Brad and Brigette Doss were searching for their first home as a newly married couple when they found a remodeled Victorian in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood.

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Formerly split into six apartment units, the home was gutted and rebuilt from the studs by builder Kyle Drake in 2015.

“It’s 104 years old, but the inside looks brand new,” Brad Doss said.

Brad Doss, national accounts manager at Recorded Books/RBmedia, and wife Brigette, a senior director of events at business event management firm PRA Atlanta, both said the front porch on the Kirkwood home was a selling point. They enjoy sitting outside to people-watch or visit with friends and their dog, Nixon, 13. Text by Grace Donnelly/Fast Copy News Service. Photo by Reann Huber/Fast Copy News Service.
Photo: Fast Copy News Service

After years of condominium living, they were drawn to the airy light and openness of the house, which will be featured in Kirkwood’s 17th Annual Tour of Homes on May 18-19. Features such as 11-foot ceilings and a large kitchen provide an inviting atmosphere for guests.

“We both thought it was a dream home,” Brigette said.


Residents: Brad and Brigette Doss and their dog, Nixon. Brad Doss is national accounts manager at Recorded Books/RBmedia, and Brigette is a senior director of events at business event management firm PRA Atlanta.

Location: Kirkwood

Size: About 3,900 square feet, five bedrooms and four baths

Year built/bought: 1915/2016

Contractors: John Whaley with Jumpin’ John’s Home Repair, Keystone Concrete Foundations

Architectural style: Victorian

Favorite architectural elements: Tall ceilings and doors; wide central hallway that connects the house from the front door to the back door.

Renovations: The Dosses said they were thrilled to move into an old home without having to undertake extensive renovations. Brad works for a publisher and has a love of books, so he and Brigette built a library upstairs. They also updated the flooring on the front porch and installed a doggy door for their 13-year-old pooch, Nixon.

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite interior design elements: The mid-century modern dining set passed on from Brad’s grandparents is a personal touch that complements the style of the living room and kitchen that border the open dining room.

Favorite outdoor feature: The front porch was a huge selling point for Brad and Brigette. It’s a great place to people watch and visit with friends. “It just feels like home,” Brigette said.

Decor tip: Look for original artwork at events, including the Kirkwood Spring Fling, Inman Park Festival and Atlanta Dogwood Festival, as well as during travels.

Resources: Furniture from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Wayfair, Havertys, HomeGoods, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Charles Ray and Associates, Pottery Barn and Hampton Bay. Art by Leftbank Art and Grace Smith.

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