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$565K Edgewood Modern is a Squatter House No Longer

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During construction, the home was wrapped in a painted mural of zen, which beats plywood

This modern-style renovation on a corner lot in Edgewood looks nothing like the squatter-occupied, 1940s tract home it used to be. The team behind the project says it represents a mission accomplished — and one that emanates good vibes.

Lording over Hosea Williams Drive, just east of Moreland Avenue, the expanded residence now offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 2,600 square feet, with stained concrete floors, a soaring back patio, ceilings vaulted like Gumby's head, and unique custom touches throughout (see the stairwell). It listed a few days ago at $565,000.

It's the work of Urban Purpose, a company founded two and 1/2 years ago that now has some 20 projects around town nearing completion or hitting the market soon, officials tell Curbed.

David Hauser, Urban Purpose Design principal and cofounder, said the concept of the Hosea project is "Emergence," in that the end result uplifts a prominent corner of a key Edgewood thoroughfare.

Builders incorporated as much of the existing home into the new structure as possible, Hauser said. "We demolished existing patios and used the crushed concrete from these patios as retaining walls," Hauser wrote in an email. "We offered the former roof structure (pine 2 by 10s) on Craigslist for pickup in hope of reuse. We employed local artisans for the custom details and project labor and management."

The project even leans on a metaphor — the lotus.

"During construction, we had a mural artist, Shaylen Broughton, paint a lotus mural on the home as part of the urban uplift and beautification while in the ugly 'under construction' phase," said Hauser. "A microcosm of this emergence is found in the back yard of the home, where a rotten oak tree needed to be taken down. Once this tree was down, all that was left was a hollow stump ... rather than demolish the stump, we are using [it] as a planter, housing a maple that will grow and mature with the home ... as this neighborhood flourishes, so with the maple."

Which begs the question: Could construction-phase house murals become a thing around Atlanta?