Conversation on Design 4

When Diane Johnson finished renovating this 9,000 sq. ft home on Lake Windward two years ago, the homeowner kept the Alpharetta designer on speed dial. Ms. Johnson and her team managed the design during a total home renovation. Builders took the home down to the studs and even replaced the entire outer facade of the house. “The homeowner loved her lot, and didn’t want to move homes, but just wanted a dramatic change,” says Diane, whose firm redesigned the two main floors now ranging from traditional to transitional with modern art. The terrace level now is contemporary and opens up to the outdoor terrace overlooking the lake.

For Diane, conversation is crucial to her success–and her clients’ happiness. When Diane started the project, she sat down with the client and discovered the family does a lot of entertaining, hosting company functions and parties. She asked about color and style preferences and together they chose grays and yellows, with subtle silver and gold accents.

On the terrace level, a wall of doors open completely to extend the living space, spilling out into the inviting terrace outside. Custom details grace the home throughout, like the handrail on the catwalk and front stairwell and stone staircases and fireplaces that warm the transitional home.