Residents: Chuvalo and Clara Truesdell and their children, Tori and Errington, and Trixie, their Siberian husky rescue. Chuvalo is a federal agent, and Clara is a physician and president of Hypertension & Kidney Consultants of Georgia.
Location: College Park's historic district
Year built/bought: 1935/2012
Size: 4,070 square feet, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths
Architectural style: Arts and Crafts
Favorite architectural elements: Cedar shake and fiber cement siding, dormers, and side porch with tapered columns on a river stone base and detailed roof brackets and rafter tails.
Renovations: In 2015, the cottage was transformed from a single-story, shotgun-style home that originally faced west into a two-story residence that now faces south. The extra space allowed them to create functional areas, such as the kitchen, which they doubled in size, and a new family room. The original wraparound porch was removed and replaced by a more spacious front porch, accented by river stone column supports. A second-level addition created a master suite and closet, and they also added a two-car garage with a fully equipped workout room above it.
Interior design style: Eclectic
Resources: Lighting from RH and The Home Depot. Accessories from Kirkland's, HomeGoods, Pier 1 Imports, At Home and Hobby Lobby.
Decor tip: Repurposed pieces can serve as transitional furnishings in the design. A camelback couch that was an anniversary present 13 years ago spent a few years in storage, but was recovered for use in the sitting room. "I was happy when we purchased this house because one of the rules was that the couch had to be used," Clara said. "When I see it, it reminds me of how our family has evolved. It has so much sentimental value to me."