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Reinventing space takes great vision. Sometimes the simplicity of raw materials like cement, concrete block, white subway tiles and even rusting metal panels can be used to elevate a space. A former automobile electrical-parts business in Atlanta's West End was transformed into a work / live space that remains close to its industrial roots — so close, that the anonymous exterior remains nearly unchanged after an extensive renovation...

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The New York Times story Second Life explores the changes in the building that houses David Yocum and Brian Bell's architecture firm, bldgs and a living space for Yocum and his wife. The interior of the building was opened up with a 1,650-square-foot courtyard. The addition of large windows into the open courtyard and skylights in the new roof supply the space's natural light...

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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

There are additional photos in the accompanying slideshow and even more (including a floorplan) here.

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