During the construction, four months in all, the designing pair did not neglect the exterior of the house. Although the pink paint had been its trademark, Kim decided to calm down the facade with Sherwin-Williams's Universal Khaki, which gives the house a handsome, timeless look. Sprucing up the 75-by-130-foot lot was another priority. "We completely gutted the landscape," says Kim. The small backyard now has a rough-hewn-marble patio, and, in the front yard, Kim designed four raised beds for organic gardens, had an irrigation system tunneled in, and dug a well to supply it. She did much of the dirty work herself, planting marsh grasses and rosemary hedges that now flourish along river-rock pathways. "I keep clippers in the front and tell my neighbors to cut their own rosemary," she says.
There was one thing Beveridge did that surprised both contractor and client. "We removed the rickety aluminum carport that somebody had attached to the front of the garage. It made almost a bigger difference than anything else we did," he says. Revealed: a brick arch over the carriage doors, each with a little window, and the cottage's original well-thought-out symmetry. "You could tell whoever built this house really loved it," Beveridge says. And it's also obvious that the person who lives in it now loves it even more. Her decision about staying in Georgia? That's been made, too. Says Kim, "This is where I will spend the next chapter of my life."
Shown: The wood-framed screened porch, built 10 feet deep, has a corrugated metal roof.