When Joel and Rachel Silverman bought their Candler Park home in 2009, two front doors and parts of a second kitchen remained as obvious remnants of the duplex the home used to be.

The Silvermans know that the grandfather of their next-door neighbor built their home in 1919 and that in the 1960s two sisters bought it and split it into a pink duplex, but when they bought it the home had been opened back up into a single family home.

Joel and Rachel Silverman purchased their home, which was built in 1919, 10 years ago in 2009. They live there with their two daughters, Sophie and Mira, and their dog, Tito. Joel is a commercial and fine art photographer and Rachel is a healthcare technology consultant. Text by Shannon Dominy. Photo by Reynolds Rogers.
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“Brant Goodman, our architect, he kind of played Sherlock Holmes a little bit,” said Joel. “He figured out what the floor plan would have been like downstairs and restored that, found the right place for stairs to go up and built a second story that was kind of true to the style of foursquare bungalows that have two stories.”

The renovation and restoration included rebuilding the front porch and adding a sleeping porch off of Joel and Rachel’s bedroom.

The Silvermans’ home will be on the Candler Park Tour of Homes on Oct. 6.


Residents: Rachel and Joel Silverman, their daughters, Sophie and Mira, and their dog Tito. Rachel is a healthcare technology consultant, and Joel is a commercial and fine art photographer.

Location: Candler Park

Size: 3,000 square feet with five bedrooms and three baths

Year built: 1919

Year bought: 2009

Renovations: ground floor renovation and second floor addition in 2019.

Consultants: Architect Brant Goodman of Goodman Design and builder Tom Pelletier of Pelle Development Group Inc.

Architectural style: Foursquare bungalow

Favorite architectural elements: Large front porch, sleeping porch off of master bedroom and floor plan that is now true to the original style of construction.

Interior design style: Transitional with an industrial kitchen

Favorite interior design elements: 6-foot map of 1919 Atlanta and salvaged 1890s mantels.

Favorite outdoor feature: Front porch, backyard photo studio

Resources: Crate & Barrel, Scott Antique Markets, Arhaus, Williams-Sonoma, Ikea and Highland Row Antiques. Bathroom tile from Zumpano Enterprises, and sinks from Mexican Tile Designs. Art by Joel Silverman and Rick Baldwin. Paint colors are Sherwin-Williams Ecru downstairs and Alabaster upstairs, with Perfect Periwinkle and Dahlia in Mira’s bedroom.


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