Residential Design

VOL.4. 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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The house was stylistically and functionally obsolete, and it had suffered considerable neglect while sitting unoccupied for 10 years. What eventually hardened everyone's resolve was when the team discovered asbestos in the house—lots of it. "We thought it might be a good idea to use some of the materials from the original house," recalls project architect Carmen Stan, "but then we saw the asbestos." Once the decision was made to start anew, the firm of Robert M. Cain Archi- tect was free to reimagine a house that would make the best use of the stellar 1.4-acre site overlooking the Atlanta Country Club golf course. Originally, the client (a real estate attorney who works in the same office building in Atlanta as the firm does) had approached them to design a house just for him—a single bachelor—and his many visiting rela- tives. Life, however, rarely remains static. The project, which began in 2008, progressed by fits and starts for the next decade. It was put on hold for a time during the recession and then reignit- ed a couple of years ago when the real estate market looked solid again. Now the market is on fire, and even the best architects and builders are having a difficult time getting subs to wrap up all the punch list items. The client moved in last Thanksgiv- ing, cramming into the home's guest quarters with his wife and two young children and suffering through another six months of construction hiccups. The house was completed this summer in Opposite and this page: The L-shaped plan spares a silver maple planted by the owner's mother, and creates a sheltered patio from which to admire the tree. Visitors park in a motor court at the front of the house, while owners access the garage and family entrance at the side. The rear of the house takes in expansive views of the Atlanta Country Club golf course. 49 VOL. 4, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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