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What was your favorite home project this year?

Hey Atlanta: What home projects gave you joy in 2020?

Tell us what projects—large or small, cheap fixes or major investments, totally amateur or professional—gave you joy in the midst of this chaotic year. We’ll be sharing our favorites in an upcoming issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.
Buckhead Catholic church turned home

This Buckhead church building was converted into a bright family home

The site was once owned by Joseph Mitchell, the last living heir to Gone With the Wind scribe Margaret Mitchell. Upon his death, he donated it to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. The church spent two years scrapping the existing house and building a residential-style events space for its prelate archbishop. However, a front-page story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about plans for the $2.2 million residence helped touch off sharp criticism from parishioners.
Porch Direct Build Marietta

Before & After: A Marietta home remodel banishes wallpaper from kitchen and bath

This whole house Marietta renovation banished wallpaper from the kitchen and bathroom.

Warm Palette Bathroom Remodel

The 1990s brought us "Seinfeld," the World Wide Web, and triumph for the Atlanta Braves, but it wasn’t a stellar decade for builder-designed bathrooms. Flimsy cabinets and cheap brass fixtures, with nary a natural material, defined bathrooms in new houses spreading all over the metro area.

Before & After: Second Chances

When Jennifer and William Ryan bought their 1906 cottage in Grant Park, “it resembled something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie,” says Jennifer. Four years earlier, the humble house had burned almost to the ground. Little remained but the frame and a fireplace.

Lights, Camera, Crash

Knees bent, Ormewood resident Dan Bush cocks his sledgehammer like Casey at the bat. He and a few similarly armed friends eye their target: an eighty-year-old wall separating the kitchen from a pantry in the home Bush shares with his wife, Caroline.

DIY Project: Alley Kitchen

Kitchens are easily the most expensive room to remodel in a home, but that didn’t intimidate Kate Mattison and Matt Mewis. Small budgets often lead to more creative solutions, assert the optimistic expectant parents.

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