Residential Design

VOL1 2019

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

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and his family. Sometimes architects are their own best patrons—if they can convince their spouses to come along for the ride. For David I. Goldschmidt, AIA, and his family, it was a long journey in years to this point, but a short trip from their rental house in the same close-in neighborhood. "When my wife and I moved here from New York, we had to find some- thing quickly. So we rented a 1950s, three-bedroom ranch," he recalls. "We thought we would just stay a short time until we found something we liked, but it took us eight years to lo- cate the right property. I liked nothing. There were one or two houses to buy in the neighborhood, and they were OK, but we would have had to renovate. We put bids on two properties before this one. One ended up as a bidding war and I was too cheap to pay another $2,000 for it. It would have been less expensive in the long run—and an easier build. The other property had a huge, steep hill—even worse than this site." Although the lesser evil, this wooded urban lot was no walk in the park by any means. Says David's general contrac- tor, Wyatt Anderson of Post + Beam Builders, "It's basically a hole. It is the most difficult site I've ever had to deal with." Still, it had some virtues going for it. The location is close to two of Atlanta's biggest employers—the Centers for Disease Control and Emory University—and it's a mature This page: Fiber cement rainscreen cladding, foundation walls, and fenestration arrange in precise patterns to activate the home's otherwise serene exteriors. 32 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 CASE STUDY

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