Hey Guys ~ I’m back. Man, has it been crazy over here. We’ve just moved into our new home and are loving every minute of getting adjusted. There are a lot of great stories here, but, I’m going to hold onto to those for now. You see, I’ve got another story that simply needs to be told. This evening, I was out for a run when I passed a forgotten development. The entrance has been chained up for years. It’s name has been taken down. I knew what was up in there, but, I didn’t want to see it again. Basically because things have been going really good lately and this was certainly a reminder of tougher days. Days that we don’t necessarily want to re-live. Then something told me that I needed to share “the other side of the story” so I ventured on up. (more…)
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Posted in Authentic Design, Thoughts, Well Composed, tagged Architecture, Atlanta, Bobby McAlpine, Bonner Custom Homes, Builders, Design Build, Design Matters, Well Composed on October 20, 2011| 11 Comments »
The other night, I had the privilege of attending an absolutely amazing event. Beacham and Company had a Reveal Party for the latest edition of their publication called “The Series” coupled with a celebration of their 5 year anniversary. If you’re not Following these guys, you have too. If you’re not a Fan yet of the company, go check them out. There is no way that you could walk away without becoming one. They are literally lighting Atlanta on fire and it is just plain fun to watch.
#1 Fastest Growing Office In Buckhead, Ansley Park, Brookhaven, Morningside/Virginia-Highland/Midtown, and Sandy Springs
#1 Fastest Growing Company in Metro Atlanta
Umh yeah…What more can I say. Simply put – they are Crushing It.
Anyway, the event was held at this Home located off of Tuxedo Road; tucked in between Powers Ferry Road, Northside Drive and Blackland. It is one of only four Homes in the Atlanta area designed by Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture. Bonner Custom Homes took care of the construction. Needless to say, they had a wonderful turn out as people flocked to the viewing. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of this. I was lucky enough to explore this gem with fellow design enthusiasts and bloggers Terry of Architecture Tourist and James of Limestone and Boxwoods.
This is the path leading up to the Home. In typical McAlpine fashion, the front door is hidden from main view. After stepping up onto the elevated wrap around patio, you turn to the left and find the entry. Such a nice touch in creating a warm and inviting approach.
Here is the Side View.
The Pool and Equipment House.
Looking back from the Pool.
And a Gracious Sitting Porch.
Check out this Sun Deck over the Side Porch.
Now, let’s take a look at the details. After all, it’s the details that truly set this Home apart.
I absolutely Love the chimney design. The chase is set to replicate cut limestone and the capital picks up on characteristics of the cornice line – only stronger.
Those shutters are just crazy cool. I also love the fixed door panels with the extra tall transoms, the built-up cornice constructed from hard coat stucco and even the soffit venting detail.
Beautifully Sculpted Balconies. For me, there is a connection that is made here between the gentle curve of the support structure and the statement that is made with the chimney. Not only providing the building character, but also, substantiating its integrity.
And here is my favorite part. Another signature item of Bobby McAlpine which is the oversized entry door. This element reminds me of a time forgotten when good friends used to visit regularly by way of the side door. When you employ a doorway like this, there is absolutely nothing hidden from the guest.
Here we have the entry foyer. Notice how they repeated the hand chiseled limestone surround treatment on the backside of the doorway. Very cool.
What a magnificent room. The floor to ceiling window / door units set the tone for the entire space. While the stained finish on the ceiling keeps the place from feeling too massive. Virtually everyone that I spoke with commented on how comfortable each and every room felt regardless of size. The key to pulling this off is ceiling heights, but, very few out there have mastered the discipline. Judging by this Home though, I think Bobby has got it down.
A view from every angle.
Now speaking of views, that’s Incredible. The columns and staircase stole the show and were certainly the conversation piece of the whole night. They are located at the center point of the Home where all of the destinations branch off in every direction.
McAlpine = Boldness
I was shocked, stunned and thrilled when I realized that these massive columns did not even connect to the ceiling as one would anticipate. That was completely unexpected, but, rather fascinating. That’s why I Love what they do.
The Kitchen is the perfect blend of old and new…
Vintage and modern.
Notice the sun deck on the opposite side of those gorgeous french doors. I’m not sure if I would find the morning or the evening on the deck more inviting here.
Yet another Beautiful fireplace. Great combination of carved wood and cut stone. As always, it all goes back to the composition.
What a spectacular event. Graciousness was expressed through every detail. From the hospitality, to the catering, to the entertainment – they even had the band Whiskey Gentry playing off to the side. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed touring this Home, and viewing the work of Beacham and Company, McAlpine Tankersley and Bonner Custom Homes, the event was truly set apart in a league of its own by the caliper of people in attendance. Thx to everyone for granting me this remarkable experience.
Awesome Night, Awesome Group of Folks, Wonderful Evening.
And then the storm came. As you recall, a tornado rolled through this region in the early spring wreaking havoc on everything in its path. Somehow, this one remained. I bet you luck played a huge part in this, but, something has got to be said to level in which the Home was designed and constructed in the first place.
It may be luck…but that’s what I call exceptional Building! So glad we still have Her.
If you have any idea as to the Architect and/or Builder, Please comment below. I’d Love to know.
As I set out on a run the other evening, several thoughts were weighing heavy on my mind. I began thinking about bills that needed to be dealt with, the economy, financial markets and the direction of this great country, when a stream came through my mind. I am not saying in the least that this was some sort of vision, it was just a string of thoughts that seemed to flow together. You see, I had the picture of a lady standing on an edge. An edge where there was a flurry of activity swirling all around her. She was standing witness to the most spectacular view that her mind could ever conceive. There, before her, a Home was being built. But this was no ordinary project.
This Home was being constructed in a manner and fashion that was completely foreign to her. Everything about herself was completely known by the participants. Not in the way like you would find when a profile is printed out and read to the group as a part of the pre-construction meeting. No, here a group of Hosts had presented a narrative of her life. All of her passions, interests, desires – pet peeves, irritants and distaste were well presented to the members. And thus, everyone knew exactly what they had to do.
The land was prepared creating an oasis of personal harmony in the setting. Landscape architects painted the surroundings with magnificent vistas, shaping and sculpting the terrain to soothe the soul. Gardeners were everywhere building streams, tending to the beds and manicuring the foliage; all contributing to the final sanctuary. Architects were following this lead in designing and detailing the structure so that it conformed precisely with the natural elements of the setting. Connections were being made throughout the Home. Builders were busy mapping out every detail that needed to be executed. There was not a concern in the world over budgets, you see, all of the materials that had been planned for with this home were lined up and on site. Everything had been specified. The only concern of the builder was to employ the best building techniques that had ever been crafted. Building Science Gurus were analyzing the systems so that the structure operated at peak performance. Craftsmen of every trade were working around the clock with the sole desire to pull out the true beauty from their pieces of Art. They were not thinking about quitting time, being back to the shop by 4;00 or what they had planned for on the weekend. Movers were bringing in the furnishings. Yet, instead of just rolling in the refrigerator, they were actually loading it down with all of her favorite things. Interior Designers and Artists were scurrying around, hanging artwork, setting out sentimental pieces and pulling together the personal ambiance for the owner. And in the background, a chef was busy creating his magic, filling the space with wonderful aromas. This was not a meal that was being prepared for the group per say, but rather, a dining experience that was created just for her. You see, everyone was working; giving their best, for the pleasure of the recipient. And the recipient had not even requested the work. There was a Master Choreographer overseeing the project, but, he was not barking out orders. He would merely offer up direction from time to time and provide subtle suggestions along the way. But most of the time, He would allow the strengths and talents of the participants to shine through as they strived to create this most precious gift for the Lady.
Just then, she spun around to find that all of her friends were watching. Her parents and grand parents were looking on as well. Everyone was so proud because she truly deserved all of it. The next thing she knew, she was waking up in this Beautiful Home. The place was spotless, everything in its place. The most pristine vista could be taken in from her bedroom window. The Home was perfectly comfortable. And, as she was finishing up her morning breakfast, she was ready to take on the day where she could go and share her talents and skills with a new recipient who she would have the privilege of contributing to.
I know some of you will be thinking this is over the top. Some sort of Utopian, Fantasy Land. And that we live in This world. One where Budgets are important, Revenue does matter and Margins definitely make a difference. And, I agree with all of that. I just couldn’t help but think…What if we took on a little different perspective. A shift in how we view the Project. A shift in how we view the Client. What could we be building right Here.
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