Designed for a couple and their three sons on a two acre wooded lot, this new home was to be near Stone Mountain.
The home was sited to preserve the existing hardwood forest, and was to be placed across a dry creek within a small clearing of the forest along a low hill. Visitors were to enter the home from a circular motor court walking on a covered footbridge over the dry stream in the ravine below, with views into the treetops of the forest.
The home is organized as a staggered split-level design, with three primary levels and two intermediate levels. The lowest level includes a playroom, craft room and the utility mechanical equipment. The first intermediate level has a guest bedroom suite. The middle level is the entry level, with the family room, kitchen, breakfast room, and a dining / living room. The family entrance is from the carport though a mudroom opposite from the visitor’s footbridge entrance.
The second intermediate level has equally sized three-bedrooms for the three sons, a large bathroom for the sons and the laundry room. The upper level, which opens to the family room below, contains a library and the master bedroom suite.
A screened porch and deck is off of the family room. The playroom opens to a covered patio and the wooded forest. Casement windows flank large picture windows, affording extensive views into the surrounding forest from every room. Paired masonry piers anchor each axis of the house, giving mass to the lightly articulated exterior fenestration.
Nelson Brackin Architect project.