Story of a Restoration
This historic home, which belonged to Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola, needed a tremendous amount of restoration and repair. Some of our objectives included replacing the original roof and repairing roof framing, repairing/replacing the curved portico, replacing the tile on the porches, and repairing/replacing the Ionic columns and the entire entablature.
We strived to restore the home using using similar designs and, wherever possible, similar materials. There were many challenges in this product, but the end result was extremely rewarding. The home has been restored to its original glory.
The curved porch demolition exposed a completely rotten structure – it was amazing that it was still standing! Additionally, a previous owner had cut joists to install lights and fan.
The coring and testing of the soil through the substrate of the tile revealed that the dirt underneath was not compacted; nor was it able to adequately support the slab.
So much structural damage existed at the tops of the columns/capitals/entablature that the columns had to be locked together with 2×4’s to keep them secure as they were repaired.
The greatest challenge, however, came from the need to restore the home using similar designs and materials.
After a lengthy search, three brothers were discovered in Chicago who owned an old government press. Roofing samples of the original metal tiles were hand delivered. They made – one by one – 4,240 pieces of galvanized steel tiles, 720 pieces of valley and eave, 257 pieces of decorative hip/ridge and 4 decorative finials. These pieces were ordered coated with a Kynar finish.
Finding a ready-made tile that was ¾” porcelain without a bevel became impossible. The tile available from manufacturers was 1” with a bevel, which a mock-up revealed looked like a floor at a fast food establishment. After research, a small entrepreneur was able to make the field tiles in a snowflake design and the Greek key border.
The slab was removed and chance anchors and grade beams were installed to support the new slab.
The engineering firm detailed the sizes and spacing of repairs to the structural wooden columns. The new staves were made and hand-sanded into place to preserve the design of the tapered columns.
We found a company in Arkansas that was able to make both the porch floor’s field tile in a snowflake design and the Greek key border.
Handcrafted Homes, Inc. won the 2013 Remodeling Design Awards in the category, “Historically Sensitive Renovation Over $300,000” for this renovation.