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About the Home

The 840 square foot house is located in North Ormewood Park on Gift Avenue (hence the name of this blog) in southeast Atlanta. When originally built in the 1940s the house had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a small porch. At some point the porch was enclosed and used as a storage room. We’re converting the old porch into a second bathroom/laundry room.

Pre-renovation floor plans ("as-built" drawings).

Pre-renovation floor plans (“as-built” drawings).

The energy efficiency of the home will be drastically improved by insulating the roofline, crawlspace, and exterior walls. The house also has serious water management issues (bulk water intrusion in the crawlspace and exterior walls), which will be corrected. The kitchen and bathroom will be gutted. Some doorways and closets will shift around, but otherwise the changes are mostly cosmetic.

The proposed renovation plan.

The proposed renovation plan.

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