The Heads had outgrown their home of seven years, but they loved the charm and convenience of their Mountain Brook neighborhood. Their house sits between the equally delightful communities of Mountain Brook Village and English Village, two of the three towns (Crestline is the third) laid out in the early 20th century by landscape architect Warren Manning.
The combination of a long narrow lot and the owners’ love of the home’s front elevation, with its exaggerated roofline, front chimney, and arched doorway, directed placement of a much needed addition at the back of the residence.
“The original 1920s Tudor cottage had all the pieces and parts of a big house, but it was really quite modest in terms of square footage,” explains Ingram. To make room to add on, a detached two-car garage with a second-floor apartment was demolished. Fortunately, the razed structure was constructed with the same bricks as the house, which meant they could be salvaged to ensure the new addition blended seamlessly with the original home.