We recently completed the renovation/restoration of an 800 sq. ft. terrace apartment at The Villa Condominium in Ansley Park. Designed by Philip Trammell Shutze, The Villa has enhanced the Atlanta landscape since 1920, with an exterior inspired by classical Italian design.
- replaced the old windows with wood insulated Marvin windows, with the same exact profile (six over six)
- installed new custom mahogany doors with insulated nine lights and raised panels to add more light.
- replaced the beaten up pine screen doors with new cypress ones, in the same gray accent paint color and with brass finishings
Inside, the apartment had not been updated in many years, and had numerous structural issues. We:
- replaced the floors with new reinforced concrete, installed the appropriate vapor barrier, and installed 6”-wide white oak planks over plywood for the flooring
- added a steel I beam in the great room due to the sagging of the floor above
- stripped the walls and added new 2×6 framing
- installed new foam insulation in the periphery walls for thermal and sound barrier, and batt insulation in the ceilings
- installed a new HVAC unit, new electrical wiring, and new copper plumbing, bringing the unit up to current building codes.
To start, we had custom slabs created for the two entry-ways, inscribed with “Salve” (Latin for “Welcome”) and the year 1920 in Roman numerals.
Post-war 1920s architecture inspired the selection of Edwardian chrome and nickel fixtures and fittings for the two new bathrooms, as well as the subway tile used on the shower walls, and the white Marble Thasos and mosaic used on the floors.
The kitchen has modern touches, including white granite countertops, and a stainless steel range, sink, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. For the custom kitchen cabinetry, we opted for classic Shaker-style paneling, painted in Farrow and Ball Elephant’s Breath. The fully integrated washer, dryer, and dishwasher provide all the expected modern conveniences without the visual distraction. Pantry doors with upper air vents and an open shelf with Shaker pegs were also added, to complete the streamlined but nostalgic look.