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Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Dara at March 21. 2007

My husband and I are building a new modern house in midtown Atlanta and have started a blog to catalog our experiences:  http://kdfuturama.wordpress.com/

We went through permitting hell with the City of Atlanta but seven months after we demolished our previous house on the lot, we finally received a building permit and will start grading the lot next week.

We're very interested in suggestions for the exterior and windows. Our blog has images of what the house will look like when built. We're interested in ideas for exterior finishes and at this point are open to almost anything. If anyone has suggestions, please let us know! Thanks!

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by kim at April 05. 2007

Very Cool house,  We built 2 hours north of Atlanta, A Modern home in the mountains.  We used vertical metal siding and concret siding.  Beware though it took us forever to get a permentant mortgage due to the siding.  Mortgage companies and banks hate out of the norm and our house is just that.

Good luck!

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Faraji Whalen at April 17. 2007

Good Luck. I've been throwing around the idea of building an eco-friendly community in Atlanta with some partners of mine. I haven't dealt with the permitting and zoning boards down thee but I'll be watching your project to get a feel for what the market ad some of the pitfalls may be.



Faraji Whalen

5Wide

www.fivewide.com

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Don Peterkofsky at April 22. 2007

Hello Dara & Kyle,

I found your blog through livemodern, and was interested to see your project because we are considering trying to do something similar, in the Washington,DC-metro area.

Because of the lot scarcity in our area, the most likely scenario is to find the most affordable house we can on a decent lot, and then demolish the old house and build the new one (most likely to be a prefab modular, or kit).  I would be very interested to hear any kind of details you could provide about the whole process of demolition, grading, foundation work, etc.  I'm wondering how the process compares to building on an empty lot.  For example:

What is a typical demolition cost, for a small house on a small lot?

Did you guys look into any "green" demolition approaches, such as salvaging materials from the demo?

Is there anything about having a pre-existing structure with a basement foundation, that can be leveraged in building the new house?  For example, if the original structure had a basement, does that reduce the need for excavation of the new foundation?

As you can see, I'm a bit new to the details of the process, so any and all insights and information are much appreciated.

Regards,
Don

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Dara at April 25. 2007

Demolishing our existing house turned out to be an easy decision for us since the location is central and the lot was pretty big. It cost us about $10K to demolish the house and have all the debris removed, which took about three days to clear it all away. Then they had to excavate the lot a good bit because it sloped, but that probably would have had to be done anywhere.

We salvaged all of the exterior windows and doors, the kitchen cabinets, and the kitchen appliances. We’ll use the cabinets and appliances in the apt we’re building above the garage and sold the doors and windows since they were only a few years old. That worked out ok.

I’m not sure about the issues related to foundation or basement work, but I’m guessing if they aren’t up to current construction code (ie built many years ago), then your building plans may not be approved by the local city. But that’s just a guess. Here in Atlanta, as long as you leave one exterior wall up, then the house is considered a “renovation” and you can bypass those restrictions. We thought about that approach, but we would have been too restricted with the type of house we could build. We decided that even though it cost more, it may more sense to really build the house we wanted in the long run.

Hope this helps!

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Concourse E at February 12. 2009

 Cool blog. We just finished two modern / green residential projects in downtown Atlanta. The properties (a single family home @ 81 Weatherby St. and a set of two townhomes @ 85 and 89 Weatherby St.) feature stunning architectural details inside and out,  modern drought-tolerant professional landscape design, living green roof, solar power, solar hot water, and many more unique components that make these homes one-of-a-kind.  All properties are currently available and ready to move in.

Check our website at http://www.concoursee.com
And our blog at http://www.concoursee.blogspot.com

 

 
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Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Martin Preisler at April 25. 2011

Hi Dara,

Awesome post, and I love your blog. Great project, and there are nothing more fascinating than seeing your <a href="http://www.preisler.co.uk/">refurbishment</a> dreams come through. It doesn't really matter whether the project is residential or commercial. As a pro London Builder, we complete around 30 projects a year. It is always amazing to see the customer happy, and as far as I can tell you seem to be on the right track. Well done.

Preisler Construction Ltd.

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Matt Kent at July 07. 2011

This is a blog that is inspirational and simply enjoyable. Again, many home builders and or people chosing to renovate can gain invaluable information from your experience.

Matt

http://arlington.floorcoveringsinternational.com

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Michael Kitchens at July 11. 2011

Hi Dara, your house looks great, with a designer living room and such a modern kitchen! I wish that I had the motivation to put so much effort into decorating my own house and make it look so great.  Congratulations on your new home, I believe it will be great to live in!

Michael

http://www.kdcuk.co.uk

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by John Christmas at July 11. 2011

The house looks exceptional! Really has a lot of potential to be a cosy, warming and modern house. You’ve got a really nice interior and exterior as well. There is enough space for you to have a beautiful front yard with fairy lights that can shine a path to the door.

John

http://www.ldj-lights.co.uk/

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Roy Gatling at July 19. 2011

Dara--Love it!  This is a great story and the type that we're looking for at http://www.makeitmod.com

Any interest in posting it there?

All the best,

Roy

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by UltimateAir at July 27. 2011

Will this have any passive house characteristics? Net zero?

Re: Blog for new modern house in midtown Atlanta

Posted by Steve at April 23. 2012

Came here to tell you how envious I am of your new house. It looks stunning! Knowing that the place might get cold at night, did you install any radiators in the house, or what kinds of heating system did you employ? Hoping to see a new project from you guys.

Steve - http://www.radiatorshowroom.co.uk

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