Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

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

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internet system. It's considered a gateway to the deep south, located just a two-hour highway drive to Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn. And it has its own bustling economy with various corporate headquarters, regional offices of major companies, some manu- facturing and food production ("curiously strong" Altoid mints are made there), and a major campus of the University of Tennessee system, which provides a flow of educated workers. With these pluses, and the relative affordability of its housing and strong healthcare system, the city is poised for current and future growth. Opportunity Shop Opening a checkbook here may not be such a bad gamble, after all. HK designed and developed 21 units of housing in the Southside and the principals have lived there for more than a decade. And they're always on the lookout for new opportunities. As luck would have it, one presented itself just across the street from their townhouse. The owner of the Lay Low Lounge and Southside Beauty Shop, longtime gathering places for the area's older African-American community, was ready to sell when Craig Kronenberg, AIA, stopped by one day. The couple had been searching for a building that would allow Heidi's parents to age in place comfortably and keep them nearby when they needed support and attention. The one-story building with on-grade entry seemed tailor made— given a little creative vision. However, we're talking about HK, and they have more than a little vision at their command. Opposite: Updating the original CMU commercial building was relatively easy. Salvaged lumber and beams added immeasurably to its warmth and curb appeal. Top: The custom concrete island and drainboard was an upscale splurge in the great room. Above: The hardworking floor plan tucks in lots of extra storage. VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 41

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