About the Showhouse

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Building anew is often far simpler than retrofitting an aging home with all the accoutrements of modern life. Yet architectural designer, Frank Heery, of Harrison Design, set out to revitalize, rather than replace, a modestly-sized 1950s-era Saltbox at the end of a long drive on a nearly four-acre forested lot in Sandy Springs. “It was a well-built house, and we wanted to show people what you can do with a renovation,” Heery says.

Constructed by White Oak Fine Homes with interior selections by The O’Donnell Group, the result will be Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ annual Home for the Holidays Showhouse and Marketplace, which welcomes visitors from November 14th to December 8th. 

The romantic nearly 5500-square-foot, five-bedroom abode will include several new additions, each built with limestone foundations and clad with handsome wood lap siding. For example, a distinctive new office tower on one end of the house will be balanced by a master bedroom wing on the other, its attached bath cantilevered over the verdant grounds like a floating glass box. 

A second glass enclosure will contain a sculptural staircase that connects all three levels, offering lush back yard views while flooding the interior with natural daylight. And at the terrace level, a spacious new covered front porch with arched steel doors will open to a long swimming pool with a splayed infinity edge that overlooks the creek below.

Designed with entertaining in mind, the interior layout will likewise be reimagined, the formal living and dining areas flowing into a cavernous new great room with a high exposed timber ceiling, white pine wall paneling and a wood-burning fireplace – one of five hearths throughout. The additions give the house a sense of history and a narrative. “You can imagine that it was added onto over time,” Heery says. “You don’t always have to build new.”