“The people who choose to live in modern homes are people who want to simplify, appreciate understated elegance, and are seeking to gain balance.”
Jeffrey Baker is a Buckhead architect who believes in modern design as a lifestyle and recently completed a project on Hopkins Terrace in Lavista Park. “We find the majority of our clients own companies or are executives with extensive demands so when they finally get home they need low maintenance, ergonomic spaces that help them relax,” he says. This builder’s home has five bedrooms over nearly 7,000 sq. ft. on a half acre.
The home is tucked into the hillside, wrapping around a serene courtyard and pool terrace. The lower level boasts a theater room, in-law apartment and gallery space linking two unique monumental staircases. The entire home being open and modern is really warmed by the use of industrial and reclaimed materials, says Baker who also designed and custom made many of the furnishings. “The owners have a great love for the style and the design is truly a reflection of them.” In addition to custom pieces by Baker, other elements were collected from vintage finds with antique Oushak rugs, and select To the Trade lines, including McGuire, Baker and Stickley.
One of the unique furnishings is the beam in an iron saddle that creates a floating console in the dining room. This beam is structural, a salute to their town home in Manhattan.
The designer also used 4’ x 12’ sliding doors along the front of the home with frameless glass guardrails held in front of them, creating his version of a modern Juliet balcony.
Baker and his team believe great modern design should embody low maintenance and durable materials, ergonomic design decisions, environmentally healthy technologies, passive design, and spaces that promote creativity.