John Wieland Homes, which built the 1989 New American Home, returned to the program with a welcoming, Plantation-style, clapboard-sided house on a generous suburban Atlanta lot in 2002. Designed to give the impression that the symmetrical main house had been added to over time, the home inlcuded a detached, three-car garage, a master suite wing and a guest suite with its own entry. The house also followed the lead of its immediate predecessor by adhering to the regional Earthcraft standards for energy and resource efficiency, and also qualified as a barrier-free environment per the EasyLiving program.
Within its 6,431-square-foot, three-level plan, including a full-height and finished walk-out basement, the house provides everything a mature, move-up family could want. With the main staircase turned to the side, the large, circular foyer serves as a hub to every room on the main level, including a clear sightline from the entry through the family room to the balcony overlooking the pool court. Another spoke leads through a gallery buffering the master suite wing, while another provides a straight shot into the kitchen, casual dining, and “keeping” room. In the basement, a wide-open rec room with a wet bar spins off to an exercise/massage space, a craft/storage room, two walk-in mechanical rooms, and a veranda for the pool court. Upstairs, two secondary bedroom suites share a loft space, labeled a “children’s retreat.”
Other cool touches include a home recycling center, a wall-mounted direct-vent fireplace, an in-home dry-cleaning center, sound abatement strategies, the use of fiber-cement plank siding, and a “safe room” concealed behind a bookcase in the home office. The asking price was $1.25 million.
Builder/Designer: John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods, Atlanta; Architect/Landscape Architect: Melanie Taylor Architecture & Gardens, Atlanta; Interior Designer: J.P. Ltd., Atlanta.
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The garage showcased a wall-mounted charger for an electric car, supplied by the local utility, that purported to provide 120 hours of drive time per charge.