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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a photo finish to get it ready for Atlan- ta's incredibly popular tour of modern homes. It was a nail-biter. Over the years since the house was first conceived, the client had succeeded in building a family, and the bachelor pad had evolved into a forever family home. Trees of Lebanon During the design phase, principal-in- charge Bob Cain and Carmen worked diligently to learn what the client loved most about the original house and what he wanted brought forward into the new building. As it turns out, his strongest memory points were outside the house— in a series of trees his Lebanese mother had planted on the property. The team took pains to keep as many of those trees as it could, and ones that had to be removed were preserved as cuttings to re-establish in more felici- tous locations. One tree in particular, a showpiece silver maple at the front of the property, became the pivot of the entire design, dictating the footprint and, in part, the floorplan as well. The house surrounds the tree in an L-shaped embrace. At the crook of the L, the ar- chitects designed a small covered patio. Here, their client can escape the wailing of small children and sip his coffee in the privacy and shade of its leafy, mus- cular branches. The shorter run of the L contains a three-car garage and storage area. It spans the motor court and entrance serving the family on the kitchen side of the house and the guest motor court at the front of the house. Above the garage are the guest quarters, designed for long-term stays, with a kitchenette, washer/dryer, sitting area and a private deck. A separate stair allows them to come and go without entering the main house, although there is also a door from the deck that connects to the children's wing. This page: The firm designed select furniture and cabinetry for the main entertaining spaces, which accommodate small gatherings for immediate family and large get-togethers for far-flung relatives. Rooms are divided by centered elements, such as a custom wall unit that separates formal dining from kitchen and the double-sided fireplace that partitions dining and living areas. 51 VOL. 4, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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