Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Teardown work in progress in Virginia Highland.

(new: Pictures from the sold out Atlanta premier of Urbanized, a film by Gary Hustwit, third in his design trilogy with Helvetica and Objectified.)

This will be here soon in Virginia Highland. If you aren't familiar with the neighborhood, you might be shocked at how tiny the lot is: .193 acre.

It's very cute I think and in keeping. Dovecotes for the kiddies, stone details, lentils, segmental arches, a couple of curvy roof-lines - I like. Trulia lists it at $1,089,000. That's about 3x what the teardown cost.

It's by John Willis Homes. They are doing a bunch in the neighborhood right now, good work, not McMansioning. I met Mr. Willis at an open house a few weeks ago, lot's of energy and passion for good houses.

There was the "before."

They've kept the old garage. It sits a little crooked, not perpendicular to the street.

The "no garage door" look is what's most charming about the elevation. Around here a visible garage sticks out like a sore thumb. Our garages are out back, if we have one at all. They are pretty good for lawn mowers, not so good for modern cars.

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This is what it looks like today.

Bravo to John Willis Homes.


  1. A friend calls the homes with prominent garages, "Garage Mahals." That is all they build here. Even the nicer homes that could afford to do better.

  2. AKA "snout" houses. Garages are a tough design problem for city houses. Cars in the yard can look better than a facade filling garage door.

  3. I like how they broke down the large scale with the overlapping gables. Very appropriate for the neighborhood. Have you seen the Art Deco Peachtree Battle home featured on their site?

  4. Thanks for this update! John Willis is doing nice things in Atlanta.

  5. it's looking good! can't wait for it to be finished!:)

  6. TK,
    The inspector in me wonders:
    Steep pitch, large roof, short gutters, small lot

    How are they going to manage roof moisture?


  7. I love lentils--especially with brown rice. ;)

    Hope you are doing well, Mr. T!


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