When Bill and Anne Storey moved from Marietta, they brought some antiques and heirlooms, many of which were placed in the hearth room. With a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and custom-built barn doors, the antiques create a room that Anne Storey says is reflective of historic Roswell. Text by Lori Johnston and Kelsey E. Green/Fast Copy News Service.
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography

Empty nesters embrace new lifestyle, transitional design in Roswell

Once Bill and Anne Storey’s kids grew up, they traded living in a swim and tennis neighborhood in east Cobb County for a new home with a pool near historic Roswell.

“We were in a neighborhood that was great for them growing up,” Anne Storey said. “When we heard about this, (we thought) this sounds like an ideal location for us and a way to live.”

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When they moved from their home of 22 years to the Goulding community, they decided to add a few new-to-them features, including a custom bar in the basement, transitional-style furniture and a backyard pool. They walk to restaurants such as Table & Main, Noca and Osteria Mattone on Roswell’s charming Canton Street, but still have space to host their kids during the holidays and make meals at home.

When they considered adding extras such as the pool, the empty nesters continued to think of their children.

“We thought, it’s great for when our children come home, and someday grandkids,” Anne Storey said.

In 2016, Bill Storey, an executive for Mohawk, and his wife, Anne, moved into their home in Roswell, near restaurants and shops on Canton Street. The home has 6,000 square feet, including the finished basement, four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths.


Residents: Bill and Anne Storey, and their dogs, Boone and Roxy. Bill Storey is an executive for Mohawk, a carpet manufacturer.

Location: Roswell’s Goulding community

Size: About 6,000 square feet (basement included), four bedrooms, 4 ½ baths

Year built: 2016

Builder: FrontDoor Communities

The home's exterior complies with the Goulding historic association's rules and regulations about new builds in the area, making sure it fits with the look of the community. The home's 6,000 square feet includes a basement, four bedrooms and 4 /12 baths.
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: Barn doors that separate the “hearth room” from the fireplace, and a set of barn doors in front of the pantry, as well as accordion doors that open the kitchen and family room to the back porch. The result is one big indoor-outdoor space, Anne Storey said.

Renovations: They finished the basement, working with Matthew Barile of Barile Construction and Design.

One of Bill and Anne Storey's biggest projects was finishing the basement in their new home. With the help of Matthew Barile from Barile Construction and Design, and Justin Powers of Powers Building Solutions, the couple customized their basement with this bar.
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography

Design consultants: Shutters and screens from Peachtree Blinds of Atlanta, backyard lighting from NightVision, and custom bar, barn doors, wood beams, mantles and wood ceiling inset designed and built by Justin Powers of Powers Building Solutions.

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite outdoor elements: The porch with retractable screens, and a pool and spa, built by Artisan Pools, in the backyard, which they added along with a Sonos sound system.

One of Anne Storey's favorite spaces in her Roswell home is the back porch. Accordion doors open the kitchen and living area to this space.
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography

Resources: Furniture from Issis and Sons in Birmingham, Ala. (brands such as Hooker Furniture, Huntington House, Century Furniture and Lane Venture). Lighting from Progressive Lighting (brands such as Savoy House, Troy Lighting Umbria, Elk, Crystorama Solaris and Kichler). Flooring is Mohawk Artiquity hardwoods, Karastan carpet and area rugs. Barclay Radcliff oval freestanding tub and Moen Arris faucet in the master bathroom. KitchenAid appliances and Wellborn cabinets in the kitchen. Granite and tile from DalTile.