When a longtime friend and client asked us for some help on a family home renovation and carriage house addition, we jumped at the chance! Located along Ponce de Leon Avenue just outside of downtown Decatur, the Drake Residence was a 4,119 SF 1950 two-story brick cottage that had been in the family for years. With the addition of a few new family members, the client looked to renovate the existing house, add a small 796 SF carriage house in the back for extended family living space, and layout a new hardscaped patio and fire pit for entertaining. The new interior layout of the existing house sought to open up the rooms and simplify the flow of traffic. The homeowners provided the icing on the cake with their own selection of sleek material finishes. The rear carriage house boasts a built-in floor-to-ceiling wall of loaded bookshelves, full kitchen, and master suite. The outside is wrapped on two sides by a deep colonnaded porch with classical lines and floor-to-soffit doors that invite the party to spill out into a shared patio, blurring the lines between indoors and out. Mint Julep anyone?