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This is the new house being constructed in the Candler Park neighborhood in Atlanta.  The primary idea was to maximize the functionality of both indoor and outdoor spaces with a modern aesthetic and sustainable features.  The architectural design features a drive under garage, walk up stair entry with large balcony, open first floor plan, screened porch with fireplace, back deck with seating, and is clad with stucco.  The second floor is clad with tongue and groove cedar and has three bedrooms and an upstairs playroom.  Up top is a full roof deck with large planter boxes, trellis, and hot tube for maximum use of lot size.  The design is a LEED Silver candidate and will incorporate open cell foam insulation, Energy Star appliances and light fixtures, low VOC paints and stains, high performance windows with low E glass, and geothermal HVAC.  Geothermal systems are up to 70 percent more efficient than traditional furnaces and up to 40 percent more efficient than typical air conditioners.  According to our HVAC contractor, GeoThermal Energy Solutions, a typical geothermal system has the effect of:
  • Taking 1.3 cars off the road.
  • Planting 385 trees.
  • Cutting electricity consumption by 8,000 kilowatt hours annually.
  • Eliminating the need for 21.5 barrels of imported oil annually.

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Facade of house.

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View of den and fireplace onto back screened porch.

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Double cantilever of second story over breakfast area.


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Natural daylighting from skylights in master bathroom.

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Metal siding was used at the staircase to emphasize verticality.


Jonathan Elmore, AIA, LEED AP
404-644-8080