Contractor: Marc Nicholson, Nicholson Home Builders
A series of properties along the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, Georgia became the ideal site for a couple seeking a distinctly rustic but elegant home for entertaining a large extended family and relaxing along the river. The house unfolds along the bank, each room opening up to a view and soothing sounds of the water mere yards away. In order to fully appreciate the site, the house has been designed with multiple outdoor rooms, including a terraced yard, a serene hot tub escape, and screen-enclosed dining and living spaces. The grander outdoor areas connect back to the main body of the home through walls of gliding windows that virtually disappear, allowing the atmosphere of the river to spill into the office, kitchen, dining room, and great room.
6th Street Townhomes
The design ambition for 165 6th Street was to create a simple, luxurious, intimate yet open group of townhouses that respond to the scale of its neighboring Midtown buildings. In order to create an expansive and free-flowing feel throughout the units, the central stair for each unit was designed to be cable suspended with open treads. To even further amplify the airy and open feel of the stair, a skylight was incorporated above, turning the stair into a light well and flooding the core of each level of the home with natural light. Along with the feature stair the units boast large, high-end, low-profile windows that expand the interior and invite in the skyline. Careful consideration was given to ensure that each floor of the home has a unique outdoor space, the crowning glory of which is the rooftop terrace that covers nearly the entire footprint of the unit and offers multiple outdoor “rooms” with individual atmospheres and outstanding views of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta.
Gartrell Street Townhomes
Gartrell Street Twonhomes are located in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn District, just around the corner from Edgewood Avenue amenities. This townhomes project consists of 24 units offering contemporary architecture dwelling experience with incredible views of downtown Atlanta. Gartrell Street Twonhomes were designed in collaboration with Epic Development.
Lake Laceola Residence
Sweeping views of Lake Laceola from every room of the house are accompanied by a series of eccentric dormers that bring in ample direct sunlight as well as ambient light reflected off the walls of the deep shafts. The dormers highlight specific parts of the program-dining, yoga, bathing-and respond with the appropriate light. The houses dramatic roofline and heavy stone walls are complimented by an equally dramatic terraced landscape reaching down to the water’s edge designed by London-based landscape architect Martha Schwartz.
After the completion of a modern guest house in back yard, the homeowners decided to add on to the existing midcentury modern home. The goal of the expansion was to relate the house to the new and much-loved guest house, remain in cohesion with the original design, and avoid hiding the additions though imitation. The end result is a serious of grided steel and glass extrusions that speak directly to the aesthetic of the guest house while remaining in proportion to the home. Nestled under the same deep overhangs as the original volumes of the house, these new, airy spaces open up the interior rooms to the front yard, the backyard, and the sunken patio.
Restoration and rehabilitation of a circa 1963 modern house on a pitched site adjacent to the south fork of Peachtree Creek. New spaces include a lower level owners suite with outdoor shower a and pool, and enlarged family room, screen porch and updated kitchen.
The Pursell Family has been in the business of growing for more than 100 years. Their story begins in 1904 with the founding of the Sylacauga Fertilizer Company. By the end of the 20th century, the company, Pursell Technologies, had developed innovative technology that revolutionized the agronomy industry. The company had also moved to scenic Pursell Farms.
On the farm, David Pursell, the third generation of family leadership, had a visionary idea: to invite the product’s end users (golf superintendents) to see the product firsthand. To achieve this, the family built FarmLinks in 2002 as “the world’s only research and demonstration golf course.” Today, Pursell Farms has evolved into a premier regional family farm resort available for retreats, leisure getaways and weddings. Gamble and Gamble, along with Valor Hospitality and HGOR Land Planning, are working collectively on a series of new buildings and places that will transform Pursell Farms into a truly legendary guest experience.