Mike and Renee Slaughter decided to downsize as soon as the right house came on the market.

They didn’t want to live in a 55-plus community without a yard and needed a lot that was big enough for a pool, which was a must-have for Renee. They also desired to remain near their jobs in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.

When Paran Homes introduced a new ranch design for one of its Cobb County neighborhoods, they were sold. It was half the size of their previous home, which had nearly 6,000 square feet and a basement, but offered an open floor plan, a three-car garage and space for a pool in the backyard.

“Everything just fit us perfectly,” said Renee Slaughter.

Mike and Renee Slaughter, along with their long-haired dachshund Mason, downsized to their new ranch home in 2018. Mike is director of discipleship at The Church of the Apostles and Renee is a real estate agent with Re/Max Unlimited. Text by Kat Khoury/Fast Copy News Service. Photo by Reann Huber.
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Residents: Mike and Renee Slaughter and their long-haired dachshund, Mason. Mike is director of discipleship at The Church of the Apostles and Renee is a real estate agent with Re/Max Unlimited.

Location: Kennesaw’s Chestnut Farms neighborhood

Size: 2,816 square feet, four bedrooms, three bathrooms

Year built/bought: 2018

Builder: Paran Homes

Project consultants: AquaRama Pools & Spas, Atlanta Sod Company, Pike Nurseries and Chad Graham of SG Masonry

Architectural style: Ranch

Favorite architectural elements: Stone and shake exterior, dark cedar pillars and shutters, decorative gables, tin over the windows

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite interior design elements: The home has a neutral palette and streamlined furniture from retailers such as RH, Pottery Barn and Bassett. Some of the seating is leather, and other chairs are upholstered, a few of which have graphic prints. Another key feature is their Kawai grand piano. “We took one of the main-level bedrooms to do triple duty as office, piano room and sitting room,” she said.

Favorite outdoor features: Pool and screened-in porch

Decor tip: “Don’t go with trends,” Renee said, “just get what you love and do it.”

Resources: Furniture is from Bassett, Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet, Pottery Barn, Kawai, RH, Georgia Patio and Frontgate. The dining room chandelier is from Wayfair. Rugs and pillows from Target, Bassett and Pottery Barn. Art is from Outrageous Interiors. Appliances are from Frigidaire, the kitchen sink and faucet are from Moen. Paint throughout is Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray. Upholstery by The Bronze Monkey.

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