Kohlsdorf Justice Residence

Landscape Design Atlanta, GA

Project description

This 8,000 square foot house takes advantage of beautiful views of a lake that sits below the house. Dencity worked closely with the landscape architect from the initial design phase to ensure a strong inside-outside continuity. Sensitivity to the tactile nature of the house informed decisions regarding materiality. ... See more

This 8,000 square foot house takes advantage of beautiful views of a lake that sits below the house. Dencity worked closely with the landscape architect from the initial design phase to ensure a strong inside-outside continuity. Sensitivity to the tactile nature of the house informed decisions regarding materiality. Environmentally sustainable features include large overhangs to shade the large expanses of glass, green roofs, and rain water collection.

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Project Q&A with the homeowner and pro

What did you or the homeowner splurge on?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell They have an awesome fireplace that's got glass on both sides and high-end appliances. The fridges have exterior as well as interior stainless steel. They used a semi-precious material for the bar tops.

How big is the space?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell 10,000 sq. ft.

Any advice for homeowners who are thinking about doing a home project?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell You have to have an owner who is involved in the project. The drawings are just the beginning. You need to be there and hold everyone's hand through it. There are so many questions that come up along the way. Everyone needs to be committed.

What was your biggest challenge and/or biggest takeaway working on this project?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell There's a lot of different materials in this project, and making everything work together is a challenge. When you have a big house, you don't want it to feel disconnected. Making everything flow in a good way was challenging. Coordinating all the materials and cabinetry was difficult. There was a very complicated countertop in the kitchen that was backlit. Coordinating the lighting and low-voltage stuff for that was a challenge.

How long did this project take?

What are some of the key materials you used?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell We used very intricate materials, such as Egyptian Limestone, quartz, steel, local Cyprus, and Italian marble on the inside.

What renovations did you do?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell It was a teardown. There were a lot of funky things that we had to get rid of.

What was the homeowner???s main goal or motivation for doing this project?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell They wanted a fun place. They're both business owners, and so on the weekend they want a place to entertain and relax. There's a shooting range in the house, which was very complicated to put together. There's a bocce ball court, an aviary, an awesome kitchen, a waterfall, and bridge access to the house. There's a huge suspended patio because it's built on a hill. There is literally 2000 square feet of just porches.

What???s your favorite part of the new space?

Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell Inside the dining room, we covered all four walls with black stone. It's very elegant but very simple.