Elbow grease, Native American art bring Sandy Springs midcentury home to life

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.

Mark Galey owns Master Home Remodelers in Atlanta. He and his wife, Debbie, purchased their Sandy Springs home in 2015 and remodeled portions of it. (Text by Kat Khoury/ Photos by Reynolds Rogers)

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.”

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Snapshot

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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