West End Craftsman reno does not show its century-old age

Brenda Hubbard’s home is more than a century old, but doesn’t show its age, with a bathroom remodel finished this year and colorful walls filled with African-American art.

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The bathroom redo removed an old porcelain tub and cracked floor, and redesigned the space to accommodate both a clawfoot tub and larger shower, and a marble double vanity in a niche. For the lighting, she selected a crystal chandelier.

“The bathroom was totally gutted to the ground,” she said. “Everything is new.”

Hubbard’s 1915 Craftsman bungalow, which her research shows originally arrived via train as a kit, will be featured on the Historic West End Tour of Homes on June 23.


Residents: Brenda Hubbard, who is retired

Location: Atlanta’s West End neighborhood

Size: 3,005 square feet, four bedrooms, two full baths and two half-baths

Year built/bought: 1915/1979

Architectural style: Craftsman bungalow

Favorite architectural elements: The lattice windows. “They make the house really stand out,” Brenda said.

Renovations: The master bathroom was gutted and updated with a standalone tub (from The Tub Connection), tile floors, a marble vanity and a crystal chandelier. The kitchen was originally two rooms, but a wall was removed, and updates include tile floors and a tiled breakfast bar.

Contractor: Lenox Renovations

Design consultant: R. Stacy Harrell Interiors

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite interior design elements: The Victorian-style sofa with a mahogany frame and striped upholstery, which belonged to her late mother. She also has collected African-American art for 25 years, with pieces by Sam D. Burston and Joel Gresham, and has a portrait of Rosa Parks in a guest bedroom. “I love the fact that she was a woman, and she took a stand and she wasn’t afraid,” Hubbard said. “She took that stand on her own. She was a powerful woman as far as I’m concerned.”

Favorite outdoor feature: Backyard and patio

Resources: Paint by Benjamin Moore. Appliances by Samsung.

Tip: Go vibrant by painting a space in a standout color, such as the orange walls and furniture in Hubbard’s sitting room or pink walls in her bedroom.

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