Before and After "Bump-Ups"

We all enjoy a good “before and after.”
Maybe it’s like a lady I met once said, “I love to make old  houses pretty.”
Here are a few ugly duckling houses that became swans. (photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution)

All these homes had second story additions that added much needed living space–bedrooms, baths and closets. Space was added without turning them into McMansions.

This first house, in Morningside, is a good example of Painted Brick with Dark Trim. I blogged a few other homes with this paint scheme a while ago. See that post here.


Like I said before, “There is no special place in hell for people who paint brick.”
The AJC article said the owners painted this home to make the addition blend with the original. Lots of people do that. Sometimes its almost impossible to make the new brick match the old.

A few things I like about this renovation:

  • added trim to gables with Tudor “turkey track” detailing
  • arched roof on the portico over the front door
  • shutters make the facade look finished
  • they didn’t paint the granite foundation


The next home got a HUGE facelift that includes a higher roofline, front dormer and gable- plus a front porch.
They raised the first floor ceiling height, too. I’ll bet that makes it seem a lot roomier.


Most of us wouldn’t have looked twice at this house. It was sooo plain, tiny and downright ugly. It’s located  in Loring Heights; a neighborhood built in the 1940s I believe.


AFTER, its quite a handsome fellow. It’s hard to believe it’s the same house.  They even added a swing on the porch. Wonder if they painted the ceiling “haint blue.”

Next is my fav.  Don’t you just love it?  I wish we had interior pictures–sigh.
This home is in Morningside, too, probably built in the 1930s.


Why I like it:

  • the color–ummm, ummm, ummm
  • arched front door with gorgeous X window trim
  • shed dormer with 4 windows is in proportion
  • screened porch on the front retains its curved roof line
  • (this is just a good picture from a good angle–we know how important that is)

BEFORE-it was big from the beginning and got bigger but not big and tacky

BACKSIDE BEFORE–the walkout terrace was great even then

My thoughts:

  • I’m not crazy about the angle of this picture.
  • The roof is probably flatter than I’d like, but the second story blends nicely.
  • The short roof between the first and second floors is really important. It breaks up the flatness.
  • That copper roof and those gutters are quite nice (cha ching!)
  • The short roof over the French door is good good
  • The detail and window box at the middle window add interest, again breaking up the flatness
  • They didn’t paint the granite foundation


If you want to read more about these renovations, scoot over to the AJC for the scoop on second story additions.


Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style- Wow us Wednesday
beach cottage–Good Life Wednesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage–Transformation Thursday

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10 Responses to Before and After "Bump-Ups"

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  2. Son Lakhani says:

    I have noticed that all the roofs on those houses are painted grey, and the color actually goes will with almost any color house, as it is a neutral shade. Moreover, the houses in the photos appear dignified and refined because of the shade.

  3. abeachcottage says:

    They all look great, much better than the befores :) Thanks for linking up and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  4. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    Wow! Loved all of these. So many times when they pop the top…they ruin the look of the house all of these looked even better after. Really like that last one. I do love painted brick.

  5. Terry says:

    Better hurry it's driving me crazy.

  6. Terry says:

    I'm at a loss on house 3. Where is it? Between Mside Elem and Pelham?

  7. Town and Country Gals says:

    Those transformations are amazing! They look wonderful, some brick just needs to be painted, it can make the biggest change! Atlanta has some of the most gorgeous neighborhoods!

  8. Rinni's Playground says:

    Wow, those were some amazing before and afters! Your fav is my fav too. What a beautiful transformation! I love that it doesn't look like a remodel! Thank you for sharing. ;)

  9. Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says:

    Oh, Good Lord, those are all fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Found you via A Beach Cottage. Tootles, Kathryn

  10. Desiree says:

    I love them all! I'm in the process of painting my front door. My home has red brick and I wish I could paint all the brick off white or white and have a red door. Great transformations!

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