“Before we bought the house, I would pass by it while walking my dogs, and I could just tell it had so much character,” Wendy says. Interior designer: Wendy Meredith Interior Design, Inc.; 404/351-0142.
“But it definitely needed to be freshened up.”Wendy called in Atlanta architect Brad Heppner, and the two immediately started working on curb appeal as their first project. Shutter and front door paint: Mopboard Black (CW123); Pratt & Lambert. Check out the small changes that made a big difference in the Merediths’ home. A former bedroom, now the sitting room, opens to the courtyard via new French doors. The back porch was converted into a butler’s pantry and wet bar. Removing a wall united the kitchen and breakfast room. A centered, space-saving pocket door now connects the kitchen and dining room. Landscape designer: Holly Cater, Pengelly’s Landscape & Garden, Inc..
Come along as we do a quick walk-through of the process!
Like I said, a few had been installed prior to purchasing, builder-grade carpet with terrible seam jobs and a fresh coat of paint in a not so great dark tan color.
We knew we wouldn’t be in the house more than a few years so dishing out more money for real hardwood just wasn’t in the budget.
Beyond adding in a ceiling fixture, the remaining updates were merely decorative and furniture purchases. AFTER We’re really not much for a formal dining space, and this room was just that.
silk ikat through Brunschwig & Fils and Lee Jofa's Fairlight floral bring garden colors to the living room window seat, which is upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon's Delphina. The original architect-owner of the late-1930s house designed the living room around a Federal-period chimneypiece.
You may be able to rethink the upstairs spaces, too, since the partitions are probably not structural, giving you the freedom to remove or reposition them to enlarge one or more rooms or entirely reconfigure the floor plan.
The main living spaces are on the first floor, laid out in most instances around a center entrance.
Most Capes are symmetrical, with two windows on either side of the front door. In fact, many Capes built immediately after World War II were sold initially with their upper stories left unfinished.
The word snug comes to mind when I think of the Cape Cod House.
These are efficient and economical houses, putting the one-story Basic House back in business.