Looking for a Contemporary Home in Atlanta? You are probably finding that there is not much to choose from. That makes knowing this niche market all the more crucial!
The home at 1180 East Beechwood Dr is one of Atlanta’s most unique homes. Rebuilt in 2012 by Obie Award winning Epic Construction, this home takes full advantage of its topography, wooded setting and views by utilizing huge windows and main lounge rooms on all three floors. The upper lounge (shown in the photo below) is open air, has both a fireplace and a wetbar and overlooks the wooded streetscape.
Ample windows, sunlight and dramatic spaces usually make for excitement around every corner. In this photo, you get a feel for features that make contemporary styling so appealing.
Alternatives that still scratch that Contemporary itch
One alternative emerging in the Atlanta marketplace is taking traditional homes and renovating the interior to create a “transitional” feel. Transitional architecture usually incorporates industrial and sleek design elements into a traditional floor plan so that the function of the living spaces is familiar and yet the finish is edgy and fun.
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Here are some things to consider that are resulting in FAST sales in today’s real estate market.
This home sold in 3 days – over list price – with multiple offers. Success was in the details. You will find that this topic ripples further than just paint… In Atlanta’s market the trend seems to be leaning towards the Craftsman or Manor style detailing found in newer construction. In fact, these details can propel a 1950’s brick ranch way into the future (or at least the present). Bottom line: Stick with earth tones and grays.
Companies like Restoration Hardware have fueled the trend towards oiled bronze or black door hardware – both inside and out. In fact, Restoration Hardware is headed back to Buckhead to take over the space which formerly housed the ESPNZone. This trend extends to light fixtures, hinges, deadbolts, strike plates, closets – basically everywhere. When Buyers look at homes, ANY inconsistencies in hardware really stick out a “cheap” or “lazy”. I know that is harsh, but the old adage about the “last 5%” applies to renovations as well because it will matter on resale. Splurging on the high impact items like carriage doors, real gas lanterns, and warm outdoor evening lighting always pays off.
Oh, that includes making sure the shingles and gutters coordinate too!
We have seen the best results lately with monochromatic paint schemes. Buyers are definitely seeking softer tones and want something other than white white trim. The following are some photos we have taken while out showing property that illustrate various house styles and paint schemes.
Monochromatic Gray Shades
Ranch Renovation with Cement Lap Siding
Craftsman Style Green/Grey
Split Level Makeover
Paint and Stucco over Brick
Please feel free to let us know if you have specific questions. Our trick when preparing homes for sale is to give the painter the address of a home we want to copy. They just drive by, match the scheme and make it happen 🙂