Revival Construction is proud to have been the builder on this 2013 Shutze Award winning renovation.
The house at 999 West Wesley Road in Atlanta, Georgia, was designed by Clement J. Ford circa 1951. The current owners purchased the house in the summer of 2011 from the original owners. The designer, owners, and builder were all familiar with the architect’s work and suspected that the original owners had failed to implement Ford’s vision to its fullest, perhaps because of budgetary constraints. Stock mouldings had been used throughout, hollow core doors had been used in the private areas, and knotty pine paneling fully covered the walls in three rooms and ran under that chair rail moulding throughout the original dining room and all hallways. The new owners saw the house’s possibilities and set out to restore the house to its full architectural potential.
Architecturally, the renovation included exterior details such as a new slate roof, copper gutters, exterior shutters, and a new sunroom trim package. In addition, several doors were replaced. The original front door, which was not as designed by Clem Ford on his original drawings, was replaced with a door modeled on an 18th century design by Asher Benjamin. Stock sunroom doors were replaced with custom doors that aligned with adjacent windows. The interior architectural changes included the replacement of all interior doors, door hardware, and mouldings. A new arched opening was created in the front hall, and recessed bookcases were installed in the den. Deep door and window jambs were added or enhanced with paneling,, and an architectural niche was added in the new dining room.
During the renovation, the kitchen/laundry room was gutted, a breakfast room was created in the space of the original screened porch, and the original maid’s room and bath were converted into a laundry room and office. In addition, the dining room was relocated to the former paneled study at the front of the house, and the den now occupies the former dining room on the back of the house. The sunroom, which had been added at some point after the original construction, was reconfigured as a large family room with built in cabinetry for toys, games, and electronics. While the original plans showed a powder room, the space had never been completed. This area was reconfigured, and a new powder room created. In addition, many doorways were relocated or added to allow for two enfilades offering sweeping views through the house, as well as to enhance circulation.
When the current owners purchased the house, it had been modified slightly since its original construction: the kitchen and laundry rooms had been combined during a kitchen renovation in the 1980’s, and a new sunroom had been added beyond the original screened porch.
The goal of the new owners’ renovation in 2011 was twofold: 1) to raise the interior and exterior architecture of the house to its full potential, and 2) to reconfigure and remodel the interiors in order to provide more efficient and comfortable living spaces for a modern family.
The renovation was a success in both form and function. It achieved something that is not always easy to create: a formal, elegant house that is also a comfortable, livable home.