It’s crazy how it can take half a lifetime sometimes for someone to get a clear understanding of who they are. I’ve often thought of myself to be of a rebellious nature. A reckless of sorts. In reality though, I actually love order. I love for things to be congruent. I think if you boil it down, for me, it’s an appreciation and a deep yearning to see people as who they really are. Who they were uniquely designed to be. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Design Matters’
Ha ~ This one totally cracked me up. You know how in my last post, I talked about the elusive masterpieces tucked away on gracious Atlantan Lots. Architectural gems that are hidden all around town. Beautifully sculpted dream homes with magnificent detailing designed by abundantly talented artisans. Well, I’ve been intrigued with this one from the road for some time now.
You’d think that this is a gentleman’s farm stuck right in the heart of Buckhead. Based off of the country feel and the regal barn, what do you suppose the main house will look?
Welcome to Grand Ol’ Atlanta. There’s no other place like it. 75 to 100 years ago, the outlining boundary of the city was acre after acre of rolling country side. Gentleman farms for the families of the business tycoons who pioneered this burgeoning new town. It was not uncommon at all for a family to build their estate on a 60+ acre piece while their children occupied the forty acres to the south and their best friends another forty to the west. Even though the parcels have been broken down over the years, they still remain magnificent!
What this translates into is an air of privacy, of sophistication, of style that is rarely seen in any residential community, anywhere. And, one that is almost impossible to replicate.
Chalk it up to massive lots, crowned with a spectacular coverage of trees, meticulously placed homes, architectural gemstones, and what you have left is just plain Magical.
Beauty unfolding with every turn. Treasures held exclusively for family and close friends.
And, for some of us, the joy of exploration.
All my Bests,
Sorry, it’s been so long, but things have really been crazy.
With that said, I want to re-introduce the site. Tweaking and re-vamping it a bit.
Less Words ~ More Photos. Keeping things short and sweet while cutting to the point. Heck, I’m busy, your busy, you don’t want to hear me blab on and on, we just want to look at cool homes, Right?
So what is Well Composed.
It has nothing to do with size or magnitude. Price or zip code. Nothing to do with complexity. It’s where the elements flow together seamlessly. Where a personal tapestry is created. From the outside ~ appearing comfortable and effortless. In fact, it is in this simplicity that ultimately Elegance is achieved. The common thread running through anything Well Composed is Design. Intentional, thoughtful Design.
I just finished up this home on Lake Lanier and it was a blast to build.
Our client spent 8 years looking for his perfect lot. Nearly 3 years designing the home. And, in the end, he is absolutely overjoyed.
After years of planning, shaping, configuring, integrating ~ all of his wildest dreams have come to fruition.
And his biggest goal, to have as near to Net Zero living as possible, was accomplished. Through the aid of Solar power, Solar hot water heating and one incredible automation system, we came pretty darn close.
Earning a HERS rating of “9”
A Blower Door test score of 1.7
And a Duct Blaster test score of 2.7 (All of which are personal bests for me).
I’d say we pulled it off.
Special Thx to:
and of course ~
For being the technical gurus to guide us through this daunting task.
For me though, my greatest satisfaction came from watching his excitement build and ultimately turn into joy as everything that he had hoped for came into being. He’s given the home the name “Ventanas al Cielo” which means ~ Windows to Heaven which basically says it all. Love That. You can read more about it Here on his personal site.
Next post, we’ll venture back down into Buckhead and uncover some beautiful hidden treasures.
Keep an eye out.
All my Bests,
Hey ~ we’ll get straight to the meat with this one. It’s Thanksgiving weekend and I’m having a wonderful time down in Macon, GA. Enjoying the season with the extended family and soaking in the beautiful weather. As with a lot of family get-togethers though, some of the conversations have settled in around current events. All the basic junk that you hear over and over. Kind of a steady drumbeat of a bleak outlook. (more…)
The other day I wrote a post about an amazing home that we had a chance to explore and about the conversations that subsequently developed surrounding the “Character” of the home. How it primarily goes back to the level of thought that is put forward into the formation of the project. As I think about it a little bit more though, there is another piece of the puzzle that is worthy of consideration. You see, after that evening, a friend of mine sent me a link of a North Carolina Architectural firm, who he has been following, showing off some of their spectacular work.
Posted in Authentic Design, Interior Views, Thoughts, Tributes, Well Composed, tagged Atlanta Architecture, Castro Design Studio, Design, Design Matters, Well Composed on October 28, 2012 | 9 Comments »
You know I love architecture. I live for it. I suppose that most people get that about me. (Hopefully, not to the point of bordering on excessive / just to be seen as a genuine passion). That’s certainly why I do what I do. Whether restoring an older home back to it’s original beauty or bringing a new one up out of the ground to stand on its own, I love witnessing the nature of the home as it is revealed. To me, exceptional architecture and design transcends the visual. It reaches deep down into one’s soul and attaches to the very essence of our being. It is something that we can connect to and relate to. It calms us and generates a true heartfelt joy. When done well, it is something that you feel at the very core of who you are.
That is why when I saw these photos of a project by Castro Design Studio float across Facebook, I knew that I would have to share them. This Home simply exudes perfection which translates into pure comfort. I hope you enjoy. (more…)