Budget Breakdown: Partway Through a Renovation, the Potential of This Atlanta Home Becomes Clear

Local designer and artist Briana Babani creates a luminous dream home from a once neglected and dreary interior.

When designer and artist Briana Babani began demolishing the interior of her 1953 brick bungalow in East Atlanta, she didn’t expect to fall in love with it. "It was like a cave," says Briana, who had moved from Austin, Texas, with her husband, Dominic Cancilla, and their eight-year-old son, Cooper, for Dominic’s work in the film industry. "It didn’t scream ‘dream home,’ but I saw the potential—the lot is incredible. We thought we would keep it as a future rental property."

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