Home Renovations:1918 Charm Meets 2013 Living

Home Renovations to this colonial-style house in the 1970s and '90s had left some strangeness inside. "The home had grand spaces, 10-foot ceilings and five fireplaces, but not the right kind of spaces for a family with three young kids," says architect and interior designer Ili Nilsson of Terra Cotta Properties. The kids were sharing rooms, the places for study and play were oddly shaped and cramped, and a fireplace had wound up in a hallway. he owners had worked with Nilsson on a smaller project before and called on her again when "they could not take their kitchen for one more second," she says. This time they had a large project in mind: a whole-house renovation and additions. The new spaces include a family room, screened-in porch, mudroom, first-floor guest bedroom and second-floor master suite, including the bedroom, closet and bathroom.

Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: A family of 5 Location: Decatur, Georgia Size: 5,500 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Year built: 1918; renovated in the '70s, '90s and again in 2012.

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