Within two years, the New American Home had gone from an eclectic modern manor to a simple, yet elegant, interpretation of a Williamsburg Colonial … though hardly regressive in its approach to the young professionals it’s sought to attract. The architects eschewed what they called the “tacked-on details” of suburban housing in favor of authenticity, making a strong yet simple statement inside and out with rich, true materials. Playing with red brick to create mock window shutters, for instance, the symmetrical front façade was intriguing; it also partially shields a detached garage (with an apartment on top) set to the back property line, reducing its impact on the street. The side elevation offers a glimpse of the clapboard siding that dominates the rear elevation (namely a two-story curved tower), save a brick-finished sunroom under the master suite balcony, The floor plan, meanwhile, follows a front-formal pattern, but with the main stair turned to the side and the less-formal, open space along the back stepped down from the entry. The kitchen offers a clean combination of maple wood and stainless steel cabinets set off by restaurant-level appliances and dark solid surfaces; a plank food floor connects the entire lower level, including a pass-through Butler’s Pantry from the kitchen to the dining room.
Like the exterior, the finishes inside are sparse and contemporary, yet still comfortable. Forget baseboard and crown mouldings; the only trim is a subtle board concealing the track for a set of sliding interior glass doors; even the fireplace mantle is flush to the wall, surrounded by frameless cabinets to the ceiling.
Builder: The Plumber Company, Atlanta; Architect/Landscape Architect: Berke & McWhorter Architects, New York; Interior Designer: Michael Foster, New York.
Did you know?
An intercom system connects the main house to the garage, enabling practical use of the apartment above it as a living or work space.