Montgomery, Alabama-based designer Ashley Gilbreath works through years of neglect to restore her 1910 Craftsman-style home that's just doors down from where Zelda Fitzgerald once lived.
Ashley Gilbreath transformed her sagging home into a stunning Southern beauty.
Intent on preserving her home's architectural details and character, Ashley Gilbreath wanted to salvage and restore. "I reused
what I could and replicated anything new to be as close to the original as possible," she says. "If I'd wanted a brand-new
house, I would have bought one." With extensive structural rebuilding, she brought back the beauty.
Here's how she made the transformation.
While many of the porches' floorboards and railings had rotted and needed to be replaced, the front door (including sidelights) and all of the front windows and siding needed only cosmetic maintenance. The ebony door was restained, windows reglazed, and siding repainted with Sherwin-Williams' Palais White. "We had to pressure wash and scrape a bunch!" says Ashley.
"A contractor had convinced a previous owner to put solar panels on the outside," says Ashley. After the unattractive panels were removed, the exterior wall just needed to be patched and painted. Using old photos as inspiration, Ashley also had skilled carpenters copy the home's original second-story porch.
Landscape designer James Farmer helped Ashley complement her home with a low-key front garden of iconic Southern plants and casual pea-gravel paths.
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