A Renovated Midcentury in Georgia With a Lush Central Courtyard Asks $780K

By Kathryn M. / Published by Dwell
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DSNWRK expanded the 1954 Atlanta-area home while restoring its original flagstone and wood surfaces.

A handsomely renovated midcentury home is now for sale near Atlanta, Georgia. The current owners, who purchased the property in 2007, tapped local architects Jennifer Pindyck and Lloyd (Bud) Shenefelt to update and expand the home in 2016. The duo introduced a new addition, a central courtyard, and a sunlit entryway while restoring the home’s classic features.

Originally built in 1954, this single-story home in Decatur, Georgia, was renovated by architects Bud Shenefelt and Jennifer Pindyck from 2016 to 2017. A new addition stands in front, connected to the original structure by a black-painted entry hallway.

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A light-filled family room is located in the new addition, which also includes a full bathroom and wet bar. Large sliding glass doors overlook the central courtyard.

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The front door opens to an entry hallway, which looks out onto the courtyard. The design team repurposed Flagstone from other spaces to complete the entryway floor.

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At the time of the renovation, both Pindyck and Shenefelt were principals at the Atlanta-based firm DSNWRK. "We loved the house from the onset," says Shenefelt, now an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "But the clients needed more room and functional space throughout the house."

The new central courtyard helped create a better indoor/outdoor connection for the new portion of the home, as Pindyck explains. "The relationship between the interior and exterior of the house became a driving force throughout the whole process. We were interested in creating a multitude of different outdoor spaces, so that each of the indoor rooms had a different relationship to the outdoors." 

The new courtyard adds to a grassy lawn and deck off the kitchen, as well as a separate, Zen-like garden accessible from the dining area.

The entry hall leads to the original portion of the home, which was opened up to create better flow between the living room and the adjoining kitchen/dining area.

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The dining area features flagstone floors, as well as a door that leads out to a Zen-like garden. The wood ceilings and walls are original to the home, and they were refinished during the renovation.

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Inside the home, a large, sunlit space now connects the original living room with a spacious new kitchen. "The intent was to incorporate the kitchen space into the overall living area, and provide a comfortable place to gather and socialize," says Pindyck.

"The other big goal of the renovation was to give the clients more personal space—whether it was a new bathroom, a workspace, or a much needed closet—while celebrating the original design of the house," adds Shenefelt. "All of the original flagstone was stripped down to its original color, and the wood ceilings in the kitchen, dining room, and living area were stripped, and the beams painted."

The renovation introduced a large, modern kitchen behind the dining area.

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"The original kitchen was very small and dark," says Pindyck. "Our goal was to open the space up and flood it with light."

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The space also features a large central island that’s topped with quartz counters and illuminated by an overhead skylight.

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A contrasting wall of white cabinetry adds storage. The appliances include a Wolf oven and induction cooktop, as well as a built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.

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Offering just over 2,400 square feet of living space, the home comes with four bedrooms and four full bathrooms. The approximately .2o-acre lot is also bordered by several large and mature trees. The home’s convenient location about seven miles from downtown Atlanta adds to its appeal. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $779,000.

A hallway from the kitchen leads to the home’s bedrooms.

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The principal suite provides direct access to the back patio and lawn.

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The adjoining bathroom features an open shower area and soaking tub illuminated by a large picture window, as well as a skylight.

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Two of the secondary bedrooms share a full bathroom in the middle.

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Another of the four full bathrooms is clad in marble tiles.

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The central courtyard is one of several outdoor areas. Added during the renovation, the space helps to connect both the old and new sections of the home.

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An additional outdoor space is located behind the home. Sliding glass doors provide access to the enclosed area from both the principal bedroom and the kitchen.

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Another courtyard area is accessible from the dining room and connects to the carport.

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An aerial view of the property shows the home’s multiple outdoor spaces.

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469 Landover Drive in Decatur, Georgia, is currently listed for $779,000 by Shea Helland of Redfin.

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