The Modern Atlanta Home Tour is a two day self-guided tour of homes in Atlanta. The architecture tour is mostly private residences, but occasionally a few commercial buildings are featured. It is usually held on a weekend in mid June – MA was founded in 2007. The tour is the finale of “Design is Human Week” – a week of speakers and events focusing on design, sustainability, and innovation.
Project Name: Florian-Hart House
Location: 225 Corley Street NE, Atlanta, Ga 30312
Architect: bldgs – Brian Bell & David Yocum
Year Completed: 2008
Approx. 3,200 sq. ft.
– Kitchen, living, dining, screened porch, deck
– Bedrooms, decks
The stairs drop only a few steps before they turn down to a longer stair case to the basement. The floor to ceiling window allows a ton of light to flow down into the space. I enjoy how they used wood as the ceiling material in this landing space – it all flows nicely together, since you can see the underside of the walnut stair treads.
Stair detail. Notice the riser slants backward to create a “bullnose” function to the steps (without actually needing one). Finishing the smooth drywall edge along the wood risers/treads isn’t easy. We were paying particular attention to modern stair and rail finishings that were on the tour this year because we were in the process of making decisions for our own stairs.
Starting back at the entry door/foyer area again – the living room. (The dining room and screened porch are toward the back of the image… which is actually the front of the house. The kitchen is out of view to the right of the blue wall.)
Up the stairs to the next level which includes this hall/library that leads to an office. Again, the floor to ceiling windows are just great – I like how the staggering of the architecture shrinks the width of the hall while the windows keep the space open without a constrained feeling.
The top level has all three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry, and two decks.
Bedroom #1 is hardly a rectangular box: little wall protrusions and a change in the ceiling height is a reminder that we are still in a modern house. The built-in desk really looks cozy and purposeful.
The hall on the top floor has a built-in seat, it looks past an open space to the master’s deck. It seems they were able to avoid typical partitions in this house – on the second floor, it was a bookshelf… here, it’s a built-in bench. A skylight provides light from the top level, through the office, & all the way down to the living room.
It was a treat to have a second chance see this home – we missed it when it was originally on the tour. A few years ago, Spencer and I had attended a lecture from the architect where he highlighted this home – so, it was nice to tour it in person. If I recall correctly, they said that this home was being built during the recession and that the owners went through multiple contractors during the process. I believe they also mentioned a finishing technique for the exterior that will change as the home weathers and ages. I apologize for not quite remembering – it’s been a little while. Here’s a link to bldg’s website – if you’d like to see the floor plan of this beautiful modern house!