A Classic Buckhead Residence Gets a Modern-Day Refresh With Color, Depth & Texture

Norman Davenport Askins, Architect and Bradford Lowry Interiors turn a 1960s ranch-style home into a two-story residence with traditional charm

When the opportunity presented itself to purchase a home in their dream neighborhood—a quiet, family-friendly enclave in Buckhead—a young family of four jumped at the chance. Though they were in love with the home’s location, the residence, a 1960s ranch home, called for a few improvements to better suit the family’s personalities and busy lifestyle.

Fortunately, this presented the couple with another opportunity. Having been longtime admirers of his work, they enlisted esteemed Atlanta architect Norman Askins to give their home a new life. They also tapped the interior design talents of Mandy Lowry and Holly Bradford, the duo behind Bradford Lowry Interiors.

“They wanted to upgrade the look of the house because it was very horizontal and very low,” explains Askins, who added height by raising the roofline and opening up the foyer, which also flooded the home with natural light. On the exterior, Askins created a proper portico, rearranged and resized columns, and added dormer windows and faux chimneys to create classic symmetry.

Inside, Askins added character with charming architectural elements, including arches in the entry hall, a new stair railing, round windows, and arched niches in the family room.

To accentuate Askins’ work, Lowry and Bradford layered shades of blue, coral, blush, and green throughout, opting for richer and deeper shades in the home’s more central spaces. “We knew we needed to highlight the beautiful, now-light foyer and that what we needed beyond that foyer was depth of color,” explains Lowry. “The wife said, ‘Please take me out of my comfort zone of blue and white.’ And the husband said, ‘Please bring us color, depth, and texture.’”

“It had to be super functional and beautiful, but it also had to withstand being loved and worn by the family,” adds Bradford. This is particularly evident in spaces such as the family room, where the design team added a bar area and game nook. Askins also suggested transforming a sitting room into a more functional breakfast room, which now serves as a family-friendly gathering space.

Likewise, a color-filled lounge upstairs serves as another landing spot for the family to spend time together. The addition of a dormer adds light and height, making it more functional and visually appealing.

And the collaboration paid off. “Mandy and Holly were absolutely amazing; we worked with them closely and were on the same page throughout the project,” says Askins. “The house lives even better than it did before.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Holly Bradford and Mandy Lowry, Bradford Lowry Interiors; bradfordlowryinteriors.com ARCHITECT Norman Askins, Norman Davenport Askins, Architect, (404) 233-6565; normanaskins.com PROJECT MANAGER Daniel Witt, Norman Davenport Askins, Architect, (404) 233-6565; normanaskins.com landscape ARCHITECT Jonathan Bussell, Jonathan Bussell Landscape Architect, (404) 805-1817; jonathanbussell.com CONTRACTOR Neal Gasaway, Gasaway Homes