"Our playground" is how Hapeville's Porsche Experience Center coach Chris Ivester describes the incredible 1.6 mile closed track experience at Porsche's North American headquarters in the shadow of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "We love our noisy neighbors because nobody complains" says Ivester of the low-flying planes coming in for a landing on Hartsfield's flight path which tend to drown out even the sound of turbo engines and peeling tires. One of only two such tracks in the United States (the other one is in Los Angeles and there are tracks in Germany, France and Great Britain), this thrill-ride for grown-ups allows drivers 21 and over to test out a variety of driving experiences and obstacles on a safe, enclosed track where a coach is always in the passenger seat to offer guidance and driving tips. The majority of Porsche Experience Center drives come to have an incredible day driving, but some new Porsche owners also visit for practical tips and training on how to enjoy their new baby. "This is a bucket list" items says Ivester, with birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions celebrated with the gift of an extreme driving experience. Each closed track is different in topography so Porsche lovers come from all over the country and world to try out Atlanta's unique circuit. The experience is custom, from the car selected to the course chosen. Some of the possible 6 driving modules include the Launch Pad, where G-forces kick in as you test a car's pick-up power by flooring the gas for the kind of drag-racing thrill not recommended on normal roads. The Kick Plate is where you can experience the skidding-out thrills of black ice where a combination of polished epoxy and water jets (oh, and sudden pop-up fences to make things even more challenging) gives the sensation of losing control so you can practice regaining it. The one-mile Handling Circuit mimics the feel of driving a twisting country road, only you are solo on this one, able to test our tight turns and experience the fun of owning the road. For car freaks and even novices, this is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Contemporary Bedroom in Warm Brown Tones
Rich shades of brown pair with creamy white and soft beige for a warm, inviting atmosphere in this contemporary bedroom. A custom headboard extends out to create built-in shelving on either side of the bed.
The homeowners wanted a home space that seamlessly combined country and city styles to create their perfect space, so designers took elements such as the gray and white tile floor and glass front cabinets from the country style and blended it with clean lines, strong hardware and stainless steel, all looks of the city, to create this elegant, comfortable space that perfectly meets the needs of their family.
A custom Roman shade blends with the wall's soft gray hue, giving the illusion of added space in this restful bedroom. In this room as throughout the home, contemporary touches mix with classic details. The renovated Victorian house has been fully updated to meet the needs of a modern-day family.
Complementary shades of teal and tangerine are eye-catching against the white walls of this modern farmhouse dining space. A contemporary light fixture adds distinction without blocking the views between the open and airy living, dining and kitchen spaces.
This living room opens to the kitchen, creating an open concept design. White and blue are seen throughout these two space, creating a light, fresh and airy look. The transitional design brings a timeless element into this home.
This all-white living room has a pop of blue seen in the gorgeous built-ins. Perfect for displaying treasures, while also concealing items underneath, this built-in unit serves as function and decoration.
This mudroom features a simple locker design that has space for everyone. Tile floors can take the abuse from kids, pets and wet shoes. White shiplap is adorable with the traditional coat hooks. The blue pendant light is a charming touch of color.
A built in desk and storage shelves are the perfect homework spot in this girls bedroom. White walls and shelves contrast with the blue painted ceiling adding visual interest and pink accents match the rest of the room design.
This pantry, with its bright turquoise wallpaper, is where all the small appliance action happens as well as a bonus refrigerator. A swinging door allows for morning breakfast and coffee to all happen and be shut behind a door.