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First, to the Home.

McAlpine Home

Living Room

Dining Area

The Kitchen ~ part 1

The Kitchen ~ part 2

The Master

Her Bath, and yes, there was a His

Covered Patio ~ part 1

Covered Patio ~ part 2

The Pool!!!

So Cool!!!

Once again, the ICAA knocks it out of the park.  This time with a guest lecture (for members only) by McApline Tankersly’s own Bobby McAlpine.  The location was in a Home of one of his few Atlanta projects.  Even though it’s tucked away in the heart of Buckhead, I’ve driven past it many times and always wanted to check it out first hand.  Before actually attending the event though, I had in my mind that this was going to be a piece about architecture and style.  However, afterwards, I think I’ll take it in a little bit of a different direction. 

You see, this was an experience.  Probably because everybody there knew each other and the setting was real comfortable, but, this was no ordinary lecture.  Not in the least.   Bobby’s approach was very candid and he had everybody absolutely captivated.  And that means a lot considering that there were so many talented folks in the room. 

He started out by telling of his childhood.  Born the son of a mill manager in rural Alabama.  Playing in one “dirt lot” after another.  Until one day, when he was still quite young, he looked around and recognized that this was “not his world” … and then he sought out to find it.  

He then relayed an anecdote about how a turn of the century business tycoon was about to make the speech of his career when he was tapped on the shoulder, only to be notified that his long time office manager had passed away.  Afterwards, as the partners tried to come up with a proper eulogy for this lady and everyone was stuck with nothing to say, he announced that “She was born in 1888 in a barn, died in 1932 in a prestigious Manhattan highrise office…She was an astronaut.”

I love that!!!

He then began to take us through a stream of projects.  Typical of presentations like this. Yet, his was full of color.  Kind of the inside story.  But, what caught me was that he was both humble and bold.  What an amazing combination.  Certainly the traits that I would love to develop more of in my own character.

When he wrapped things up, he hung around to greet everyone individually.  Spending a considerable amount of time with anyone and everyone.  A line formed to meet with him.  This to me was the most valuable point of the evening.  I found a few of his past students who were not standing in line like the rest, but, who were recalling stories of spending time in his classroom.  You see, Bobby went back to Auburn University after he had established his own firm and taught for 9 years.  These guys said that he was like no other.  They spoke of the field trips they took to his current projects looking at things from a completely different perspective.  (None of the other professors at the time had their own firm or projects).  They talked about how he would let them try things their own way and then, after they had taken it so far, step in and show them a completely different way of “seeing” things.  They spoke of how he would take to the ones who “truly got it” and commit the time to train them and develop them into a superstar of their own right.  Absolutely cool.  I am such a fan of the whole principle of mentorship and apprenticeship and it appears that he lived it. 

Thanks to all for a wonderful evening,

All my Bests

Kyle

Amazing!

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“I Know A Place”

” I Know A Place”

Sometimes when I am lost
I fall into a kind of trance
and as if sleepwalking
find myself unconsciously
falling toward a place
known by few though by some.
Its architecture begins long
before I get there, for it
transcends the physical.
Though I go alone, I always
carry some one with me
perhaps an imaginary friend
and wear a silent, contained
smile as if to say,
“I know a place.”
It was conceived by no
grown up but by a
dearer creature and
was designed to vail the
brashness that lay outside it.
 
It has no exterior though
it has a lovely face for
those who might not
understand and an almost
apologetic one for those
who do.  It is built of
compassion and so, made to endure.
 
Anything new to enter
is quick to have a healthy
coating of a life rubbed
over it to cloak and protect
it from any one occurrence
that might make itself known
and appear forever too
important.
 
It is here I am safe
and here I am clever
and here I am known
and here I cannot stay
too long.
 
I know a place
whose beauty is incidental
for it is more a piece of
understanding and in
every morsel a lesson in
survival, and it will last.
 
I know a place
that is infinitely complex
and at once simple.
It knows more than me
for it leaves me clues.
And in its fog there is
familiarity and clarity.
I have always known it.
 
I know a place
and it is you.
 

Bobby McAlpine~

Bobby McAlpine ~ Guest Lecturer for ICA&A Southeast Event

 

Home ~ Even though it resonates with nearly everyone ~

there are many who can feel it, some who can visualize it, yet,

there are very, very few who can articulate it.  Bobby just happens

to be one of those exclusive few who can.  And, he continuously

tries to help each and all of us understand what our senses are

trying to convey.

 

Stay tuned for the follow up post that highlights this facinating evening.

All my Bests,

Kyle

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So, I’ve been sitting on a post for a while now, but, hadn’t been able to pull it all together.  While watching the events unfold in the news with North Korea, the timing seemed to be right.  What a miserable, pathetic, impotent attempt at proving something to the world. The worst part though was when the “State” run media outlet made the announcement of the failed launch with the directive for everyone to turn their attention to a gathering where a very important unveiling was about to take place. Kim-Jong-“Ick”  enters the stage and stands all puffed up and waiting for a sheet to be pulled off of his newly commissioned bronze statues of both he and his father.  Ridiculous.  The part that really tore me up was to watch all of those good people standing around, brain washed and mind-numbed, looking on in adoration of this psychotic dictator.  Truly oblivious as to how repressed they really are.

We in America though stand sometimes oblivious to how good we truly have it.  For the longest time now, we’ve been listening to people fret over another coming doom,  Another wave that will do us all in.  A double dip.  Triple dip.  A government that is run amuck.  A world economy that is teetering on a fatal collapse.  And while I certainly do not want to make light of the struggles that some families are still going through.  I do want to express that I feel that we have lost sight of how great our country legitimately is.  That we are not hearing about how remarkable the American spirit genuinely has proven to be.  This country was built by courageous men and women.  And, that there is a rich history of individuals defying the odds to overcome unbelievable obstacles and push forward to a better life for him, his family and his community.

This piece wasn’t at all a rant.  Even though it did feel kind of “soap box-ish”.  My desire with it, and what I truly wanted to express, was that there is a whole lot of good going on.  A lot of great things are happening irregardless of the difficult times that we face.

You know, as I look around, there are signs of life coming up everywhere.  Really positive stuff.

                                                

 

Beacham and Company

Yep, they’re everywhere.  Positive signs popping up all over the place. 

So you can probably tell how excited I was to find this in my inbox.

The Invite

With an invitation as elegant as this, how could I refuse.  I’ve been to one of these reveals before and it was beyond impressive. And from what I can gather, they’re getting better and better as they go.  The feature home for this event was somewhat unique.  With a spectacular location, right on the fringes of the “Duck Pond” Neighborhood.  (I love that aspect of Atlanta, pockets of pure gold tucked in nooks and crannies all around the fine city).  This home was right in the heart of the action. 

Originally built in 1910, yet highly renovated just five years ago.  It was a true treat to be able to go in and explore.  An even greater thrill was to be able to hear Frank Neely, the architect who orchestrated the renovation, speak to the decisions, the detailings and the material choices that went into this magnificent project. 

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

As I turned the corner on my approach, I immediately knew that I was in for something special.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Can’t you just see the detailing starting to come out.  I love the slotted venting of the soffits with the horizontal brackets, the open stairway and the herringbone walkway that welcomes you as you step up to greet the home.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

You can not have a truly southern Home without a gracious front porch.  I learned that the Brazilian Redwood decking had been salvaged from the home’s original  interior and incorporated out here.  Looks pretty good for nearly 100-year-old material.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

This side porch is extremely cool ~ and comfortable. Flanked by magnificent custom iron doors on two sides and some meticulously trimmed screened panel sections on the others.  Not a single design element was left in question.  Even the screen material itself was specified to be made out of copper in order to soften the tone of the light as it rests gently on its guest.  Couldn’t you see the ladies of the neighborhood taking refuge in this retreat as they relax before a busy afternoon of activities begins to rev up.

Photograph by Beacham and Company

What an Entry!

Photograph by Beacham and Company

And the Kitchen. 

Photograph by Terry Kearns

Photograph by Terry Kearns

Now that’s pretty sweet.  An awesome hand painted “rug” under the breakfast table.

All to often, we are told that, in order to have the best opportunity to resell our houses, we need to eliminate anything personal, making it appeal to as many people as possible.  I think this is a case and point where if the element or detail is thoughtfully designed and well executed than it will have an endearing value that will attract more people than not.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Two trim elements that I love here are the thickened paneled openings like the one leading to the living room and the use of the bellowed profile trim on the underside of the boxed beams.  Seldom seen, but, such a nice touch.  It’s all about shadow lines with this home and Frank Neely pulled it off wonderfully through the use of the mill work pieces that he selected.

 

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Master Bath ~ Polished, Refined, Elegant, Sophisticated.  Yet Comfortable.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

And Functional.

Photograph by Beacham and company Realtors

Here the homeowner went with a sharp red for the doors, surrounded with a pale green for the casing and a rich brown on the baseboard.  Bold, Funky Cool.  Once again, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Master Bedroom ~ When we were in here, we noticed that the glass in the windows had a genuine vintage feel to them even though the sashes appeared to be brand new.  Turns out, they pulled the original “wavy” glass and had them re-installed into the new units creating a  very authentic look.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

The mill work detailing in the entire Home was extremely well conceived.  Notice the extra tall, multi-layered baseboards with the rather uncommon 6 Panel (horizontal) interior doors including vintage hardware. 

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

How’s that for an outdoor living space.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Absolutely superb. The upper room bumping out with a flared lower section to emulate a roof supported by heavy brackets and enclosing a french door / side light / transom ensemble.  Pure Beauty!

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

I’m calling the room over the garage for my office.  My oldest son wants it for his bedroom.  

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

The details are everywhere.  Did anyone notice the swoop roof treatment to eyebrows over the garage doors?  I suppose that some contractors would consider this to be more effort than it’s worth.  Not with me though.  It’s the way we finish the finer elements that creates the workings of a true masterpiece.  It’s what creates a remarkable composition.  And, I think that most of the people who I spoke with had the same opinion.  I heard over and over that the nature of this Home truly reflected what they longed for.  Not only was it magnificently crafted and faithfully maintained, but you could tell that it was cherished.  And when it came to put her up on the market, the market responded.  The Home went under contract within two weeks from being listed…Incredible! 

Thank you to Beacham and Company for hosting such a fun event, allowing us to tour an exquisite work of art and providing such an enjoyable evening.

All my Best!

Kyle

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Topping the Charts

McAlpine Tankersley Architecture

Truthfully, there is not a single word that I could possibly add to this, so, I thought I would just share. 

 

To see more, please visit this remarkable new blog site by

 

McAlpine Tankersley

 

Take Care,

Kyle

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“When we think about the views offered by a home, we are normally referring to exterior views, but carefully designed interior views can also add enormously to the quality and character of a home.”

Sarah Susanka

The quote above is from Sarah Susanka’s book Home by Design.  I’ve often fallen back on this book when designing a new space because it is just plain chock full of excellent strategies.  It is definitely a must have reference book to have on hand for anyone considering themselves a Home enthusiast.  We can think of an interior view as basically an architectural design approach that focuses the visual composition of the space.

 

Photo via Things That Inspire

 
 
If you are not aware of the Things that Inspire Blog Site then you certainly need to check it out.  It has become revered as one of the most popular Interior / Home Design blogs published in the Atlanta market.  In the photo above, notice how the artwork is framed perfectly by the arched opening.  More surprisingly, even though you are not aware of it, your eye is unconsciously being drawn through the room taking in each element, layer by layer.
 
 
 

Photo via Things That Inspire

 
 

Here, a window is utilized at the back of the Master Closet to pull you through the room.  Some will claim that a window is the most difficult feature to incorporate into an interior view because it also impacts the exterior elevation, but, that is what makes the practice of architecture such a grand endeavor.  It is truly one of the greatest puzzle building exercises known to mankind. 

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 

In this scenario, the doorway that is centered at the far end of the hallway, leads the entire composition marching up to its entry.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Peter Block Architects

 

This is one of my all time favorite images.  The good folks at Peter Block Architects are certainly leading the way.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 

 

Talk about being drawn through a room.  I am dying to see what awaits for us on the other side.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 
 
Even though this room is not symmetrical, it is still perfectly balanced and your eye begins to explore all of the different elements slowly making your way to the far windows.  All I can say is…Absolutely Well Done.
 
 
 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 
In this image, the hood is utilized as the central focal point and then your eye is allowed to wander out to either side as you study further.
 
 
 
 And now for one of our own
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
We started with this small galley kitchen.
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
 
Which was separated from the family room by this wall.
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
 
So we opened it up a bit, thus creating an incredible interior view.
 
 
 
Distinctive Remodeling Solutions
 
 
 
I suppose you can say that I am a very visually oriented person, but, it is simply how I relate to the world.  When things are orderly, aligned into a nice composition or basically just fit together well, I am at ease.  When they are out of whack or dis-jointed, I am typically uncomfortable.  Here we have a range alcove taking center stage as the focal point of the room regardless of the vantage point from which you are viewing it.  From there, your eye ventures out to the rich, “teaberry” colored cabinetry; onto the handsome, handcrafted islands and finally landing on the awesome custom 11′ wide bowed bay window.  Huge thank you to Drew Hall with Pella Windows and Doors for helping me with the details on this one.  Also, Kudos to Michael Bell and Michelle Taylor at Inspirations Kitchen and Bath who helped us pull the whole ensemble together.  And I couldn’t sign off without giving a proper acknowledgement to our project manager Kane Hawkins for not only executing the details of the project flawlessly, but also, for taking care of our client all the way through.  It is amazing how much you can do when you surround yourself with good people.
 
We do plan on spotlighting this project as a feature post on its own in the near future, so stay tuned.
 
To see more of what we are up to, please visit the Distinctive Remodeling Website.
 
 
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In today’s current real estate condition, one thing remains as true as ever. Location, Location, Location. With home prices hovering at all time lows, people are able to target sought after neighborhoods and communities and take up residence in areas that they have longed to be a part of. And, that is exactly what this homeowner did. With guts, vision and a strong ambition, they were able to transform this forgotten, dilapidated, 1905 relic into a charming abode.

 

Someone, Please call off the Wrecking Ball!

 

 

This one's in need of a little Curb Appeal!

 
 
 

Not to mention, a few structural reinforcements.

 
 

Built in the Historic District of Grant Park (Atlanta), this home had been put through a series a renovations. In the 1950’s, it was converted into a quad-plex and currently had three separate entrances. Our mission was to transform it back into a single family residence, shore up the structural integrity and restore its original architectural detailing. All of this while operating on a strict budget.

 

And here we are Today!

 

 

Curb Appeal Restored!

 
 
 

With the structure brought back into Balance.

 
 
Every inch of the Home was touched.
 
 
 

Personally, I Love the windows.

 
 
 

Here we have beautiful blend matching the current design with a historical reflection.

 
 
 

Did I mention that I am a sucker for wonderful windows!

 
 
 

And Interior Views!

 
 
 

What a comfortable room.

 
 
This Home is now perfectly charming in every detail from its authentic elliptical arches, to the fabulously restored heart pine floors, to the original, vintage fireplaces.  Everything has been restored.  It is a project like this that gets me up in the morning and keeps me pressing on.  Ones where a house come to life.  Where we are Creating Homes that People Can Delight In.
 
To see more about what we’re up to, please visit our Distinctive Remodeling Website.
 
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     One of the reasons that I absolutely love our trips to my sisters lake house is that there is so much to take in.  Like many of us who would consider ourselves in the camp of the Home Enthusiast, I  continually find myself drawn to the finer intricacies and details that make a Home so magical.  In this series of brief, blog posts, I wanted to share with you a few of the elements that make this Home so endearing. 

craftsmanship

     I suppose that I am a visual person from the start.  For me, when something is pleasing to the eye, than it makes sense.  When a Home is grounded in strong architectural disciplines ,or has amazing interior views, or is well-balanced  with a continuity between spaces, than it has succeeded by providing a certain level of comfort.  In my mind, one of the first things that speaks to the quality of the Home is the level of attention that is paid to the details.

 

Anybody Else Love Good Old-Fashioned Wood Joinery

 
Notice the round copper gutters, copper base, peg and tennon-post & beam construction, notched joinery, use of up-lighting, open rafter tails and the use of a tongue and groove cyprus roof decking.  Beautiful composition.
 

Looking Up!

 
Here’s another view of it all coming together.  This is masterful engineering and exceptional design at it’s best.
 

The Use of Structural Timber Trusses are Carried Throughout the Home

 

Every Corner Is Taken Care Of

 
You may have to look close here, but, notice that this last truss is actually set away from the upper wall creating the common “plant shelf” type of effect.  However, they used it to generate depth and shadow and then incorporated the upward facing spotlights for ambiance.
 

Love This!

 
This is an interior dormer in that same room.  The way it illuminates the space at night is truly spectacular and only heightens the lake experience.
 

Same Dormer, Only Outside

 
One of my biggest pet peeves is a poorly proportioned dormer.  Look around Atlanta…they are everywhere.  In my opinion, if you are going to call yourself a builder, do your homework and get this one right. 
 

Just Off To The Side Of That Beautiful Dormer

 
Yet another element that supports the fact that they were paying attention to every detail when assembling this Home.  The chimney cap says it all.
 

And Finally

 
How welcoming is that? 
This is what draws me back every time!
 
 
Keep Following:  Other posts in this series will look at Serenity, Solitude, Play and Re-Birth
 
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