When Angel and Sarah Traverso bought their East Lake home in 2018, they loved the interior and the location, but the exterior of the home was far from their style. Working with the home’s builder, Lang Custom Homes, they settled on a plan to update the outside.

» Photos: East Lake craftsman turns up the charm with new curb appeal

“We loved the neighborhood, and we loved the open floor plan and the layout of the house, but the curb appeal for us just wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” said Sarah. “Building that wraparound porch and making the house symmetrical, that was going to be the make or break for us.”

They extended the prairie porch so that it ran the length of the house, and they repainted the exterior, which was a muted gray, a crisp white to match their brighter aesthetic. They also worked with Brian Estes to landscape their yard and put in a white picket fence by Allied Fence. The overall effect is a charming Southern style home.

Their home, which will be on the East Lake Tour of Homes on Sept. 14 and 15, has traditional Southern charm inside too, that they’ve tempered and blended with their own bright and airy contemporary style to create a lovely vibe throughout.


Residents: Sarah and Angel Traverso and their goldendoodle, Benny. Sarah is in marketing at the Coca-Cola Co., and Angel is a commercial film director.

Location: East Lake

Size: 4,100 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms

Year built/bought: 2018

Builder: Lang Custom Homes

Renovations: Extended the front porch, added the back patio, painted the interiors and exteriors.

Project consultants: Builder Lang Custom Homes, landscaping by Brian Estes, fencing by Allied Fence.

Architectural style: Southern Craftsman

Favorite architectural element: Wraparound front porch

Interior design style: Contemporary

Favorite interior design elements: Warm white walls, warm lighting and neutral color palette.

Favorite outdoor feature: Front porch swing

Resources: Most furniture and decor from RH. Other decor from Trinity Mercantile & Design, Bungalow Classic, Kudzu Antiques + Modern, Found Co. Decatur, Ballard Designs and Atlanta Bed Swings. Paint colors are Sherwin Williams Dover White throughout most of the home, Sherwin Williams In the Navy in the home office and Sherwin Williams Cheerful Yellow on the front door.

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