J. Ryan Duffey Architect and Scout for the Home have a new address

Nancy and I have just completed our new space. J. Ryan Duffey Architect and Scout for the Home are now located at 22 East Andrews Drive – Rear. We didn’t move far, we are behind Sol Alterations and Vintage.

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Here is the view from the alley, just behind Scout’s old location.

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This was the space before we moved in. We were challenged with finding a way to bring in natural light.

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So we decided we better add a window.

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I called on my buddy Rod Gibson to make me an iron window and a pair of iron doors for the entrance.

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After a little paint and housekeeping,

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flagstone added for the threshold,

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and some pea gravel, we are open for business.

We hope you will come visit us in the new space…

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Hank is in the new space too.

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Fairhaven Road Renovation and Addition

The homeowners of this project were empty nesters wanting to downsize who found real potential in this 2 bedroom/1 bath bungalow.  What was an overgrown, unremarkable house became a home with real curb appeal.

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The original home was painted a blue gray color and was concealed by the neglected hedges and a small brick wall with an arbor.

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The front facade of the house did not change structurally but we painted the brick white. Bellwether Landscape Architects created a tidier landscape design that allowed the home to be seen from the street.  The homeowners did not mind losing some lawn so we created two pea gravel parking spaces and added a brick border for a more manicured look.  Tate Builders and Associates were the builders on this renovation and addition.

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This picture shows the new plantings and front entryway.

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Before the renovation and addition there was an alley on the right side of the house, between the original garden gate and the backyard gate, which hid the air conditioning units and trash cans.

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There was an existing studio behind the house.

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The addition on the right side of the house became the new mud/laundry room.  The old gates were replaced with one new one and a garden path was created.

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The new landscape plan was designed so that the owners could easily maintain it on their own.  Beyond the new gate is an outdoor dining area and the studio was painted to match the house.

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This was the deck before the renovation.  The protruding room seen above on the left corner of the house was the existing laundry room and was removed during the renovation.

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The mud/laundry room addition during construction.

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This image is of the new deck during construction.   A trellis was added over the kitchen entrance and a new door was added for access from the new master suite.

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The newly remodeled deck and plantings.

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Below is the interior before the renovation.  The living room, dining room and kitchen were all separate rooms.

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Now when you enter the front door this is your view.

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All custom millwork in the kitchen by Phoenix Millworks.

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The new laundry/mud room addition.

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Pictured above is the master bedroom before the addition.  The french doors opened on to the existing deck.

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There was one tiny bath for the house.

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A master bath and closet were added to the master bedroom creating a roomy master suite.

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Custom cabinetry by Phoenix Millworks.

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A Farmhouse in Serenbe

I am excited to share the latest photos from my first project in Serenbe, GA.  This is a farmhouse on an estate lot that will be used as a primary residence. The homeowners are a young family looking to take advantage of the family-friendly lifestyle offered in the growing community of Serenbe. With strong inspiration images to guide us from the beginning, the farmhouse is intended to represent a relaxed compound of connected buildings. In doing so, a similar palette is used throughout, with varying uses of those materials as you move from volume to volume. Overall, the finished product will be a mix of European stucco walls, natural grey cypress siding, wood shingle roofing, blended with wood and iron windows.

Below are schematic elevations of the original house design concept. With some exceptions, this is generally how the house is intended to look when complete.

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We will keep you posted with the progress.

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The Evans-Cucich house on Peachtree Battle

Many know this house from driving past it on Peachtree Battle for the past 79 years, others are familiar with the lore associated with the home.  I am just thrilled to be a part of such an interesting renovation and addition.

The Evans-Cucich home was designed in 1934 by A.F.N. Everett for Hiram Evans, the Imperial  Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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The original design by A.F.N. Everett in 1934

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The foyer with a view to the staircase.
(photo from the book, Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959, by Robert M. Craig)

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The dining room is located on the left as you enter the house.
(photo from the book, Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959, by Robert M. Craig)

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The original living room room is located on the right as you enter the house.

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A close up of the paneling that was used throughout the main floor.
(photo from the book, Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959, by Robert M. Craig)

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A close up of the chandelier from a New York Hotel that was added later to the house.
(photo from the book, Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959, by Robert M. Craig)

There have been several blog posts written by different people about this home but we plan on doing several of our own so we can share the progress of this project with all of those curious to know how it is going to look.

The new owners of the home expressed their interest in keeping the renovation as true as possible to the original design and plan on using any materials that can be salvaged, for example, lighting and door hardware.  There will be some reconfiguration of existing rooms or door openings and a small addition on the back of the house.

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original sconce at the front door

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light fixture original to the house

I recently read The Peak of Chic blog post about this home and it is believed that the home was acquired by the Cucich’s in the 80s.  I encourage you to take a moment to read this post and please read all of the comments that follow, there were several people who actually knew Mr. Cucich and have great stories about him.

According to one of the reader comments, Mr. Cucich passed away in early 2011 and the house sold soon after only to end up in foreclosure.  That would make about three years that the house has been uninhabited which certainly explains its current state of disrepair.

Here are some of the pictures we took after being hired for the job.

This is the front of the home and the railing you see in the center of the stairs was added later as was the iron gate.

This is the front of the home and the railing you see in the center of the stairs was added later as was the iron gate.

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a closer look of the front door and carved limestone

a few more close-ups of the carved limestone at the front of the house

a detail of the carved limestone at the front of the house

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another detail of the carved limestone

looking at the side entry

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notice the crumbling stairs

notice the crumbling stairs

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a view of the back yard from inside on the main floor

a view of the back yard from inside on the main floor

inside the front door looking at the stair case

inside the front door looking at the stair case

looking into the dining room from the foyer

looking into the dining room from the foyer

 

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The original living room is located on the right as you enter the home.

The mantle and mirror appear to have remained the same.

The mantle and mirror appear to have remained the same.

the zig zag paneling seen throughout the main floor

the zig zag paneling seen throughout the main floor

a close-up of the stair rail

a closer look at the stair rail

the kitchen

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original refrigerator/freezer

this shows the bathroom (left) on the main level and the hall to the side entry (right)

this image shows the bathroom (left) on the main level and the hall to the side entry (right)

A close-up of the bathroom shows a wooden surface built on top of the tub which appears again in other bathrooms.

This picture of the bathroom shows a wooden surface built on top of the tub which appears again in other bathrooms.

the loggia off the main floor

the loggia off the main floor

Stay tuned for more posts about the Evans-Cucich house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baile Dubh Nearly Move-in Ready!

My parents ranch house in Texas is nearly ready. Tune in below for my father’s latest video!

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Announcing the Renovation of 306 Peachtree Battle

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Original Evans-Cucich Residence, 1934, A. F. N. Everett, 306 Peachtree Battle Ave.

J. Ryan Duffey Architect is pleased to have received the commission to renovate this historic home.  Our intention is to restore the existing home while adding modern convenience and a modest rear addition.

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Stay tuned!

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Better Homes and Garden

Now that April has come and gone, I thought I would finally post the pictures from the article featured in Better Homes and Garden about our personal home renovation that my wife and I completed several years ago.

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New House on Peachtree Battle Ave

I keep meaning to post about a house I have designed here in Atlanta. The preliminary design was a ton of fun, and coordinating with the homeowner and landscape architect provided some great imagery that I have wanted to share for a while. Suddenly the roof is framed and I realize I am way behind on updating the progress, so here we go. I will start with the preliminary design sketches……

This site was a challenge because of how steep it is. We aimed to streamline the kind of hardscape and plants that were used, plus consider a pool and appropriate parking, guests, etc. It was clear a good landscape architect was necessary, and Todd and Missy of Bellwether LA were just what the project needed. Take a look at their concept……

Below are a few photo updates that show progress as of this morning:

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Texas Ranch Progress – Main House

My first ever project in the Texas Hill Country is going wonderful. The bunkhouse was the first priority for construction as it acted as a test-tube for the various finishes and methods we would later use on the main house.  Those images are shown in the previous post. Below is a more focused look at the main house progress from start of construction to date.

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The following video covers more progress from the homeowner’s perspective.

To look deeper inside the process:

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Texas Ranch Progress – Bunk House

We began construction of this family compound in late November and the past 3 months have been very productive. First I will cover the progress of the bunkhouse, a 4 bedroom / 2 bath structure:

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Since this project is in Texas, I am not able to see it on a weekly basis like my Atlanta projects. Luckily the homeowner has a lot of fun documenting the process. Check it out:

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