Architects Bates Corkern Studio turn a 1930s home into the neighborhood favorite by pairing timeless details with classic proportions.
Photo: Gary Clark
- Favorite architectural style: We can't pick just one! We love the Regency period of the 1830s—excellent examples are in New Orleans and Charleston, SC. We also love a pared-down modern look that's elegant, not harsh.
- Small upgrade that makes a big difference: Raising door heights from 6 feet to 7½ or 8 feet makes exteriors appear much taller.
- Make a statement by... Painting the front door a bright color, such as peacock blue, that reflects your not-so-serious side.
- Worthy splurge: Quality windows and doors help lend homes critical historical accuracy and depth.
- Stock up on... Jewelry-like exterior hardware. Our top sources are E.R. Butler & Co. (erbutler.com) and The Nanz Company (nanz.com).
- No. 1 design mistake: Overt trendiness. If you really love a trend, though, find a way to make the look your own.
- No Southern home should be without... A magnolia tree and an ice-maker.