Homeowners Remodel 1857 Kennesaw Farmhouse into Inspired Shared Workplace
When Cindy and Dale Hughes decided to start their own consulting firm that assists local businesses, charities and community projects, they wanted their workspace to be a reflection of both their personalities and their business vision. Once they located the perfect building, an historic Kennesaw farmhouse built in 1857, they next needed to select a team to help turn it into the office space for Jeremiah Consulting.
Establishing Jeremiah Consulting was an entirely new venture for the Hugheses, so delegating the duty of designing the space to a professional team was the most efficient approach. They researched area interior designers, noted the portfolio of local team Kandrac & Kole and then became captivated by the nonprofit projects to which the designers are passionately committed. Designer Kelly Kole recalls, “They chose us because our charity work (which we share on our blog and website) really resonated with their company’s core values. They expressed very clearly what was important to them, not only in terms of material surroundings, but also spiritually. They wanted their offices to tell a story about them and Jeremiah Consulting.”
Maximizing the layout of the farmhouse, Kandrac & Kole created very different spaces for the upstairs and the downstairs. The main floor, which includes a conference area and Dale’s office, has a distinctly masculine feel with his law books, taxidermy collection and a rugged fireplace. Cindy claimed the upstairs, longing for a colorful, whimsical space with cozy seating and a large gallery wall. Kole elaborates, “We always had [their story] in the forefront of our minds as we scoured antique markets and unique places. For example, we found a French church pew from the 1800s to put in the foyer.” It was the perfect touch for a family business dedicated to incorporating spiritual development and community service into their company focus.
Their office (truly a home-away-from-home) reflects a warm, inviting space that encourages people to find initiatives to enhance and expand Kennesaw through positive action. The farmhouse from a bygone age now has a reclaimed purpose as the ideal place to host colleagues and community leaders all collaborating for the future of their beloved city.
Kandrac & Kole Interior Design