Raise the Roof 8

When the homeowners can stand laughing with their builder, carpenter, interior designer and architect after an eight-month complete renovation of their family home, I’d say the job was a success.  Deirdre and Keith Fleming tapped architect Mark Arnold who prioritized maintaining the historical integrity of the neighborhood by staying within the size, scale and style of the original houses.  They chose Citiside Construction for their experience, communication style, and focus on customer service. Stephanie Andrews of Balance Design joined the team as interior designer for the 1918 craftsman bungalow on Highland Terrace, also on this year’s Virginia -Highland Tour of Homes, December 2 and 3.

The family lived in the house for 10 years before feeling the urge to bring modern conveniences and eco-friendly standards to the home’s historical roots. Citiside’s president Gabe Pierce took the house down to the studs, leaving only the solid brick fireplace standing.“ There is a lot of knowledge that goes into strategically demo-ing and rebuilding of a 70 year old home,” said Pierce.  “We were involved in the project for several months before the project started and worked closely with Mark and the Flemings to come up with some of the finer finish details.”

Designer Stephanie Andrews said they thoroughly enjoyed designing and creating a home filled with beautiful architectural details and lots of natural light, focusing on opening up the floor plan, adding square footage, and having an indoor-outdoor living space.  The enclosed sunroom was restored to the original front porch, and a cabin like screened-in porch was added to the back to expand the feel of the great room and has turned into the family’s favorite space. Both the front porch and the upstairs bedroom provide views of downtown Atlanta while the master suite offers treetop views with expansive windows creating of blend of city and serene living.

“Deirdre and I collaborated together on virtually every decision, from paint colors, tile, molding, flooring, lighting, and flow,” said Andrews. “Even her wide plank floors had a natural finish to eliminate the VOC’s in the home.  We started there and then added layers of bronze in her lighting and natural wool in her rugs.  It had to be comfortable and easy to handle their young children.   Lastly we added to her art collection, to be able to have art that really sang to her heart.”

It was very important for the Flemings to improve indoor air quality and to use non-toxic materials, such as mineral based paint, non VOC wood sealer, and 100% wood doors and cabinets. “It was also important to us to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources, so we opted for LED lighting, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, a tankless water heater, Energy Star efficient appliances, and proper insulation.” said Deirdre Fleming. “We spent a lot of time researching the various components of building a green home, and Gabe was amenable to incorporating these products and helped us make some tough choices along the way.”

Deirdre Fleming was actively involved in the renovation process, and was at the house once or twice a day to communicate with the team.  “I enjoyed learning how a house is built, and it was helpful to be on site to answer questions or to see how the project was coming together.”

Gabe Pierce

Citiside Construction, LLC



Mark Arnold, Architect


Stephanie Andrews