The Pond House at 637 Polk Street NW in Marietta, Georgia is the home of Dale and Stephanye Peek. The Peeks purchased the house as their first home in 1980, and raised a family within its walls. After living there for 35 years, they chose to not just renovate their home, but reimagining it in the Craftsman style associated with the early 20th century.
The Applewood subdivision, in which The Pond House is located, is walking distance from Marietta Square. As the neighborhood has matured, it is providing opportunities for homeowners to explore updates – some are maintaining their existing cedar-sided appearance, and some are dramatically redesigned. The Peek’s home will become a distinctive element within the community, integrating the original structure of the house with contemporary interpretation of an iconic Craftsman home.
Dale Peek is an architect and the principal of Peek Design Group, and he is known for his Traditionally-inspired designs of contemporary homes. Because the house at 637 Polk is structurally similar to Craftsman homes, he was inspired to renovate the home in this vernacular style which is already so well represented in historic Marietta.
Key elements of the renovation include:
- Replacing the front porch with one that is true to the craftsman styling.
- Relocating the laundry from the basement to an addition on the main floor.
- Adding a separate workshop and garden room apart from the garage.
- Improving the master suite with a larger bathroom and closet.
- Creating a main level powder room.
- Installing a new roof, windows, and siding.
- Moving the driveway to allow for a parking area near the front door in addition to the drive-under garage.
- Creating a new landscaping design.
- Integrating stained glass as a design element for the house.
The Pond House
637 Polk has been named The Pond House. This name was inspired by the cattail stained glass window that has been designed for the front of the home, as well as one of the Peek’s favorite restaurants in Brinson, Georgia – a small community near Bainbridge, Stephanye’s hometown. There will be cattail-inspired elements throughout the property in addition to the stained glass window, including cattail-like designs in the railings, and a water feature that will be part of the back yard’s landscape architecture.
The renovation is scheduled to begin near the end of October 2015. It is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2016.