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: Alaska Residence
Location: 282 Alaska Avenue Atlanta, GA 30312
Architect: West Architecture Studio
General Contractor: Principle Builders Group
Landscape: Brendan Butler Landscape + Design
Square Footage: 3,700 sq ft.
– basement: finished room, garage
– kitchen, dining room, living room, office nook, bathroom, bedroom
– living room, 2 decks, master bedroom, master bath, bedroom, bathroom
Looking from another angle to see the far wall with the refrigerator and oven. From this view, the step up on the right side, are the stairs to the second floor. I have seen this in a few homes, and I am really starting to like the stairs tucked behind the kitchen concept. Check out the solid finished-in-place walnut floor. Now that we have our own pre-finished solid walnut flooring in our home, seeing a home like this (and a few others) makes me realize that finishing the floor in place really does make a difference. I prefer the smooth surface without bevels between boards and the matte finish – something that doesn’t seem to be available in a pre-finished product.
First floor bedroom. Like many of the storage spaces/closets/built-ins in this home, the units actually protrude on the exterior. They take little floor space away from the room itself. You’ll see more extreme versions of this later. It really reminds me of our master bedroom closet, which does the exact same thing – just a 1980’s version.
Looking back from the little hallway to the kitchen (left), dining space (right), and sunken living room (background). “Sunken living room” also sounds very ’70’s… is this house a modern ’70’s/’80’s update concept challenge? If so, they did a great job! Another detail: split ceiling treatment – drywall and wood.
A look down to the sunken living room. I like how the level change breaks up the space. Notice how the wood treatment on the ceiling wraps around and frames the room and is also continued seamlessly outside though the glass – joining the spaces.
Master bedroom with the bed against the wall that holds a walk around closet. When we were planning to build a house, this was a concept we were definitely going to incorporate. A similar idea, can be seen in Custer House, which was on the 2014 tour.
Really cool and thoughtful layout with very nice finishings. The basics of the upstairs guest bedroom/living space/master bedroom is very similar to what we had in mind if we could build a house – on a much larger scale though.