After spending a few years in a 1,400-square-foot, one-story bungalow with choppy environs and three bedrooms in Virginia-Highland, a young couple in their early 30s (he’s a community development finance professional, and she’s a teacher) decided it was time to start a family. They considered moving to a larger home, but since they had fallen in love with their current neighborhood and its proximity to restaurants, the BeltLine and Piedmont Park, the pair decided to stay put and undertake a full renovation to better accommodate a family that now includes a 2-year-old boy, baby girl born in July and one “crazy golden retriever.” The couple contacted talented designers Jenny and Eric Rothman—the husband-and-wife duo behind Atlanta-based boutique residential design studio Rothman + Rothman Design (rothmandesign.net)—to create a brand-new dwelling better suited to their lifestyle, complete with an exterior that meshes aesthetically with the neighborhood (marked by a front door in a vibrant coral hue), but interiors that were more open, bright and modern than traditional bungalows. The result? A 3,200-square-foot, five-bedroom Craftsman-style masterpiece with a reconfigured main level offering better flow for living and entertaining; a folding wall system and covered porch overlooking the backyard for an indoor-outdoor feel; and a second story with a master suite, two additional bedrooms and playroom.
Among the highlights: a minimal yet functional kitchen replete with a soft white palette accented by natural wood, and charcoal blue and brass accents; warm gray marble counters and shaker-style cabinets; plentiful storage; and high-end appliances (including a 48-inch Bertazzoni range), along with a showstopping antique-style mirror from Larson-Juhl that covers the fireplace from mantle to ceiling. “We wanted it to look like it was always there, as an homage to the original house,” says Jenny. “ere were lots of logistics involved, but, in the end, it is one of our favorite things because it is so dramatic when you enter the home.”
The final outcome: “The house feels young, modern and comfortable,” she concludes. “The many windows and open layout bring light and energy into the space, but the design is catered to a family lifestyle. One of the best features of the house is its versatility and ability to shift from a family home to an entertaining space.”