For remodeler Mark Galey, transforming a dated house was an opportunity to be creative and a tad spiritual.
When Galey and his wife, Debbie, purchased a midcentury modern home in Sandy Springs three years ago, the dated interiors came with what seemed like 16 layers of dirt. But underneath the shag carpet was a home with good bones, and other favorite features included the high, angled ceilings, a 16-foot-tall stone fireplace and oversized windows.
The couple used a mix of purchases and elbow grease, as Galey puts it, to bring together their eclectic home. Native American art, natural elements and hints of the coast bring a serene spirituality to the space.
“We have this nice, peaceful place that all flows,” Mark Galey said. “It’s modern. It’s comfortable. It’s bright. It’s airy.”
Residents: Mark and Debbie Galey, their daughter, Morgan, and Egypt, a miniature Chihuahua. Mark owns Master Home Remodelers in Atlanta; Debbie is a cosmetologist.
Location: Sandy Springs
Size: About 2,900 square feet, three bedrooms, three baths
Year built/bought: 1962/2015
Architect: James M. Keelin
Architectural style: Midcentury modern
Favorite architectural elements: Windows, stone fireplace, sloped ceilings, stone exterior, cantilevered decks, skylights, Solatubes
Renovations: They renovated the master bathroom, which was the most expensive change at about $25,000, and a portion of the kitchen, which has an island, General Electric range, LG refrigerator, Kenmore dishwasher and microwave from Ikea. The master bathroom has a new vanity, medicine cabinet and plumbing fixtures from Ikea, a white marble countertop from Classic Stoneworks and tile from Lowe’s. Bells and whistles include a heated Schluter floor with a programmable thermostat from Traditions in Tile and Stone, and a Crowderslide telescoping track system door. Other changes in the home included Marvin windows and Solatubes. They remodeled the basement to add a bedroom suite with a sliding barn door (using reclaimed wood from the existing basement). They updated the wood floors and electrical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Cost of renovations: About $91,000
Design consultants: Kauffman Design, Classic Stoneworks, the Paint Doctor, the Shower Door Guy, Elliott Electric Supply, Integrated Plumbing Solutions, Traditions in Tile and Stone, Architectural Visions Inc. (AVI), Insidesign
Interior design style: Eclectic
Favorite outdoor features: Fire pit and fence for privacy and kayak storage.
Resources: Great room log mantel from Jerry’s Mountain Furniture in Blue Ridge. Sofa from Ashley Furniture HomeStore. Art from Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. Paint is Behr Premium Plus Ultra from The Home Depot, including Tin Foil (master suite, hall and hall bath), White Metal (home office), Silver Dust (kitchen) and Ice Mist (guest bedroom). Doors with interior blinds from The Home Depot. Storage shelves from Rev-A-Shelf, through Amazon.
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