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Southern Living magazine has created Abercorn Place, their Georgia Idea House with several “firsts.” In addition to being the first townhouse featured in the publication’s Idea House program, this is also Southern Living’s first house design that residential architects at Historical Concepts call small town urban living. What does that mean?
If you have not been to Senoia, Georgia, it’s worth discovering the southern small town life. Located about an hour south of Atlanta, Senoia’s historic district is now lined with charming shops and restaurants, and its quiet neighborhoods are full of some of the finest examples of turn of the century southern architecture. The Idea House is a new townhouse located within a new development called The Gin Property, which has been planned and designed to faithfully extend Senoia’s historic district. Just a short stroll to Main Street and everything that Senoia has to offer, Abercorn Place offers a walkable, urban lifestyle within a small town setting, hence “small town urban”!
In this setting, Southern Living magazine has chosen to design and build a new home construction consisting of several luxury townhome units. Inspired by an old New York brownstone with a very Southern feel, this handsome brownstone represents 1800’s Federal architecture, complete with a stucco-over-masonry exterior made to resemble centuries-old limestone blocks, and a raised, classically detailed entry way of cast stone. There’s even a rooftop balcony that affords wonderful views. Because it’s built on a corner lot, it features a tranquil courtyard complete with a potting shed and cabana building. What’s more, this end unit has three walls of stunning windows and doors.
The Integrity from Marvin windows and doors featured in this exciting townhouse bathe the rooms in natural light and provide ventilation when the Georgia temperatures subside. The home’s traditional design dictated double hung windows with divided lites and French doors that provide access to the courtyard and porches, letting indoor and outdoor living meld together. A number of the doors are topped with transom windows, which further brighten the rooms and frame each entrance elegantly. The traditional divided lite patterns create light patterns that change throughout the day, enhancing the home’s cozy atmosphere.
Though these special fiberglass windows have a traditional wood window look, they are made with cutting edge technology. Integrity windows and doors are made with Ultrex fiberglass, a window material so strong, so long lasting, it’s considered to perform better than any other vinyl or composite window material. Integrity window interiors feature the warmth of wood and are styled with frames that give the appearance of traditional wood windows.
Thanks to the Ultrex fiberglass window material, Integrity windows offer low maintenance, superior durability and snug energy efficiency. They keep the heat out in summer and let in the sun’s warmth on chilly winter days. The Idea House windows were supplied by Architectural Visions Inc (AVI) located in Buckhead. AVI is a Marvin Design Gallery that partners residential architects, homebuilders and homeowners to ensure their dream home gets exactly the windows the homeowner desires. They can be found at avimarvin.com.
If you’d like to learn more or find directions to the Idea House visit their website.
Open for public touring June 12, 2010 - December 12, 2010
Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Admission: $10 at the door
Beneficiary: The American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball 2010