Harrison Design architect Robert Tretsch modified the facade by removing archways and oval windows, painting the exterior off-white, and designing a pivoting glass front door. Inside, wood, glass, stone slabs, and metal complement an open floor plan throughout. The redesign actually started with a redesign of the kitchen, so its industrial materials became an inspiration for the rest of the house. “Every piece of the kitchen is bespoke and meticulously detailed,” says Tretsch. “There’s even a closet hidden behind a steel-covered door.”
The master bedroom also has its jaw-dropping moments. A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, architectural wallpaper, and a bespoke steel fireplace give it the kind of drama usually reserved for more public spaces. A custom oak slat architectural backdrop adds warmth as it rises and extends to the ceiling.
“They wanted a house that transitioned easily from indoors to outdoors,” says Ferguson. Outside, a stunning steel and wood pool house features a cantilevered roof with a waterfall cascading from its edge. Landscape architect Bill Caldwell incorporated specimen topiary trees, an Alaskan cedar, and a variety of grasses to complement the striking architecture, adding a touch of whimsy in places to keep the look unexpected.
The house channels European design — which has always blended modern and historic elements — but local craftsmen and the backdrop of maple trees maintain a lovely Atlanta vibe.
Resources | Interior design : Karen Ferguson, ASID Architect: Robert Tretsch, AIA | Both: Harrison Design, harrisondesign.comLandscape architect: Bill Caldwell, bcladesign.comMural of the stairwell: Recombination through Maharam’s showroom in Atlanta, maharam.com. The living room Sofa: Minotti, minottibyddc.com. Meridian: Ligne Roset, line-roset.com. Floor lamp: Blur, blur.it/en. Carpet: Tai Ping carpet, taipingcarpets.com. Kitchen Cabinetmaking: block and chisel, blockandchisel.com. Quartzite: Walker Zanger, walkerzanger.com. Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove, subzero-wolf.com. Steam, grill, electric oven: Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove. Combi-steam oven, microwave, warming drawer: Miele, honeyusa.com. Dining room Table: KGBL, kgblnyc.com. Chandelier: Danish artisan Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt, customized by Harrison Design. master bedroom Wallcovering: “Topographies”, Calico, calicowallpaper.com. Architectural oak/walnut background: Block & Chisel. Pendants: Fendi, fendi.com. Reads: Blur. Primary bath Custom cabinets and mirrors: Block & Chisel. Lighting: Terzani, terzani.com. Gym Wallpaper: scented paper, flavorpaper.com.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of HOUSE of Atlanta Magazine.