As the founder of Coastal life magazine and the mastermind behind the top 20 HGTV Dream Homes, Jack Thomasson has helped shape the likes and desires of homeowners for decades. For his own home in Roswell, he made it personal. “Of all the dream homes I’ve built, this is the one I’m most proud of,” says Jack.
The starting point for it all was a 1950s cottage – just 700 square feet – that stood on bucolic farmland near Roswell’s bustling Canton Street corridor. “I looked at the architectural style of the chalet and took off,” says Jack, who applied his skills as a residential planner to incorporate the original house in an enlarged version. He and his partner, Christian Strong, have their primary residence in Florida, but they live here when they spend time with Jack’s daughters, Dustin and Sidney.
The understated front porch, foyer, and a girl’s bedroom all come from the original chalet, but Jack then added a larger U-shaped structure with farmhouse elements. “No Lost Parts” became a mantra during the design process. The end result is a one story home surrounded by views and access to the outdoors.
Vaulted ceilings are a signature element, from 26-foot-high versions in the great room and kitchen, edged in stained white oak, to equally interesting versions in the girls’ bedrooms, the owners bedroom, the bathroom. of the owners, the kitchen and the guests. bedroom. The floors are worm-eaten chestnut salvaged from a North Carolina barn, adding to the rustic character. Jack also had his mason lay the bricks vertically, with heavier mortar in places, a look inspired by a historic barn he saw in Macon. “There is definitely a masculine vibe,” Jack admits.
Although Jack comes from an industry with a keen eye on trends, this house largely ignores ever-changing opinions. A distance from large rooms? He disagrees, noting that the great room / dining / kitchen is the main gathering place in the house – no extra rooms, offices or basements here. The idea that open shelves have no place in a kitchen? He and Christian, the cook of the house, use theirs daily.
It won’t be his last house project, but Jack hints he might be here for a while. He admits, “I haven’t done anything here with the idea of reselling.”
[Editor’s note: After this story went to press, Thomasson put the home on the market, listing it for $2.4 million.]
RESOURCES | Residential planner Jack Thomasson, Home Office Landscaping Gibbs Landscape, gibbslandscape.com Outside Painting: “Cotton Balls” by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com. Lanterns: Gas lanterns by Sheryl, gaslanternsandlights.com. Foyer Presidents: Cantoni, cantoni.com. Lamps: Artteriors, artteriorshome.com. Big room Light fixtures (also in the dining room and the kitchen): Artteriors. Upholstered sofa and armchairs: RH, rh.com. Side chairs: The porch on South Main, theporchonsouthmain.com. Horse painting: Patrick Taylor Fine Art, patricktaylorfineart.com. Dining room Chairs: The porch on South Main. Paints: Masterpol, masterpol.com. Food All appliances: Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove, subzero-wolf.com. Bar stools: RH. Owner’s room Painting: SaSa Art, sasa-art.com. Lamps: Scott Antiques Markets, scottantiquemarket.com. owners’ bath Lights: Lumens, lumens.com. Custom mirror: Joe Mastro Custom Iron, 678-600-4580. Pool area Furniture: RH.
This article appears in our Fall 2021 issue of The home of Atlanta magazine.