EMPTY NESTERS ACCIDENTLY CREATE THEIR PERFECT NEXT-CHAPTER ABODE IN HISTORIC ROSWELL
Written by Giannina S. Bedford
Photographed by John Haigwood and Kyle Ripley, Haigwood Studios
Purchasing and renovating a condemned home in downtown Roswell was Joane and Mike Goodroe’s idea of an adventurous real estate project. “We didn’t know if we were going to buy it and fix it up and sell it, but as we got more into [the renovation], we realized it would be the perfect next house for us,” says Joane.
In 2016, the empty nesters, bought the 800-square-foot 1940s cottage. In the course of two years, they transformed the residence into a 2,400-square-foot showpiece that was recently featured on The Roswell Historical Society’s Tour of Homes.
“From the front, you can’t even tell [the size] and people are stunned when they see the inside.” What really sold Joane on making this her home was the potential to create a great room with an open kitchen that would accommodate her extended family during their many gatherings. “Our mom was Italian, so a lot of events were about everybody getting together and food. That has really continued in our family,” Joane says. “It was important that the kitchen and living space functioned as a place a lot of people could be together."
This central gathering space is anchored by an 8-by-5-foot island topped with an off-white, slightly translucent South American quartz with dark-hued veining. White cabinets contrast with the wood island base, which matches the vaulted ceiling soffits and hardwood floors. Display cabinets and built-ins showcase vintage Japanese teacups and French Limoges plates.
“The kitchen is wonderful for cooking,” Joane says, “and it’s also the perfect place for our extended family gatherings.”
Excerpt is from an article featured in the FALL issue of Flavors Magazine, subscribe today and don't miss a single issue!
The Roswell Historical Society presents 2019 Tour of Homes on September 14th, 2019 from 10am - 4pm. This is a rare chance to see inside some of the new and historically restored homes that make Roswell so special - including the Historic Gardens at Mimosa Hall!
For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit: roswellhistoricalsociety.org/tourofhomes.html