Updating a tudor facade
" Amy designed around the existing footprint and what she calls the "good bones" of the house.She transformed it into an Italian villa, complete with a terra-cotta-hued stucco exterior and a wisteria-draped pergola, and launched her new career in the process.The backseat of Amy's car, splashed with milk stains by the couple's 2-year-old son, Austin, reveals her working-mother status."Many of our clients have children and like children, so I've taken Austin to lots of meetings," says Amy, who graduated with a degree in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982. They're all trying to get more space for their growing families. I like contributing to the creation of a nice home where kids will grow up." Living With Change Jaime and Jim Davenport and their two children, who were ages 5 and 8 when their home was renovated, opted to live in the basement while Amy and Warren worked on the house.
I used to say, 'That would be so beautiful, but let's just see what it would cost.' Now I come in and say, 'Cut this; cut that,' and make it work within a budget.
Rarely, however, do people dream of transforming an inter-war (1920s and 1930s) bungalow or a post-war (late 1940s to 1950s) ‘box-shaped’ house, most of which suffered from a shortage of both materials and funds.
Similarly, during the 1960s and right up until the 1980s, there was the need for a huge expansion of accommodation which resulted in a proliferation of big housing estates — and this rush meant many essential design aesthetics were forgotten.
"I had seen some of my friends' projects where the architect and the contractor sometimes pointed fingers at each other, saying, 'You designed it wrong,' and 'No, you just can't build what I designed,' " says Jaime.
"I thought, 'Well, these two are married, so they're going to have to work it out!' " A handful of other Atlanta firms specialize in this type of renovation.Although business has slowed with the economy, several homeowners have called upon Amy and Warren recently with investments in mind.I think that's what clients find valuable--achieving the look they want but controlling costs." Investing in Each Other Clients come calling after seeing Amy and Warren's work, loving it, and hearing positive feedback about the couple.