Everyone wants a weekender, right? A place they can slip off to. Whether it would be located at the beach, the mountains, the lake, the woods or wherever; the important thing is that it is a place of rest and rejuvenation. A place to nourish ones inner nature. It is a Home that replenishes the soul. For me, a Home in this setting would have a completely different feel than a primary residence. Its scale and size would relate to a more casual and relaxed pace. It’s warmth is what becomes endearing and routinely draws you back. Without a doubt, I would certainly desire for it to be polished and refined, but, clean and simple would be the over-riding name of the game.
Archive for September, 2011
Posted in Authentic Design, Interior Views, Kitchen Design, Thoughts, Well Composed, tagged Architecture, Design Build, Design Matters, Distinctive Remodeling, Interior Designers, Kitchen Renovations, Well Composed on September 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
In following up on my latest post; entitled “The One” and which highlighted my all time favorite kitchen, I thought that I would dedicate the next two blogs to the close runner-ups. This one here is the product of the collaborative effort of William Litchfield Residential Designs and Jacquelynne P. Lanham Designs. I just happened to come across it while roaming through the AH&L archives. When I look at this kitchen, I see a true gentleman’s estate. One that is full of complexity and sophistication ; yet, comfortable. One that is complete in integrity. One where the whole composition is working well, undivided, integrated, intact and uncorrupted.
And here’s the second one:
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Posted in Events, Kitchen Design, Transformations, Well Composed, tagged Design Build, Design Matters, Distinctive Remodeling, Inspirations Kitchen and Bath, NARI, Remodeling on September 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Hey guys ~
In case you’re looking for something to do this Weekend, the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes is going on Saturday and Sunday. We have 2 Homes on the tour this year and both of them are being presented on Saturday.
Here is the first one:
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I suppose a few of you guys (ones in the know) have seen this one before. Apparently, photos of it have been floating around for a little while now. I just happened to stumble upon it when I was wandering around the other weekend. From the first moment that I laid eyes on it though, I was done. Totally drawn in and utterly enamored.
This kitchen was created by well noted kitchen designer Cynthia Zeigler and from my perspective, it is a true masterpiece. Cynthia’s reputation is impeccable as she has been distinguished as one of the most sought after designers in the Atlanta market. However, one of the things that I admire so much with this kitchen is the way that it relates with other elements of the home. When building a custom home, it is critical to bring in the main designers (from every discipline) early on in the process to ensure a cohesive and collaborative approach. For me, the iron window is the primary statement maker of the entire space. Yet, here is the kick. You can not have windows of this caliper in just one room of the home. Certainly not every window in the house needs to be of iron construction; however, they do need to relate to the window ensemble as a whole. For this to happen, these decisions need to be made early on in the design process. I also love how the windows align with the top of the upper cabinets and rest directly on the countertops. Perfectly proportioned. The cabinets themselves are very stately with the side styles extending all the way down to the floor. And when combined with the marble tops, a sense of elegance is achieved. I am also impressed with the connection that is made with the room’s various fixtures. Notice how the spotlights on the ceiling tracks correlate to the hanging fixtures over the island. Very Cool.
Well, this has been quite the crazy week. Financial markets are all over the place. Volatility oversees. Just a general unrest in the air. It is certainly enough to cause an individual to grow weary. In spite of all of this though, there are definitely some good things happening in the world as well; and I would like to take a moment and tell you about my latest finds.
You see, I love to give my kids advise. Just plain honest, uninhibited, cut to the truth guidance ~ the way I see it. From my perspective; if nothing else, at least I can share with them what I do know (the good, the bad and the ugly) and hopefully they will take a little bit of it to heart. One of the things that they have heard me say a lot is ”To surround yourself with the brightest and most talented people who you can find and you will go far”. I say this in part because I believe 100% in their own God-given abilities; but, I also believe that the crowd you hang around with has a tremendous impact on the outcome of your pursuits. Over the past couple of months, there are two organizations that I have joined which represent this class of professionalism in my industry that I think you would want to hear about.
Let me first tell you about Design Collective. One of the truly unique attributes of this organization is the way that it is structured. You may have heard of Capella Kincheloe. She is a designer, blogger, genuine influencer and one of the original co-founders of the organization. What I am initially drawn to about the group though is that it is viewed as an entity in which everyone has an ownership stake in it. More so than most industry organizations that I have been a part of. The members there are committed and dedicated professionals who strive to be at the top their fields. You will find interior designers, architects, artists, builders, vendors and other design professionals who absolutely strive to be the best that they can be. Through this dedication and a collaborative approach to help others succeed, I believe that you will find a fair number of their members emerge as the rising stars in the design arena. Not to mention, they have some pretty fun outings. This past week we went to Andrew T. Crawford Ironworks. Talk about a cool facility. This guy is a sculptor extraordinaire and he can make things out of metal that will just blow your mind.
The other group that I am extremely excited about is the ICA&A. The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. I had a good friend recommend this organization to me and the more that I looked into it, the more I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it. The membership stretches from design enthusiast (like myself), to top-notch builders, designers and architects. I would have to say that these are the folks who literally shape the residential architectural landscape of Atlanta. Through membership, not only do you have the opportunity to network with some of the brightest individuals in the industry, but, you can also take advantage of tremendous educational opportunities, visit state of the art facilities or go on walking tours of fascinating places of interest around Atlanta. Some of the most recent tours have included a behind the scenes exploration of Underground Atlanta, a personal trip through Serenbe led by founder Steve Nygren, and a guided tour of Notable Historic Estates around Buckhead as presented by Norman Askins, Laura Depree and Jonathan LaCrosse. The first event that I attended with the group was a tour of a Limestone and dimensional stone fabrication facility, called Cutting Edge Stone, which was led by Jon Berndsen. Fantastic afternoon.
There are a couple of things that I would like to leave you with as they relate to this post. Just some things that I have learned while going through this economic downturn. The first would be to stick to your passion. Too often, people will try to adjust their approach, their offering or their “work” in order to become more attractive to a larger customer base. I believe in the opposite. I think that now is the time to be courageous, steadfast and committed to the place that you want to go. Be Authentic. Be Transparent. And Be Bold. The world longs for people who are true to their nature. So, let your passion shine through and opportunities will eventually attract themselves to you. Secondly, regardless of your industry, I would strongly encourage you to seek out the Best of the Best in your chosen field. Hang out with these folks. It is amazing how much you can learn from people by simply stepping into the conversation.
Life is short, there’s not a lot of money to be made by anyone…so you might as well do what you Love. Go where you want to go.
Thx to both Design Collective and ICA&A, I am truly honored to be a part of each of these organizations.
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Posted in Authentic Design, Thoughts, What is Composed, tagged Architecture, Bonner Custom Homes, Design Build, Design Matters, Land Plus Associates, Landscape Architects, Norman Askins Architecture, Well Composed on September 18, 2011 | 4 Comments »
Lately, I’ve had my dream place on the mind again. In fact, everyone in the family has been talking about their “dream” place. It’s not that we have a hard time hanging out with each other, Not at all. It’s just that we each want a place of our own. A place that we can retreat to. I think that this longing is something that is hardwired into our nature. My wife would like to redo the master bedroom and bathroom. My oldest son wants me to finish out part of the basement so he can establish his lair down there. My daughter would like to expand her room into a portion of the unfinished attic so that she could have her own private hangout zone. And my little one is still on a treehouse kick. One with zip lines, trap doors and direct TV of course. Me ~ I want to go a little bigger. Always do. For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored with the concept of building accessory structures on a site. Whether you’re looking for a unique office space, an art studio, a reading / relaxation room or a true guest house, nothing compares to a complimentary, smaller scaled auxiliary building. Nothing can compare to how they enhance the overall complexion of the property. Just take the stand alone pool house for example.
Posted in Authentic Design, Interior Views, Kitchen Design, Transformations, What is Composed, Whole House Renovations, tagged Architecture, Atlanta, Bay Windows, Design, Design Build, Design Matters, Distinctive Remodeling, Home, Inspirations Kitchen and Bath, Interior Designers, Remodeling, Renovations, Well Composed on September 14, 2011 | 7 Comments »
I think you will most definitely enjoy this one. It was not only fun to build out, but, it also had an incredible, earth-shattering impact on the character of the Home. Located in the Brookfield Country Club right on the golf course, this home was the collection of multiple renovations performed by the previous owner. Not only did the craftsmanship leave a lot to be desired, the interior lacked continuity and flow. Our clients purchased the property out of foreclosure with the hopes of transforming it into something special. The only problem was…they had a hard time figuring out what that “something special” was supposed to look like.
Here we have the kitchen:
Posted in Authentic Design, Kitchen Design, What is Composed, tagged Architecture, Atlanta, Design Build, Design Matters, Distinctive Remodeling, Kitchen Renovations, Remodeling, Well Composed on September 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
A couple of weeks ago, I featured this home’s master bath. In case you missed it, you can catch it here. Today ~ I thought I’d bring you some photos from the kitchen project. I absolutely love this home . It is located in the quiet little community of Loring Heights, just west of Atlanta. For these owners, it is all about the location. Here, they are minutes from Atlantic Station and a vibrant lifestyle while still residing in a quiet, peaceful setting surrounded by nature. All of the homes in the neighborhood are quaint and the streets are lined with magnificent trees. They found this unpolished gem and instantly knew that it had the potential to be transformed it into an abode which could truly reflect their individuality. Earlier, we added on a new master bedroom, master bath and reworked the hall bath and laundry. The owners tackled other areas on their own creating balance and flow as you move from one space to another. The kitchen though was the last daunting challenge. The original layout was confined to an 8′ x 8′ room which was cut off from the eating area and disconnected from other areas of the home. Here again, I apologize for the lack of before pictures, but I hope you enjoy these.
I’m standing in what was originally the breakfast room. There was actually a full wall located approximately where the raised bar top is which separated these two rooms.
With the small confines of this kitchen, everything was about maximizing its storage and organizational abilities. All of the details were very well thought out and every item had its place.
Right now, I am standing in what use to be a side porch. Quite often, homes that were built in this era would have a morning porch where people could go out and have a cup of coffee while reading the paper. While nice to have, this was some valuable real estate that could be rolled into the kitchen plan.
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Posted in Authentic Design, Thoughts, What is Composed, tagged Architects, Architecture, Atlanta, Design Build, Design Matters, Distinctive Remodeling, Dormers, Peter Block Architecture, Well Composed on September 5, 2011 | 1 Comment »
In case you missed it, I recently did a whole post on the importance of getting the roof dormer right. You can see the whole thing by clicking here. Anyway, while killing time and strolling through some websites I came across this one and it just blew me away.