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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.

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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:

I-Homes Atlanta

Radiance Solar

and of course ~

Carl Seville

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,

Kyle

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Yep, that’s me.  I’d be the idiot that you would usually find hanging off the back of a jet ski with a camera in my hand.  In fact, if anyone could draw a caricature of that (Ahem … Kane Hawkins, who happens to be the best illustrator I’ve ever met) I’d love to have one as my new profile pic. 

Anyway, here’s a little randomness from the Lake.

Building ~

Who doesn’t get excited about new construction these days.

Rising Up After the Storm

Yeah, that’s a Harrison Sign!  They’re absolutely everywhere these days.

Really Cool

There was Activity Everywhere

I don’t think that a day went by when I didn’t see a crane or pump truck in full swing.  Love It! 

A Collection of Classic Lake Property ~

Majestic

Prestigious

Stately

I guess I was in a classic white, gracious, state of mind this week.

New Editions ~

Modern Twist

Really Cool Balcony

Spitzmiller and Norris

Local Guys Crushing It! 

Docks that embody the essence of Lake Burton ~ 

Vintage

Quaint

Comfortable

While I Love these quintessential boat houses, this more modern one has recently captured my heart.

Refined

Treasured ~

“Anchorage”

Anchorage Marina

 I think we spend far too much time up here; however, it is one of the best places on earth to waste the day away at.

 Aspirations ~

What a Setting

I would take this one any day of the week.  Pretty awesome how it sits real low on the water in such an unassuming manner.

That’ll Work!

On the other hand, even this one would work just fine.  Anything to get in on the Lake and then transform it into the sweetest cottage on the waters. 

Ruckus

Tearing It Up

Climbing High

Chaos!

Pure Freedom

Until next time…

All my Bests,

Kyle

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Ahh… the waters.  The restoring, regenerating, replenishing power of the waters.  Nothing that I have found can quite renew my spirit the way that Lake Burton can.  I’ve been wanting to write about the lake again for a while now, but, sometimes a post just needs to develop on it’s own.  This has been one of those posts.  You see, it has taken the unfolding of some personal events and a few national news stories for it to finally take shape and gel. 

As you may know, a couple of weeks ago, my entire extended family got together for our annual week up at Lake Burton.  One of my favorite outings of the year.  Since each family seems to be all over the place these days with – commitments, obligations and responsibilities…travel, play and immediate family – it’s hard to find significant time for everyone to come together as a group.  The Lake though.  The Lake has the amazing ability to pull us all up there. 

As long as I can remember, this place has been an absolute favorite of mine.  Going back to my childhood, I have such wonderous and vivid memories of coming up here (occasionally with a good buddy in tow) and stomping through its woods or paddling across her waters for days on end.  Everything was an exploration.  An imaginative expedition.  Now, even though I am older, the adventure still remains.

Let me back up a bit and explain what made this particular year an amazing standout experience.  This time I wanted to try something new.  Typically, we are wide open from sun up to sun down.  12 hours or so on the water, a Fat supper and then finish the evening with some good old fashioned hanging around the fire pit.  We retire to what my wife and I refer to as the cave.  A room with no windows.  A wickedly comfortable bed.  Heavy, heavy drapes over the french doors leading in.  And, Cold, Cold, Cold.  A perfect place to recharge.  A place where I can comfortably sleep in at.  This year though, I chose to make a point to wake up early and hit the water before the rest of the world came to.  And, I was going to take a few kids with me.  I’m so glad that I did.  While the first morning came early, it was really cool to hear my youngest son asking, from the foot of my bed, if we could go yet.  Instantly, I knew that this was going to be fun.  And so we set out.  Grabbed some gear.  Two dogs.  A quick bite and headed out into the dark.

We’re Off

The waters were at peace.  We sliced through them with perfect ease.  Totally invigorating.  Then we slowed to check things out a little closer.  Things neither of us had picked up on before.  I could see him light up, intrigued by the mystery as we poked along, taking in the surroundings. 

The Hut

The Waterwheel

 

A Very Cool Entry

 Such Cool Stuff, but, here’s where the real fun began.  As we began to look at things more closely, we started to talk about dreams.  And it got good.  Over the coarse of our stay, all of the kids would come along.  Sometimes two or three at a time.  Sometimes individually.  We would cruise the shorelines when all was still and study the homes.  By looking at houses (or boat docks, or details) you get a sense of who they are.  Of what they wanted to get out of life.  You could see what excited them.  I would point out a boat dock like this one and talk about the cool features to it.

Lake Living on the Porch

My little one would totally disagree and lead me to the other side of the channel to this one.

Calder’s Choice

“See, this one is much better.  It has more stone, 4 boat slips, a jet ski lift, a jumping platform and a Hot Tub”.  I didn’t even know that he had noticed this one before.

Here’s a house that he loves.  (Yeah, it has 5 stories).

Crazy

He’s kind of eclectic.  We found this one while trolling through an ubscure cove.

Here’s my daughter’s.

Absolutely Stunning

Man, that girl has some style!

My oldest son can’t quite find his on the lake yet.  Maybe that’s because it will more than likely be fashioned after the modest Tony Stark (Ironman) lair.  I’m certainly going to have to hone my skills if I ever want a shot at building that one.

 My wife and I have settled on this one.

What a Setting

Just About Perfect

Here’s the beauty of the story.  As you look into your child’s eyes.  As they scan the horizon.  And you catch that gleam.  That gleam of hope.  Of desire.  You know it.  That “It” is what I am looking for.  And, that “It”  is what I will fight for.  That is what will keep strong men and women, as well as this great nation, moving forward and rising up.  As we appraoch this 4th, if you feel that there is no hope in our nation.  Like this country is falling in a firey wreck.  Look into the eyes of a child.  There is so much hope in there and about these days to come.  When you really think about it, with the degree of advancement that we are experiencing in today’s world, the level of opportunity has never been as high.  We just need to ignore the background noise.  So, when those folks say that the coming generations will never have it as good as their predecessors, don’t buy into it.  The future is still so bright.  You can find it in the eyes of a child.  And, when you do find “It”, do everything in your power to make “It” happen.

What a Discovery

I found it there.  

I found it at the Lake in the early magical hours of the morning. 

All My Bests,

Kyle

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The craziest thing happened to me the other day.  I was a little early to a committee meeting that was being held in a local architectural firm’s office so I took my seat at the conference room table hoping to catch up on some e-mails when an amazing photograph caught my eye.  You see, this Home has been one of my family’s favorites for years.  It had stood out as a crowning jewel on the waters.  {My wife will tell you that it had been her favorite first and that I just merely stole it ~ but, don’t believe this, it’s completely untrue}. 

Lake Burton Masterpiece

Sorry ~ I took these photos back in 2010 (before I started blogging and before I understood the importance of conveying a story through photography) and I totally missed the boat house. 

Side View!

 Just the other weekend, we were talking about how we wished we knew who had designed such a beautiful Home.  And then, there it was.  Hanging on the wall of Harrison Design Associates.  Turns out, this was a project in which Greg Palmer and Bulent Baydar had worked on together back in the mid ’90s.  Bulent happened to be in the office at the time and so he came up to give me the skinny.  The home was also one of his favorites, but, he shared with me the challenges they faced especially with restoring the existing boat house to conform with current lake regulations.  And, I’m thrilled that they didn’t relinquish the fight one bit.  For most us who frequent the lake, we have come to love the way this beauty stands out proud on the point as you turn the corner to get to Anchorage.

After the Storms

Then the storm of 2011 plowed through.  A miserable tornado, reaping havoc and crushing everything in sight.  Coming up Wildcat and Moccasin Creek jumping over to the open channel, picking up speed, and then pounding the point of these banks head on before tearing all the way down to the marina.  You’ll notice that both of the homes to the left are completely gone as well as the one to the right.

There’s the Boat House

In some unbelievable manner, this home was miraculously saved.  Incredible!  Maybe it was due to superior design.  Maybe it was particularly well-built.  Maybe she was just lucky ~ lucky beyond belief. Or maybe, just possibly, it was spared on pure beauty alone. 

We may never know, I’m just absolutely thrilled she’s still around!

All my Bests,

Kyle

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Following up from our most recent family gathering at the lake, here is a glimpse of some of the more subtle retreats that are tucked away around the property and which provide the greatest rejuvenating power of everything there is to enjoy. You see, toward the end of the week, we actually had seventeen people trying to co-exist up there. Fortunately, with the way that the Home and the Grounds are Composed, you would never feel overcrowded.

Solitude

A Place for Reading with Coffee and the Sunrise

or..Watching the Kids

Having a Quiet Conversation

Taking a Stroll ~ Usually with a Dog

As I age, my appreciation for gardens and landscapes is certainly expanding when taken in consideration of the entire composition of the Home. There is so much here to enjoy and it definitely completes the place.

or...Taking a Break After Incurring a Beating from the Last Jet Ski Run

And, there are places where we can all come together. What is it about fire and water anyway?
Many a evenings were closed out right here. Ashes Smoldering, Little Ones asleep in a lounge chair, Stars Bright in the Sky and a Calmness Like No Other.
Serenity

Adventures Abound

Then there are times when you just need to slip away.

Paths to Follow

Places to Explore

And Beauty to Take In

And others, when you just may need a place to Chill.

What I Wouldn't Give To Know What She's Thinking...

As you can tell, I am passionate about Homes and what it means to have achieved a Well Composed Home. In no way do I feel that the home would need to be grand or of a certain price level to be held in such regard. What it does need is to have the careful attention granted to it where the owners personality is reflected and where there is a continuity of style, character, elegance and beauty maintained throughout the entirety of the Home. It takes introspection, planning and courage, but, in the end, a piece of Art is created.
If you would like to see more about what it means to have a Well Composed Home, please visit Atlanta’s own Blayne Beacham’s Blog (Recently Voted One Of The Top Five Real Estate Blogs In The Country) This Photographers Life. Her latest post captures the pure essence of what I’m trying to convey perfectly.
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