Second Story Addition
in Druid Hills

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Druid Hills

Second story

Originally a 1-story brick ranch, we added a second story to the house; nearly doubling the square footage. The second floor shows a modern approach to the mid-century styling of the original house, with deep eaves and structural cantilevers.

  1. Originally: 1960's ranch
  2. Timeline: 4 months planning, 6 months build
  3. Challenges: Historic district regulations, foundation reinforcement

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Exterior

With a cantilevered second floor addition, this ranch was nearly doubled in size. Deep soffit overhangs and rain-screened, Hardie board cement board and batten siding blend into the historic neighborhood and pay deep homage to the house’s 1960’s mid-century styling.

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Exterior

Original brick and blends into the new second floor. The new second floor windows were carefully located to rhyme with the original first floor windows. The siding color and trim accent colors compliment the neighboring houses to the left and right.

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Entryway

Rough cedar columns and a mid-century styled front door lend a welcoming, covered entryway. Exterior tile provides a non-slip surface.

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Living Room

The view from the dining space shows the open concept main floor. A ceiling vault with spans exceeding 20 linear feet like this can only be achieved with careful planning, engineered lumber, and advanced framing know-how. Custom trapazoidal glass work makes the space a sun-filled retreat.

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Vault!

The 15′ vaulted ceiling is offset by a custom cloud soffit above the kitchen cabinets, playing geometric shapes against each other. The deck beyond the dining area beckons to let the outdoors in.

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Chandelier

A sputnik chandelier hanging in the dining area throws lots of light and style into the space. It also highlights the mid-century design inspiration throughout the house.

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Pendants

Down pendants hang above the oversized kitchen island. The waterdrop styling of the pendants play a contrast against the euclidean geometry of the sputnik light in the dining space.

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Kitchen

Accent and task lighting makes sure that this space is anything but dark. Stainless steel appliances contrast with the mid-century styled flat-panel Wellborn cabinetry.

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Kitchen

Custom Wellborn cabinetry allows us to tuck appliances out of sight but close at hand.

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Master Bedroom

Our use of truss construction allows for a complicated, long-span vault in the master bedroom. Finish in place oak floors finish the room, and yard-facing windows bring in plenty of light.

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Master Bathroom

Custom mirror, tile, and glass work compliment the his and hers vanity in the master bathroom.

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Master Shower

Vertical subway tile and a custom tile accent strip gleam in the master shower.

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Handrail detail

Custom horizontal handrail details match the period of the original house, and show the care and attention to detail by the carpentry crew. Every fastener was pre-drilled to ensure that the wood didn’t split or splinter.

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Brickwork

This project is in the Druid Hills historic preseveration district. The neighborhood guidelines prohibited us from painting the brick. With window and door openings that changed, we had to patch in openings with salvaged bricks from other jobs.

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