A Home from the 20's Comes Roaring Back

Historic Estate Home Meets Modern Living

This 1928 gracious brick and limestone home conjured a classical mystique that enticed the eager architectural appetites of the current owners and is what lead them to put a note in the mailbox asking to call if they ever thought of selling.  But an eventual tour of the interior was an expedition into darkness, navigating through a 35-door labyrinth of gloomy ocher walls, clutter and confusion.

It was HammerSmith’s task to turn this medieval nightmare into a modern-day dream home suitable for serious entertaining, organized wine tastings, charity events and raising three young children.  In order to brighten the interior, lighting was of utmost importance. They started at the top -- by adding a cupola -- allowing the sun’s rays to burst through a three-story atrium down through the core of the house to a serene pond below. From there, light reflects off the water to shimmer on the natural Venetian plastered walls.  As light shapes and shifts throughout, the estate is cast under an entirely new light that glows from every angle.

It’s difficult to grasp the fact that this is even the same house, but it’s unfathomable to envision how HammerSmith managed to modernize a house – built during the 1920’s -- without eroding its historical framework. The new back terrace, outdoor fireplace and grill area is a complete transformation of the ravine it used to be.  Custom steel doors match the original steel windows. The kitchen is a testament to timelessness, and the master suite is pure delight.  In a suburban city of cookie-cutter mega-mansions, HammerSmith’s ability to preserve timeless design is a much needed refreshment for Atlanta’s sea of sameness.

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