To capitalize on the incredible mountain view these homeowners have in their backyard, designers created a simple, elegant design for the family's outdoor space. Designers wanted the backyard to feel as if it were an uninterrupted part of the mountains that surround it, so the pool's shape is a straight rectangle that draws the eye to the mountains. Stone tiles are laid at the front of the outdoor space for safety, but grass picks up about a quarter of the way down the length of the pool, making the area blend into the mountains beyond. So that the family can enjoy their space, designers created a lounge area and a dining area, making this space the perfect place for relaxation and play in these beautiful Georgia hills.
Hallways have a tendency to be dark, claustrophobic places, but this hallway is an elegant exception. Light and bright, this hallway makes the most of the windows that allow light to spill in from outside with a neutral wall color that reflects light, keeping the space open, while the hardwood floor adds warmth to the space and carpet adds depth and texture.
This beautiful, modern master bedroom is a great place to relax after a long day. Three windows across the space let in plenty of natural light, but they are equipped with room darkening shades to block out any extra light at night. In one corner of the room, designers added a sitting area-perfect for taking in a morning cup of coffee or snugging up with a good book on a cold day. On the other side of the room, a desk rests between two large windows, keeping the desk well lit and providing beautiful views that make the position of this piece a perfect space for writing.
This Georgia farmhouse has an elegant exterior and beautiful mountain surroundings, so to replicate this natural beauty on the interior of the home, Ascher Davis Architects created a design that capitalized on the home's setting. Designers chose a modern look that was less fussy and formal than the initial design. It included simple, elegant trim work and a neutral color palette that would bring the lush green colors of the outside indoors. This way, the entire home would function as a piece of the mountains.
Designers positioned this elegant, modern dining room to catch beautiful views of the Georgia hills. Directly in the center of these large French doors, the simplicity of the modern wood dining table and chairs reflects the beauty of the hillside around it, while the fresh flowers on the table give the space a pop of color that helps to blend nature and design.
On the back porch, the family has a great space for entertaining and spending time with each other. An extra large sectional sofa sits in front of a beautiful stone fireplace that provides plenty of heat on cool fall nights in Georgia. There is also a dining area on the back porch so that the homeowners can enjoy their beautiful mountain views while eating a good meal.
On the grounds of Christ Church, one can enter Wesley Gardens. The two-acre garden is adorned with 4,000 azaleas and 60 varieties of shrubs, of particular interest to visitors with green thumbs. But the garden’s centerpiece remains the 18-foot Celtic cross made of Georgia stone to honor the early ministries of John and Charles Wesley. The brothers came to Georgia in 1736. While Charles was revered as a poet and writer who penned well-known hymns like "Hark the Herald," and served as Oglethorpe’s secretary of Indian Affairs, John would be remembered as the founder of American Methodism.
The exterior of this home is reminiscent of a Georgia farmhouse, so as a nod to this design and to help the family's sustainability, designers created raised bed gardens around the pool. Now, the family can enjoy the Southern air while growing their own herbs and vegetables for their kitchen.
The HGTV Dream Home 2004 in St. Marys, Ga., is a fusion of coastal style and farmhouse architecture. The home is on stilts to keep it above flood level. A second-story balcony and upper watchtower have views of the beach.
There’s been an ongoing battle between Alabama, Georgia and Florida over water rights. Tennessee even recently jumped into the fray. These Georgia homeowners opted for a synthetic lawn bordered by drought tolerant plants, cutting their water usage in half.