Expand The Size Of A Small Home By Raising the Roof

Welcome to the 321st Metamorphosis Monday!

In a lot of neighborhoods around Atlanta, it’s not uncommon to see a small, older home purchased for its location, then renovated or enlarged to meet the needs of the family. I don’t have a photo of the “Before” of this 1944 home but it’s undergone a 25 year renovation including a “roof lift” that turned it into a story and a half home.  The design was done so well, anyone driving by one would never know the home had seen a major renovation.

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The chimney for the living room fireplace was expanded upward since the roof was lifted. During that process the fireplace was refaced with stone.

Home Renovation


I love the paneled walls here in the living room. The paneling in the article is referred to as a “varied-width beadboard.” It was carefully removed during the renovation so that it could be reinstalled once the roof was raised. When I was creating my home office, I saw paneling like this in a Pottery Barn ad that was showing the office furniture I was planning on buying.

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This is the ad below. I tried my best to find the paneling for my office but was unable. The contractor who installed my crown molding in the office told me he had never seen paneling like this available to purchase and he was guessing that the ad must have been shot in an older home. I called a bunch of places I found online that sold paneling, some of which was close to this design but not as pretty, and no one had it.

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Furniture Layout and Design Ideas


I’m thinking my contractor was right and the PB ad must have been shot in an older home. I absolutely love the detail/design of this style paneling.

Varied Beadboard Walls


Love the white cabinetry and the glass-fronts. It’s amazing how much bigger a kitchen feels with glass-front cabinets.

Kitchen Renovation with White Cabinets and Dark Green Marble


The countertop is a marble from Vermont called Verde Cavendish. It is a dark black-green color. Notice the clever wine storage.

Renovated Kitchen with Verde Cavendish Marble from Vermont


Pocket doors lead from the kitchen to a cozy den or sitting room.

Pocket Doors


That room leads into the dining room.

1944 Home Renovation


Love a dining room with a fireplace. Can you imagine a candlelight dinner here during the winter? Wouldn’t that be heaven! The pink marble around the fireplace was mined in North Georgia.

Dining Room with Fireplace


Raising up the roof created some fun areas for storage throughout the home including the upstairs hallway. These are the spaces that really give an older home its personality.

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The master bedroom was designed with built-in storage. I noticed the fabric on the window seat and across the foot of the bed is the same as my summer bedding.

Built in storage drawers for Master Bedroom


The bathroom was renovated with travertine marble tile and stone. The sink counter and backsplash are Cedar Onicata marble from Greece.

Bath renovation, travertine marble tiles, glass shower


Since the roof was raised, it allowed enough room for these custom bunk beds. I really like the wonderful steps the homeowner built for reaching the top bed, much safer than the usual ladder. Looks like the steps also incorporate additional storage via drawer space. Notice the bookshelves built into the bed itself…great design! I’m loving all these window seats we’re seeing in the home.

Custom made bunk bed with steps


The hewn log beds in this bedroom are covered in beautiful handmade quilts. Anyone recognize the pattern? I love it!

Twig, Hewn Log Beds with Handmade Quilts


There’s a wonderful outdoor space for entertaining.

Entertaining Area with Outdoor Chandelier and Pergola


You can see the other three bedrooms, the finished basement and many more pictures where these were found here: Roof Lifted for Expansion of Old Home 


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  1. I do like the way they made that reno looks seamless…not easy. I think I’d flip the sitting room/DR, though, so that serving food would be right next to the kitchen – just a practical decision, although that fireplace ambiance works no matter what room you call it. I don’t know the pattern of the quilts on the log-hewn bed frames, but I’m loving that color combo of green, white, gray and brown together. Thanks for the tour, Susan. You always find homes to interest us! Happy Monday.
    Rita C at Panoply

  2. What a great transformation. That backyard looks so relaxing and fun to hang out in. Thanks for the party.

  3. What a beautiful home. I am so admiring the gorgeous beadboard in this home and each and every beautiful room indoors and out…and must say that I love the hewn log beds with those amazing quilts!…Thanks for hosting Susan and have a wonderful day!

  4. What a beautiful home Susan – a couple of houses on this street had their
    roofs ” raised ” as well – and one had the entire house lifted to create a basement – it’s amazing to watch the transformation !
    I LOVE those little ” libraries ” on the landing – but probably would have opted for window seats with shelving underneath them – because I’m nook crazy LOL
    Thanks so much for the party – hope you have a wonderful week

    • lol I am, too. Absolutely love little nooks for squirreling away in with a good book. It’s like being in your own little world. 🙂

  5. I love when someone wants to preserve the original design of a home. there are a few houses out here where i live where houses from other locations were moved in onto farms and property. i have always been in awe how they move those things and transform the original footprint of the home. have a great week!

  6. First, love the photos. What great ideas. The paneling you have in the pictures reminds me of the pine paneling pattern that my parents had in their basement den. That home was built in 1962. It actually looks like it could be that paneling painted in one of the pictures.

    • Teresa, sounds like it might be. I remember seeing that type paneling in homes when I was growing up. Guess that’s why I couldn’t find it anywhere when I was creating my home office.

      • Susan,
        The tongue and Groove paneling is Pickwick Pine paneling. I saw the article on The Retro Renovation blog. They have an article on it and where to find it now. Just having the name may help.

        link retrorenovation.com/2014/05/19/pickwick-pine-paneling/

        Hope this helps and you still have a use for it 🙂

        • Oh, my gosh! Rick, where were you when I was renovating my son’s old room into a home office?! 🙂 I’d have to rip off all the crown molding to do it now. Thanks so much for that link. I hope when I move one day, they are still making it. Would still love to use it in a room sometime. You’re awesome for sharing that! I never would have known how to find it.

  7. Charming home Susan, my favorite part is the bunk beds! Thanks for the Monday fun~

  8. Love this home! Thanks for sharing it, Susan! Hugs…Debbie

  9. What a beautiful home! I love the wine rack in the kitchen, that gorgeous bathroom, and those log beds!
    Thanks for hosting the party 🙂

  10. I truly enjoyed this beautiful home tour! So much character and so well done! Thanks, and thanks so much for hosting us every Monday. Have a great week!

  11. A beautifully renovated older home! I love all that storage that was created upstairs!

  12. Susan, I LOVE this kind of transformation! Great choice this week. Thanks for sharing—and hosting.

  13. What a gorgeous reno!! I would love to raise the roof on my own house. What a difference that can make! Thanks for hosting Susan:-)

  14. I enjoyed touring this renovation. I love that they kept so many of the original features, while enlarging and updating the home. You are so observant. I’m not sure I would ever have noticed that paneling in the PB picture. My grands would love those bunk beds, and I like that the stairs would be less dangerous than a ladder. Thanks for the tour and for hosting.

    • Laurie, I really like the steps, too. Such a genius idea! You can see a better view of those at the website I linked to at the end of the post.

  15. I’m so excited to join your Metamorphosis Monday link party for the first time! Thank you for hosting it. The house you featured today is perfectly charming!

  16. That’s a great renovation! I dreamed of adding a 2nd floor with the same kind of idea but it never happened. It’s a smart way to re-configure a home to your liking especially when the property has a desirable location!

    • I would love to know how much it typically runs to add a second story. I love the way second story home look from the road. Liz, I’ll be 108 one day and still climbing those stairs. 😉

  17. Good morning Susan! You’re right, this home doesn’t look like it’s been renovated at all. What a great job the builders did, and let’s face it, you really don’t see too many quality home renos these days.

    Hope you have a great week, and as always, thank you for the party :).

    • So true! I am starting to seriously think about a bathroom renovation and I’m dreading the idea of looking for someone competent but not outrageously expensive.

  18. Susan, love this house!
    Thanks for the link party. So many nice ideas to read about.
    Sheila E

  19. Connie Bishop says

    What a beautiful home. The paneling does make me think of knotty pine, tongue and groove paneling that has been painted. It was built into older homes board by board. If you were painting it, it would require info concerning a primer that would cover the knots so that they don’t show through the paint. My sister’s home was built in the 50’s and has his kind of paneling in the den.

  20. My favorite part of the house is the little nook on the side of the living room fireplace. I am always looking for areas my house to give the dog a space of his own that he can veg out in the sun shining through. But that space could give him some quiet time and have his pillow out of the way and off the floor.

    Not too sure how I feel about the stove top with the white. It seems like it stands out a lot in the kitchen.

  21. Linda Page says

    The walls in the living room and the older ad look exactly like the wood boards in my dining room and kitchen. When I had windows installed, I looked every where for wood boards to replace any that might get damaged during installation and never found any. I would hate to replace all of the boards in my dining/kitchen area if something happened to what I have because I would never find a match. Quick story: At a Shaker Village(1800’s) in New Hampshire, the Shaker’s had a very large “one-room” school house for all grades and a “two hole” toilet under one roof. Shakers were known for their quality work and building everything to last and never need replacing. The neighboring town enlisted the Shakers to teach their children, too, since the Shaker children were receiving a better education. To accommodate the additional 30 children, instead of tearing off the roof, and adding a 2nd floor and new roof, the Shakers used horses and chains and pulleys to lift the entire school house (which at that stage did not have the bathroom facilities) and build a new first floor as there was nothing wrong with the original school ad roof. The stairs to the 2nd floor and an indoor potty (two holer) was added and it was still in excellent condition when I was there in early 1990. Amazing!

    • Linda, you are so lucky girl to have that wonderful paneling in your home! I love what it does for a room! Yeah, it would be really hard to find a match. Wonder if there are companies out there that can specially manufacture paneling to match…probably cost a fortune!
      Wow, that is amazing! I would love to see a video of that being done!

  22. crumpety cottage says

    I love this style of home. They did a great job with the renovation. At first I thought you meant they’d raised the roof in order to have higher ceilings and that feeling of space and airiness. Lol. The link didn’t work for me, but if there were three MORE bedrooms, that is a lot of bedrooms! Awesome. I like the living, dining room and den, but the kitchen seems cramped to me. At least, for a 6 bedroom house if all of those bedrooms are filled with people!

    Susan, we lived in a house with wide beadboard paneling like that. It wasn’t ‘various widths,’ it was all wide. I loved it! Ours had already been painted, but some of the houses built in that time period still had the original wood. It was that orangey-honey color like the floor in the kitchen above. Very cozy. Very much had that ‘library’ feel. But I also liked it painted where it felt so crisp and clean and modern. I wish they still made that paneling! I bet a lot of people would choose it for certain rooms in their homes.

    Very lovely traditional styled home. Thanks for sharing it.

  23. Linda Page says

    Forgot to mention that I love the house. I could live there in a heart beat! I also love Metamorphosis Monday and all of the blogs listed at the end of your article. Fun, fun, fun!! Had fun in St Francisville but left a day early as I got sick from a terrible allergy attack/sinus crud and feel horrible. My camera acted up. I think I pushed a button somehow that I should not have and at times could not take pics. The houses were all residences that were built in early 1800’s and were wonderful. You would have loved it. Didn’t see Rick unfortunately!!

  24. crumpety cottage says

    P.S. I just noticed the little tiny chair by the bottom of the bunk bed steps. 🙂 Awww.

    • Pam, did you notice the light switch by the top bunk? I wonder if that’s so the light can be turned off without getting back out of the bed. Or maybe it works a light over the top bunk.

      • crumpety cottage says

        No, I didn’t! Good eye. That makes a lot of sense and would sure make it easier to drift off while reading without having to wake yourself back up to climb down and turn off a light. I love that they thought of that. I have come to discover that designing and having custom furniture made is a great idea and it doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune, either. That bunk bed is like a fort. Chip had one like that too, didn’t he? A cozy place to hunker down and read or draw or play video games. They are great for kids. Heck, even I would like one. 😀 (big kid)

        • Yep, he did. All his furniture is in the garage, waiting for Mr. Court to get big enough to need it. 🙂 I know, I think when we get older, we do the same thing and just call them “nooks.” 🙂

          • Lol, nooks. 😀 We’re basically just a lot of tall children who still love to get cozy in our forts. Awww, I love that Court will have his daddy’s furniture. That’s awesome. 🙂

  25. Beautiful home! The upstairs is really pretty. I love the lower ceilings and built in storage.

    I wonder if the paneling had once been knotty pine paneling? It was very popular in the early 50’s. We had it in our breeze way family room when I was a child. A family friend painted over her knotty pine paneling and it looks very much like the paneling in this home as well as the PB ad.

    Scroll down a little.

  26. That’s definitely ‘knotty pine’ as my mom called it. Found in the kitchen, den or both of 1950’s ranch homes. I have it in my den and painted it the same color as shown. Makes me feel better about it since you like it because I’ve always hated it! Lol.

  27. Susan,
    Great re-do! Think I found the quilt pattern (laurel wreath) at this site:

  28. Wow…what a beautiful home. You really can’t tell that they renovated it. I’m loving that fireplace in the dining room too. Thanks so much for sharing this and for hosting.

  29. What a wonderful home! Every bit of it is so charming but I especially love the curb appeal. Thanks for hosting, Susan, and for such a fun post!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  30. You give us so many opportunities to learn and see what other people in all parts of the country are creating in their homes. Thank you for that. If ever you get a makeover involving raising the step-down one step into the living area – so popular in the 70s-80s – please publish. Ours is a step down area with doors to patio, so raising it involves getting into the roof line, involving framing, electric, roofing crew, doors = $$$$$ We want to have all one floor level so our house a better fit for being “old”. We have through the years experienced people not realizing there is a step down and they have fallen or nearly gone down. Particularly when there is a crowd here. Also: I just had a careless mover break a spindle in my mother’s Boston rocker. Cannot find or get a ref for anyone in my area who will touch it. More antiques and craftsmen in the south, so wondering if you know of website I might visit to begin my search on this? Many thanks.

    • Kath, I know that step was very popular back then and no one wants them now…probably for the reasons you mentioned. If I see anything helpful about that, I’ll let you know. You know what I think I’d do, call a few of the antique stores in your area and asked them who is the best person in your area. I would start with the antique stores that carry high-end pieces. I bet they will know of someone in your area who can do repairs and do them correctly. Do you have a large city within say a 1 hours drive of you? If your local antique shops don’t have anyone they can highly recommend, check with antique stores in a bigger city nearby. A lot of time the really quality people are booked up, so that will be a good sign if you contact someone and they can’t get to it for a few months.

  31. Such a pretty house! Thanks so much for sharing. :0)

  32. This home definitely looks and feels like a home. I can feel it through my computer screen. Oh this really reinforces that I will never want a totally open concept home. When you want to be alone, you can. If you want to be loud, you can! It’s open and airy and cozy at the same time, the way a home should be.

  33. bobbi duncan says

    Hi, Susan. Lovely renovation. Atlanta has many beautiful older homes. I had this paneling in my first home. Ours was cypress wood that the original owner salvaged from an historic mansion. He was a carpenter and added so many lovely touches to the home. I hated that we had to move but the home was too small for our growing family. Wish I would have thought to paint ours because it looks so much prettier and makes the house brighter, too. Thanks for the tour and the memories.

  34. Jann Olson says

    The home is so cozy and warm. You’re right, you would never know that it had been added on to. Thanks for the party!

  35. I would never have guessed it was added on to! Lots of rooms with lots of space. A nice share. Good to see you here. Thanks for sharing.

  36. What are the manufacturer and name of the paint used within the sitting room and dining room?

  37. The quilts on the single beds remind me of the cross stitch quilts my mom made in the 60’s and 70’s. They were manufactured under the brand name Bucilla and there were many different patterns. They are pre-printed on muslin, then cross stitched or embroidered over the print.

  38. We had a mountain cabin built in 1948 that had that warm unpainted pine paneling. It was so homey.

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