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Georgia On My Mind

A good friend and college buddy contacted me recently about working with his family on the design of a new home. They had realized that although they had the capabilities to get the job done, time was just not in their favor. So, I am really happy to be involved with them in creating a new home on a great lot in Griffin, GA. I had not visited Griffin until recently and I just fell in love with the town immediately. I say town because it felt that way in the best sense of the word. Great tree-lined streets, great period style homes, really nice architecture. Beyond that, there is a sense of place there - a Genus Loci - that everyone is intuitively familiar with but cannot necessarily describe. It felt comfortable and just relaxed enough to not feel like a bigger "city." The design? Well, the architecture of Rosemary Beach was a passion of theirs, as well as the southern charm of Georgia architecture, and, in my mind, the challenge was to capture the essence of the spirit of Rosemary Beach, Dutch West Indies inspired architecture, which has great details, sweeping roofs, outdoor rooms and transparency, with the history of architecture established in the region - Georgian, Colonial, Federal. As it stands now, I think we are beginning to develop a worthy blend. See what you think. (Stay tuned for more to come as we push further into the finished product.)





The structure on the right side of the North elevation is a covered parking shed that is framed on the ends by a brick wall. On entering the site, a motor court area establishes the arrival and the parking pavilion links to the house via a workshop and covered walkway. There is a Thunder House structure that establishes a symmetrical balance, teaming with the Workshop building, about a centralized exterior Veranda (all ideas of the client) where this space will make for great family memories over the next several years. That's why we as architects do this - to have a chance to give people the opportunity to make memories. In the worst and the best of times, these memories are like Honeysuckle nectar on spring day.

House on Lake Martin


A very nice couple from Birmingham purchased a great lot on Lake Martin and have asked us to create a homeplace for them and their two young boys. This is not the first project I've designed or been involved with as a designer on this lake but it is the first for studiosmith Architecture LLC. As a part of the Dungan Nequette Architects team, I was involved in the design of a few of the newer homes in the Russell Lands development, Ridge Run. I also designed 3 speculative lake homes in The Ridge for Simpson Davis Construction back in 2007 - just before the market crash. They were never built. I'm very excited about this home because it is just around the corner from where I grew up on the lake and I will get to see it every time I leave the dock for bigger water! The Owner's were looking for something that is very intentional, simple and elegant with great craftsmanship of detail. The property is elongated and narrow overall and has many trees so it was very important to situate the house to capture the morning sun, minimize the brutal west blaze during summers and maximize the views and outdoor spaces in order to really enjoy the lake. We are in the schematic design phase right now so more later. I'm including a few of the exterior design images.  Thanks for stopping by!W2 S2 E2