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See an Atlanta Home Go From Small to Sprawling to Make Room for a Growing Family

September 11, 2023

After several years of making their 1,700-square-foot home work, Chip and Joni Lay jumped into a large-scale renovation that gave them 4,400 square feet of living space for their large family.

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Meet Chip and Joni

Chip and Joni Lay live in Atlanta with their four daughters. Joni runs Lay Baby Lay, a lifestyle blog full of inspiration for decorating nurseries and kids' bedrooms. Their home is a spacious, custom-designed space with carefully curated rooms and Joni's vintage eclectic syle, but there was a time when the Lays were dealing with a growing family and a seemingly shrinking house.

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage ...

... and then came their house. This is an undated photo of the house provided by the previous owners when Chip and Joni bought it in 2008, just a year after they got married.

It had vintage charm with a great yard, and the neighborhood was walkable. The home was going to be a temporary stop; they always assumed they would eventually move to a bigger house, but they just couldn't bear to leave. There was only one solution: a massive renovation that would make the home work for them.

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Before: No Vacancy

Prior to the renovation, their two-bedroom, two-bathroom house came in at 1,700 square feet, which was doable when they only had two children, but they knew it couldn't work forever.

Joni and Chip's bedroom felt more enclosed with dark paint and a small window.

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After: Open and Airy

Now, their bedroom features a large window, new bed, funky oval bench and forest-themed wallpaper.

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