Magazine article Black Enterprise

Changing Spaces: A Georgia Couple Renovates Their New Home

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Changing Spaces: A Georgia Couple Renovates Their New Home

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Last year, Americans spent an estimated $192 billion on home renovation, according to the National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council. Courtland Bivens III, an aerospace engineer, and his wife, publicist Regina Lynch Hudson, were among them. And the couple knew that in order to transform their new Roswell, Georgia, home into the neoclassical European villa of their dreams, they'd first need to imagine and then create it themselves. Before moving into this upscale North Fulton County community over a year ago, the couple spent five months and thousands of dollars-not to mention countless hours of hard labor--converting this three-story, 6,000-square-foot structure into an artistic showcase.

Lynch Hudson spent roughly five hours a day stuccoing most of the house's huge rooms, while Bivens adorned the formal dining room's ceilings--inspired by the Louis XIV era--and installed ornamental moldings.

"If you come up with a unique idea, finding someone to do it would be problem No. 1. And No. 2, the cost would be astronomical," says Lynch Hudson. While the couple didn't take classes before they began, they both have prior experience and knowledge in home design and took inspiration from home decor magazines and programs on networks such as Home & Garden Television. They also worked with companies to handle projects such as replacing and installing tubs and laying down floors.

The couple's more than $160,000 do-it-yourself project included painting, a complete kitchen overhaul, and new lighting throughout the home. …

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