence of Southern! It's time for you to give us a "virtual" tour of another part of your home. :)

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  3. Gorgeous. I do not have the decorating gene. Will you come consult for my house?

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    1. Thanks. I would be happy to look at pictures and offer any advice. Thanks for following!

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  4. It turned out GREAT-I love it! I have rehabbed 14 houses over the years (to get to this one). I am a perfectionist, too. I once ripped out a wall right after the plastering guy went home because it had been put in wrong...I know...love me/hate me.

    I'll bet you hated to leave that house-but-you are right- all that renovation certainly helped with the sale.

    GREAT job- xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana-

      Yes. I hated to leave but love being closer to family in New Orleans. Thanks for the nice comments and for stopping by. xo

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  5. Wowza! What a fabulous addition! I would be showing up on your doorstep quite often if I had known you back then. Great job!!!

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment. And thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Great addition! Love your color choices and the bird and egg prints.
    Thanks for the inspiration to finish re-decorating my guest bedroom.
    Babs

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  7. Loved touring the Nest. I wonder what it looks like today. xo Jill

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  8. Ok - I am not a stalker, lol - just browsing through your blog - this is incredible - love love love it!
    Great job!

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  9. LOVE the Nest!

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  10. So lovely! I really love how it turned out.

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  11. Ron, what a great addition. Beautifully decorated. I love that large bird print over the bed. Thanks for sharing at Wow. I need a link back to the party, please.

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  12. So much perfection here! I love this usable and beautiful space. What an immaculate lawn and gardens you had too. I want to view more of your blog now!

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  13. Hello Ron! Just found you over at Savvy Southern Style today. What a wonderful home~looks as if you have put a lot of love into it! Angie

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  14. I love this house! I am wanting to build a similar house, where did you get your blueprints for this house? Can you tell me anything else about this house? I appreciate it!

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    1. Kayla--- Brock Built Homes in Atlanta but we worked with them to add custom touches and finishes
      Thanks for stopping by.

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