The Builders’s Show’s first foray into the Deep South demanded a modern take on the traditional manor house. Thanks to world-renown architect Charles Moore, that’s just what the 1989 New American Home delivered. Set on a hill overlooking a neighborhood of red-brick move-up homes, the 5,400-square-foot, grey stucco home showed a blank, curving, three-level end façade to those driving up to see it, then revealed it is a modern wing to a symmetrical, two-story, wraparound, white columned front elevation set far back from the street. The inside was even more dramatic, with a generous use of bright colors, multiple level and ceiling height changes, and exposed, painted beams in a peaked and radiused patterns. Deep blue cabinets topped with arctic white solid surface tops graced the two-cook kitchen, though only as base units; windows on either side of the narrow front gallery at the entry bath the house in daylight.
Innovations ran just as rampant in the house. The master suite, sequestered in the home’s walkout basement level, a full two floors separated from the secondary bedrooms, features a home gym. The angled and side-loaded garage (which itself provides a full bath) offers a guest/in-law suite above with a private stair to the kitchen. The blue base cabinets are set off by stainless steel appliances, a relative anomaly at the time, as were the electronic programmable thermostat, wireless security system, radiant-floor heating system with a self-leveling underlayment slurry, and dual-pane windows (including a prototype liquid-crystal unit that changed from clear to opaque at the flick of a light switch). Outside, the multi-level deck and patio areas are protected by a dry-stacked, concave-faced landscape block system, the first application of what is now a mainstream product.
Builder/Landscape Architect: John Wieland Homes, Atlanta; Architect: Charles Moore, Austin, Tex.; Interior Designer: Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco.
Did you know?
The long, 60-foot gallery extending to the right of the foyer wraps around a fireplace and terminates in a step-down opium den.