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A Classic Meets Modern Townhouse Renovation in Atlanta

August 28, 2023

Atlanta financial advisor Joey Ready moved from Charlotte to Atlanta in 2020 with the perfect idea: to purchase a brick townhome in the heart of the city. After teaming up with a real estate agent to find his dream home, an unexpected surprise threw a major wrench in his renovation plans — a global pandemic.

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza. From: HGTV Handmade.

Set in Stone

Financial advisor Joey Ready found his dream pad in Midtown Atlanta — a dreamy, brick townhome with Kris Jenner-inspired interior design, a Gucci wallpaper print powder room and stunning chef’s kitchen. But that’s not how the home was originally designed. Cue contractor woes, install company hiccups and supply chain delays all culminating into a big, drawn-out renovation to remember. “I moved to Atlanta from Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2020 right before Covid,” Joey says. “So I got maybe a month or two of normal life before [it] hit. And it was definitely a challenging year.”

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Photo: Joey Ready. From: HGTV Handmade.

Before: Dated, Dark Living Room

After living in a short-term, one bedroom rental, Joey decided it was time to make a more permanent purchase. “When I lived in Charlotte, I had a townhome right in downtown” he says. “So when I moved to Atlanta, I knew I wanted something similar. My realtor, Kathy, took me to so many different townhomes and spent so much time with me, but I think that really helped me make a decision. So I went on Zillow and favorited all of the units in this [building]. Then, one finally came on the market at 7 a.m. ... I remember calling [Kathy] and just saying to put in the offer. But when we first walked in, after I already submitted the offer, there was a lot of things that I didn’t like."

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza. From: HGTV Handmade.

After: Saved by the Contractor

“Bones-wise, it was my dream townhome, and it had everything I wanted: a two-car garage, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and right in the city," Joey says. "But I also realized it was a lot of work. And it was definitely hard to find a contractor here, especially during COVID when everyone was doing renovations." After Joey’s many failed attempts to get someone to work on the space, a contractor from a tile company he was working with agreed to help with the renovation. “He was great and I feel like I really lucked out."

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza. From: HGTV Handmade.

Kardashian Entrance

"I love the entryway," Joey says. "But when I first got it, it was just all black, square tiles. And this is the first thing people see when they walk in the door. I’m a big Kris Jenner fan, so I love how she has the black-and-white tile. That was something that I knew I wanted to do, even though it’s a smaller entryway."

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