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Atlanta MCM; Looking for Modern Landscape Designer

Postby jaclynhoek » Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:54 pm

My husband and I recently bought a 1954 MCM in North Buckhead, Atlanta and are looking for a landscape designer with experience working with MCM architecture. Can anyone recommend a designer or point us to any resources?

Here are some pics of the interior of our house. We've only been in it for 2 months, so we haven't done much work yet. Unfortunately, it was a bit "overrenovated" by a previous owner. We'd love to hear any comments. I'm sure we'll be posting other questions soon!

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Postby Stephen » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:54 am

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Postby Trey003 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:45 pm

Where in North Buckhead is your home. I spent the last several months looking for MCM homes in Atlanta. There were certianly hard to come by.

I ended up buy a home in south Sandy Springs... I am moving from Chicago.

It seemed to me that even when I'd find a modern home it would be decorated traditionally. I think people get modern homes cheap in ATL because they aren't popular then they add flower wallpaper :-)

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Postby rockland » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:40 pm

beautiful home!
nice clean slate to work with. well taken care of. but yeah, a bit
over-renovated. love the roof line continuing over the deck area.
seems a previous owner didn't like the simple details of mcm.
as steven above pointed out. that could be a gradual process since
you seem to have everything working like sinks and bath. no major
things to repair while you decide what to do.
did a quick search of atlanta landscaping. lots of horrible choices but this
one caught my eye. they seem conscious of native plants. and the photo
spreads are also a bit overdone, but i quess they would include their pricier
clients. your home seems to want the modern simple landscape. but they might take
the challenge with a load of good photo reference you provide. i'm going
through the same thing in my area. i'm just collecting lots of imagery i like
and will do the work myself. financial mainly, but don't think i would find the
right landscaper. most landscaping in my area is over the top poodle trimmed evergreens.
http://www.therefinedgarden.com/portfolio.htm

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Postby jaclynhoek » Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:24 pm

Hi all-

Thanks so much for the comments and for the landscape reference. I was beginning to think the same thing...go with a company that understands native plants, simple grasses, etc., and then go about educating them about the kind of look I'm going for.

The notes on the house are great, too. You're all right...we're very lucky in that there's absolutely nothing we can't live with for a while. We are struggling with what to do with the beams. I'd love to strip them, of course, but it seems like such a big job when we've got plenty of other small things to start with that will make a big difference (like those awful supports under the breakfast bar!). Also, we're planning to paint the living room (and most of the rest of the house) all white, so I don't know how that would work with dark beams. Has anyone painted their beams but stuck with mostly white on the T&G and elsewhere? I'd love to see pics.

Trey, our house in on Valley Brook Dr. which is literally one block from Sandy Springs. Sounds like we'll be neighbors! And, my husband and I are both originally from Chicago...you'll have to look me up when you get into town (jaclyn.sf@gmail.com). You're so right about there being very few MCM houses left in Atlanta. Unfortunately, I think there were plenty at one time, but most have been razed to make room for more McMansions...ugh. Sandy Springs still has a few and there are a couple great ones around Northside and Dykes. You should take a drive around there.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:28 pm

I painted out beams a dark brown (they were formerly a medium green and originally a very dark green). The walls are a mellow yellow/gold and this combination works well.

Progress shot (one beam in kitchen was still green)
Image

Another neighborhood to look at in Atlanta is my own, Northcrest. Here's my site with the beginnings of a neighborhood catalog:



The upcoming DOCOMOMO GA home tour features 2 houses in Amberwood - a neighborhood off of Lavista Dr (a road you mentioned). I posted some info in another thread.

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Postby MiMo » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:33 am

It so great that you are interested in natives. I do not know good modern landscapers, but I would go the way you have mentioned. Fnd someone who understands local plants and climate and teach him modern.
www.GNPS.org is good source of information on native plants, they have a list of landscapers too. Theresa Shrum is local natve plant celebrity and her website is www.eco-tlc.com - lost of information on natives.

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Postby Stephen » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:11 am

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http://www.CliffMaySocal.com

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Cliff May Homeowner

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