An exquisite 8,500-square-foot estate serves as the 2023 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. The custom-built residence on Normandy Drive is one of the latest projects by builder and developer Benecki, architect William T. Baker& Associates, landscape architect Land Plus and interior specification designers Source.
The transitional home presents an airy, sun-drenched setting and showcases Baker’s mastery of classical architecture. An abundance of 12-foot ceilings, coved ceilings, and 10-foot doors and windows allow light to penetrate the residence. The architectural elements lean organic with rounder, soft curves and minimal ornamentation and millwork. A dramatic arched steel front door ushers in the homeowners and guests, where once inside, the floor plan generously offers views from the entry hall through the salon to the outdoor terrace and backyard. More inside and where to purchase tickets…
The residence’s overall design aesthetic is Streamline Moderne with Art Deco and Art Nouveau influences, while wabi-sabi design characteristics embrace the beauty of imperfection. Gold, burgundy and deep purple hues create a cohesive color palette. Venetian plaster, French oak hardwood floors, Calacatta Viola marble, brass fixtures and finishes, and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances are among the features that amplify the interiors.
Situated on an acre in Buckhead, the new residence backs up to endless mature trees that create the feel of a countryside in the city. Timeless exterior choices, such as hard-coat stucco, and charming architectural elements, such as a cedar shake roof that flares at the dormers, are sensitive to the scale of surrounding homes in the established neighborhood. The salon and kitchen, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling, open to a terrace with an outdoor kitchen that leads to the lower lawn and pool.
The five-bedroom home, which has five full and three half baths, is designed for flexible living throughout the years. Primary bedrooms are placed on the main and second floors, and two laundry rooms offer ease of living. The main-level bathroom’s stunning touches include a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a sweeping shower with an elaborate mosaic, and marble countertops and floors. Spaces such as expansive dual closets in the primary bedroom on the main level, a pantry and caterer’s kitchen speak to modern homeowners’ demand for ample storage in style.
The floor plan, with a main-level study and an oversize TV/sitting room on the second level, recognizes the needs of families who entertain and work at home. The basement is outfitted for entertaining, exercise and relaxation with a lounge, home theater, game room, wine cellar, and gym with a sauna and massage room.
The talents of top interior designers in the Southeast and brands presenting what’s new in high-end design offer much to see, appreciate and enjoy during the beloved annual spring showhouse event. —Lori Johnston
Salon by Michael Habachy
Designs By Source
Dining Room by Whitney Ray
Designs by Source
Bedroom by Andre Hilton
Lower Lounge by Jessica Kain Barton
Theater by Marie Cloud
Photos by David Christensen