Classic Contemporary

A 1920s Virginia-Highland dwelling is the pinnacle of urban living thanks to a design overhaul by creative couple Todd Pritchett and Craig Dixon.

Architects Todd Pritchett and Craig Dixon always see the glass half full. It’s this optimism that has allowed them to transform the most out-of-date houses—that many might have deemed teardowns—into standout homes.    

“We’re not about the quick fix,” says Dixon. “We love the challenge of creating something remarkable with what’s already in front of us. It presents you with the opportunity to do something unique.”

So when the design couple purchased this 1920s Virginia-Highland home that was long past its prime, they didn’t let its worn-down condition or awkward layout (it had once been a duplex) deter them. Instead, they set out to create “the ultimate bungalow.”

After a down-to-the-studs renovation and the addition of a sunroom and second floor, the final result is a clean and contemporary bungalow that’s equally warm and inviting. The design is influenced by travels abroad as well as inspiration a little closer to home. “It’s a mix of Southern sensibilities with clean European lines,” says Pritchett.

“There’s a subtle transition as you walk through the house. It gets progressively more informal towards the back, where it picks up on our work at Lake Rabun and Lake Burton,” he adds, in reference to the shiplap on the kitchen walls and oak beams overhead.

They were also conscious of flooding the bungalow with daylight. A skylight was installed in the stairwell to disperse light in the middle of the home, while floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors at the back allow them to leave the lights off until the sun sets. This also blurs the lines between indoors and out, which was another priority. “All you see is trees and can’t tell that you’re in the middle of a city,” notes Pritchett.

And what’s an ultimate bungalow if not a space to entertain? “The home was really designed for hospitality because we love to host dinner parties,” says Dixon. For the dining room, they commissioned a 6-foot-diameter walnut table that has served up plenty of cocktails, conversations and Dixon’s mouthwatering paella. The rest of the home accommodates guests just as well, with the kitchen featuring an intimate dining nook and an adjustable Miele range hood over the island that can be raised out of view. Plush seating in the more formal living room at the front end of the house is also ideal for drinks.

“Our goal was to make this home extraordinary, and it’s a fitting farewell to bungalows for us,” says Pritchett. He and Dixon recently sold this property to embark on their next design challenge in what will undoubtedly yield another spectacular space to call home.  

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Todd Pritchett and Craig Dixon, Pritchett + Dixon, (404) 876-1390;