Originally, we meant to just remodel and sell the house because we loved living next door. Having turned a restoration hobby into a business years ago, Paula and I simply wanted to restore the place with integrity before someone tore it down. We did some detective work to figure out the original layout of the house, which had been converted to a triplex in the early 1970s, and began tearing down the rotted back-porch-turned-kitchen to make room for an addition to expand the interior's 1,500 square feet.
We wanted to restore and rebuild the house in a way that created the smallest carbon footprint possible, so we reclaimed and reused as much material as possible. We also chose eco-friendly systems when we could, including a tankless water heater.
Shown: Homeowners Kara O'Brien and Paula Rose in the restored sunroom. Original beadboard ceilings and walls frame new casement windows milled from antique heart pine and accented with stained glass. Salvaged French doors channel light into the adjoining living room.
Custom stained glass and antique leaded glass repair: Tom Marr, Atlanta, GA