When Valerie and Chris Williams moved into their one-story house, they immediately envisioned how they could renovate the 1972 home. But they didn’t start the project right away.

They spent time understanding how the house functioned, appreciating its “good bones” and large flat yard, and working with an architect to design the right plan for their family. A year after they moved in, they embarked on a nine-month renovation that transformed the modest ranch into a two-story traditional house with room for their two girls to grow.

Chris and Valerie Williams moved into the 1972 ranch in 2015 with their daughters Ashlynn, 9, and Adyson, 7, and their 10-year-old golden retriever, Georgia. Chris works for Autodesk and Valerie works in medical device sales.
Photo: Text by Kat Khoury/Photos by Reann Huber

“What we ended up doing, after having lived in it a little bit, is probably different that what we would have done if we had just out of the gate tried to renovate it without really living in it first,” she said. “We’re really pleased.”


Residents: Chris and Valerie Williams, daughters Ashlynn, 9, and Adyson, 7, and their golden retriever, Georgia. Chris works for Autodesk and Valerie is in medical device sales.

Location: Marietta’s Indian Hills Country Club

Size: 4,500 square feet, six bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 1972/2015

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: Eyebrow front porch with double columns, 8-foot mahogany French doors, oversized cedar garage doors, oval Craftsman windows, trellis over garage, courtyard, standing seam roof on dormers and bronze gutters

Renovations: They expanded the 2,300-square-foot ranch into a 4,500-square-foot two-story traditional home. They opened up the kitchen, adding an oversized island, butler’s pantry/bar, granite countertops, Carrara marble subway tile backsplash and Sub-Zero appliances. They added wings for the girls to have their own suites, and relocated the garage and added a bonus room above it.

Design consultants: TLC Home Builders, architect Wright Gardner, landscape architect Tim Gartland, Hilburn Turf & Ornamental, interior designer Kristin Jackson

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite interior design elements: Using traditional styles and antique pieces with modern accents.

Favorite outdoor feature: The fountain in the parterre courtyard

Decor tip: Choose a color or theme that can act as a unifying factor throughout the home and then you can mix metals, such as silver, brass and copper. For example, Valerie said blue is the common factor in every room.

Resources: Furniture from Park West Vintage, HomeGoods, Consignment Furniture Depot, Wayfair, Outrageous Bargains, Restoration Hardware, Cost Plus World Market, Overstock.com, Ikea, Rooms to Go , Ethan Allen and Z Gallerie. Kitchen counters/cabinets by Insidesign. Lighting from Consignment Furniture Depot, Kudzu & Company, Crystorama Lights and Ballard Designs. Textiles from RugsUSA, Overstock.com, Etsy.com, Ballard Designs, Annie Selke, Tuesday Morning, Bed Bath & Beyond and HomeGoods.

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