A town's eyesore transformed to a dream home


After moving six different times in Peachtree City, DeeDee and Peter S. Harvey, M.D. found their dream home in Senoia. The circa 1874 home was originally set on a 23 acre farm, and had definitely seen it’s better days.


An interior designer by trade, DeeDee saw through the wreck and waste of a home that sat before her—she saw potential. The Harveys joined forces with Historical Design Concepts and John Bynum Homes last May and started on a one year journey that would restore this home to a place of esteem for the community and its new owners.

“The house was completely gutted when we bought it,” explains DeeDee, “but, I could see from the start exactly what I wanted.” The home still retains some of the originals ceilings and some of the original heart pine wood floors upstairs, but much of the remainder of the interior was rebuilt using reclaimed pieces from the home itself along with antiques and pieces from around the world.


The Harveys found most of the materials themselves. “The front doors are from New Orleans—they’re made from cypress and match the diamond detail in the porch's lattice work,” explains DeeDee. Other pieces hail from as close as Scott’s Antique Market to Texas, Chicago, England and France.


The beams seen throughout were added not just for the architectural interest, but to provide needed support. In place of traditional interiors doors, pocket doors are seen in nearly every room—some of these were made from doors original to the house and others reclaimed.


An addition to the original footprint yielded a gorgeous breakfast nook and a spiraling staircase that leads to a wine cellar below that is lined with scrap wood original to the home.


DeeDee explains, “We wanted to move to Senoia—we love the small town concept and this was the only house available at the time. It was in shambles and it needed someone to fix it. We took it on and we don’t regret it—we love it. We feel like we did something good.” «

Reclaimed Past

photos  by monica gaddy


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