The Smokecreek project charmed me from the beginning. There was just this magnetism around it. The home looked like a chalet that belonged in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Its one and original owner built the house in 1980 with distinctive contemporary characteristics. The exterior consisted of cedar cladding with a massive 3-story slate stone chimney front and center. Inside, the fireplace anchored one end of the formal living space complete with cathedral ceilings and lots of windows. The house also possessed modern features popular today. The kitchen boasted Jenn-Air cooking appliances including a 6-eye cooktop set in an island and double oven. Two bedrooms included lofts and each of the 3 floors offered spaces for entertaining. The ultimate selling feature was probably the 21-foot catwalk that spanned the width of the vaulted living room, connecting the 2nd floor bedrooms on one side of the living room to a playroom on the other side. It was an eclectic home bursting with potential, begging to be resurrected.
Our first aim was to improve upon the contemporary characteristics of the house. Outside we repaired the siding with fresh cedar siding as needed. We installed a ledgestone veneer around the garage complimenting the stone on the chimney. More windows were added in the family room, dining room and playroom upstairs. Windows in the formal living room were reconfigured to open up the indoor space even more to the outdoors and the connection to the outdoors was complete by use of the same stair railing design inside and out. Finally we opened up the kitchen, dining room and family room to the vaulted living room in order to allow the formal living space to truly anchor the heart of the home.
A rustic chic style with natural materials of rich, earthy colors seemed to organically compliment the contemporary characteristics of the home. White pine timbers that had naturally weathered were used to rebuild the catwalk and its supporting frame. An open staircase featuring 2-inch thick oak treads with sharp, squared edges gave the living room its chic vibe. To complete the look we added a large mantle to the fireplace stained to match the weathered pine.
Concrete floors and an exposed ceiling on the terrace level gave us an industrial element to weave through the house. On the main floor we used industrial grade black pipe as stair railing on the inside and galvanized pipe on the outside. Industrial styled chandeliers and wall sconces inside and out accented the living spaces. We installed metal ladders to access the lofts in the bedrooms and used a metallic tile mosaic in the Jack and Jill bathroom. Modern touches were sprinkled throughout the home. We installed a sleek kitchenette on the terrace level in Leicht German cabinetry with a glossy black subway tile backsplash. In the bathrooms we incorporated glass tile, vertical mosaics, and contemporary tile grid patterns. The staircase in the rear of the home was rebuilt in an open, low-profile design incorporating black pipe in a vertical abstract railing design.
The master bathroom offers classic southern elegance with modern luxury. The custom bath features an open shower and floor to ceiling 18” x 18” Bianca Carrara marble tile, accented with contrasting charcoal Niagra quartzite and Glacier marble splitface stonework. The double sink vanity is wall mounted, crowned with Calacatta Vagli marble. Ultimate luxury is achieved with a contemporary shaped free standing tub alongside a wall inserted EcoPyro fireplace.
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