Not The Norm

I have mentioned before how deceiving homes can be. They can be built so beautifully, so exquisitely, and yet lack so much on the interior side. I am a firm believer that every space can be beautiful, but I often find that not every beautifully built space lives up to that potential. It is one of designs many tragedies, when an architect and designer’s vision don’t harmoniously mesh together. Both play such a crucial role in the making of a phenomenal house, no matter how grand or how small the scale.

Anyone who has a good eye and sense of space can transform an interior, but not every home has a good foundation. To continue with my Georgian theme, I thought I would feature one of Atlanta’s most renown architects and creator of good foundations. Norman Askins has been in the business of designing and restoring some of the most prominent and classic homes throughout Atlanta. While his work is fantastically classic Atlanta, his design vision is anything but the norm.


Askins Residence Villa Vecchia cia TTI

The entrance to Norman’s Atlanta home Villa Vecchia, meaning “Old House”. Photo source: Frances Schultz

Atlanta stone home by Norman Askins via Georgianadesign

A lovely drive to this stone home with striking black shutters. Photo source: Georgiana design


Customa Gate and lantern by Norman Askins via AHL

Askins definitely knows how to add a storybook appeal and personality to his homes. His gates and entrances give his homes architectural charm. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Garden and fountain designed by architect Norman Askins via his website

A magical old world courtyard and fountain. I love the loose landscaping and beautiful arches in his design.

Home by Norman Askins via Veranda

When I think of Atlanta homes this is exactly what comes to mind. Stately, sophisticated, and timeless. Photo source: Veranda

Perfectly appointed pool by Norman Askins

White potted boxwoods by the pool and remarkable symmetry.

Sunroom by Norman Askins Architect

Askins really is a jack of all trades. He can go from traditional to current to old world and back. I love the industrial doors on this seamlessly traditional entry. He does not do boring!

Chinese Chippendale screened in porch by Norman Askins

A Chinese chippendale pool house adds a punch of personality to this backyard pool setting. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

White house black door beuatiful boxwoods by Noman Askins

My idea of heaven. White house, large columns, black shutters and boxwoods.

Blue Garden Gate by Norman Askins via AHL

Another charming garden gate finished in a serene blue.

Book by Norman Askins

Norman Askins book was recently released this month. I can’t wait to order and see more of his superb architectural design. Click picture to purchase.


Photos not tagged can be found on the website of Norman Askins.