The new Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel comedy Life As We Know It hasn’t gotten great reviews.
What is getting raves, however, is the couple’s house in the movie.
So when a reader told me that the Colonial-style house from the movie is on the market in Atlanta, I knew we had to take a look!
The “Life As We Know It” House in Atlanta
Life As We Know It was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, where the story takes place.
According to the production notes, finding the house that Holly (played by Heigl) and Messer (Duhamel) would live in while raising their friends’ baby, was key.
The Production Designer was Maher Ahmad, who explains:
“For the exterior, we settled on a Colonial style house on a very pleasant street, with a bit of a curve and a little bit of a hill, providing good angles on the house. Then we had to determine what we needed for the interior of the house, since we didn’t want to simply replicate what our real house offered inside.”
The interiors were all sets created on a soundstage, but they were inspired by the rooms of the real house.
The Real Family Room:
In this shot, you can see how they replicated the ceilings from the real house on the set:
Director Greg Berlanti says that two of the fireplaces on the set were operational, to help convey the passage of seasons: “The movie takes place over the course of about a year, and all the events that come with that–birthdays, Thanksgiving, and so on.”
The set designers expanded the sizes of the interior rooms to make filming easier but wanted them to reflect the look of the real house.
Ahmad says his goal was to create a set that would allow the directors of photography “as much variation in things to see and ways to shoot while keeping as much architectural and visual interest as possible.
To give them a lot of open views and the ability to move easily from one room to another, I designed big French doors and a back hallway that connects everything together, so they could dolly through on any kind of axis and see the big entry hall.”
The house was built in 1945 and renovated in 1995. It has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths.
There’s a white kitchen in the movie with lots of glass-front cabinets:
It has black counters, wood floors and pendant lights similar to the one in Something’s Gotta Give:
The real kitchen is a lot darker, though, with stained cabinets and no window:
“All of the appliances in the kitchen had to function, especially once Holly moves in because she is a chef and we would see her cooking,” according to Ahmad.
Producer Barry Josephson says the design team was asked to create a warm and happy home:
“After the tragedy they’ve just gone through, we couldn’t have them move into a house that was somber. It needed to feel like Holly and Messer would be off to a fair start if they were living there. The design Maher gave us felt very positive and very organic in terms of family.”
Director Greg Berlanti said, “The house was pretty beautiful. I think most of us decided we wanted to live there.” I can see why!
Check the listing for photos and information about 4172 Club Drive in Atlanta.
Movie stills taken by Peter Iovino.
Set Designer Cameron Beasley has floor plans and set photos on his website.