This contemporary wood home designed by is right at home in this natural forested setting here in Atlanta, Georgia. This family home combines natural materials with a modern design, namely its unusual “staggered” dual-volume layout that results in high ceilings, lots of glassed-in rooms and outdoor living areas for relaxing and entertaining alfresco.
The architect took a cue from this lovely wooded location when choosing materials like natural wood, stone and glass which clad the home’s exterior. Solid white volumes break up the earthy facade. This unconventional two-volume home features a dual-plane roof separated by a clerestory window.
Wood makes its way indoors, appearing throughout the house in exposed Douglas fir rafters, cabinetry and flooring, combined with southern yellow pine decking, trim, doors and windows.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow ever-present views of nature while connecting interiors to the outdoor living spaces. And there are lots of nooks and decks and patios to take in nature’s splendor.
The home’s open concept interiors boast an enhanced sense of space, complemented by the high ceilings and glass walls that extend sightlines out over the horizon.
Even the bathroom makes the most of these spectacular surroundings, featuring huge windows surrounding a spa-style step-up soaker tub platform.
Doing its part to ensure this beautiful location stays clean and green, this house includes some simple eco-friendly features, like an underground rainwater collection system, and natural daylight through the expansive glass walls. Deep overhangs supply cool shade during the summer months and allow the sun to penetrate interiors during the winter, offering passive lighting and warmth. But there are also some more complex sustainable systems in place, such as geothermal heating and cooling, argon gas-insulated glazing, recycled content, high-efficiency appliances, pre-wiring for future rooftop photo-voltaic panels, and a garage to charge up your electric car.
Photo credit: Rion Rizzo of Creative Sources Photography