Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dreaming in Brick

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I have been waiting until my blog was redesigned to share this fabulous brick home with you. Of course this house is stunning but it is captured spectacularly by architectural photographer, Peter Montanti of Mountain Photographics. He is a master at photographing interior and exterior architectural details with over 30 years experience.peter montanti_thumb[17]

The house, nestled in northern Georgia, is built with post and beams and General Shale brick. The details of the house are just amazing. I fell in love with this photo of the twilight reflecting off the metal roof.peter montanti 2_thumb[55]

I adore the meandering brick bridge to the back door – We often see this type of connector with very straight lines, but the way this curves is just a delight. Notice the detailing on the roof line and around the windows. Also notice the lovely copper overhang – beautiful. Now for a real treat let’s see inside!

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Look at that fireplace, quite an architectural feature. The post and beams come right to the floor which I think is very interesting. The wood ceiling and floors balance the expanse of brick. One of my favorite details is the metal band around the fireplace. Also notice the arched entry ways which is repeated in the arch of the fireplace opening.

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The kitchen is stunning! Notice there are almost no upper cabinets – the wall of arched windows is breathtaking. The black honed counters are nicely balanced by the black cabinet on the left.

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Finally let’s have another look at the outstanding details on the exterior. It is wonderful to see such craftsmanship. A special thank you to Peter Montanti for his wonderful photo tour. Click HERE or on the small photo below to see more of his outstanding work. The fabulous architect was Clay Chapman. To see more of his work click HERE. To read his Blog click HERE. To see more brick homes by General Shale Brick, click HERE.



(All Photos Property of PETER MONTANTI not to be copied with out written permission)

39 comments:

  1. Ok this goes in the "dream home" file for sure! Just love it!

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  2. That's really some pretty amazing brick work. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wow! Stunning architecture! How thick are the walls? The windows didn't look like they were in deep wells. This northern girl is having a hard time wrapping her head around how I would heat a home without a layer of insulation, although I suppose the brick has thermal mass and the house is in Georgia. Thanks for sharing such a special home.

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  4. That house is amazing! I have to share this with my husband he'll flip over the brick work. Love your new redesigned header, simple but elegant!

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  5. Love the new look of your blog!!!!Maryanne ;)

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  6. Absolutely. Stunning. It was worth the wait! I yearn for massive interior spaces with so much warmth and architectural detail with pre-modern details. Houses like this feed my dissatisfaction with our house, the only house I've owned.

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  7. Stunning exterior, but I find the interior a bit overwhelming no?

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  8. The architecture is phenomenal!

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  9. It's a pity more kitchens can't be designed this way -- with windows where we usually place upper cabinets. It takes a generously-sized kitchen to pull this off (where would we put all the stuff?). I for one would be willing to walk to a pantry on the opposite wall if I could have a bank of windows for natural lighting and a view.

    Are you listening, architects?

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  10. Thank you for sharing this home! Oh how it set my mind to dreaming of living there. The interior and chimney(?) reminded me of our local apparel gin downtown. There have been talks in the past of turning them into loft apartments and boutique shoppes, but alas, the economy went south and talks ceased. This home reminded me of how rich and classic thoughtful builders make dreams come true.

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  11. Hello Gina,

    I hope you're having a great weekend so far.

    Your blog is looking so beautiful! Now, this house is a house that I won't forget so soon. It's phenomenal. Can you imagine all the work to built it?

    Hugs to you,

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  12. Love it....very beautiful. I love the chimney and the fireplace, the attention to detail is phenomenal. Love seeing beautiful homes and this one is a treat becuase its so different than what you typciall see....the interior brick walls warms it up so nicely.

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  13. Wow! Now that's a lot of brick!!! A bit too much for my taste but amazing workmanship and details.

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  14. Upon a quick glance, the outside looks so similar in style to buildings from my old prep school that was recently sold that I thought some clever person had revamped one of the dorms into a private home! It's very interesting, the brick detail is amazing, but it's too "outside-in" for my taste.

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  15. the photography is spectacular! No one knows how hard it is,unless they have tried it.....the house reminds me of an old factory....aka loft....smiles.

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  16. This is a beautiful fortresss of a home. The kitchen is stunning. Thanks for sharing!
    Yvonne

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  17. Wow, that's a lot of brick! I love it though.

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  18. Fabulous home and a great example of why I love brick and beams!! Really amazing !

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    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  19. I'm glad there are no cabinets on those wall in the kitchen. How could you cover up such beautiful craftsmanship?

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  20. I bet that is a SERIOUSLY cold house in the winter. It's too much brick, for my taste.

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  21. Wow, this is one beautiful house! Thanks for sharing...I love this blog! Sx

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  22. WoW what at spectacular and extraordinary home - and the photos are so nice ;o)
    Looking forward to follow your nice blog ;o)
    Greetings Tina

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  23. I'm familiar with this house. All the walls are 3 bricks thick with an air gap between each layer. Very easy to heat and cool.

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  24. This is the owner of the brick house in NW Georgia chiming in here just to remind everyone that the purpose of this blog was to show off the awesome photography skills of Peter Montanti who we just love! He spent a couple of days with us while he worked hard to catch it in 'just the right light', etc. Very patient man and it was a pleasure watching his craftsmanship at work. But . . . I thought I would also stop everyone from worrying about the heating bill. House was completed in May, 2004; I have lived in it for 7 years now; and my WORST electric bill was this past month after the big snow storm that hit our area in January and temps never got above 20 degrees for 5 straight days. That bill was $420; they average $250 to $275 throughout the year. All exterior walls are 3 brick thick (11+ inches), as well as some inteterior; but most interior walls are 2 brick thick. The idea for all the windows was to prevent it from feeling too "brick-y"; and we think it worked, especially in the kitchen. If you want to see more shots of it, the builder was Clay Chapman and his website is periodarchitecture.com

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  25. That's a labor of love!! Just fantastic...I wish I could go there.

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  26. This is fantastic. They just don't make homes like this anymore. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Dear Gina,

    I'm just dropping by to wish you a fantastic weekend!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: Gina, if you have a minute, please come take a look at my "Cool or Fool Fridays: Would you live in a "Auto House"? :-)

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  28. Dear Homeowner,
    Thanks so much for chiming in!! As you can see by the comments - your house is loved by many. So interesting about heating and the triple brick construction- it truly is a work of art!
    Best,
    Gina

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  29. Thanks for sharing this interesting home with us. I loved seeing it, talk about "good bones"... I came by today to ask you to please go by my blog. I am asking for input from some of my favorites... thanks

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  30. My god!
    This is a proper construction! Marvelous bricks. It is almost like in a factory! Very interesting and impressive.
    Regards

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  31. Never seen anything like this before! It is absolutely gorgeous! The big chimney, the winding walkway- I love every bit of it!

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  32. This was too beautiful not to share with my readers. I love following your posts and fell in love with this home. It was interesting to see the owners comments above! Here's the shout out!
    http://johnhoodfamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/beautiful-homes-beautiful-ideas.html

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  33. WOW. Georgia has some unique and amazing homes (and the gorgeous trees and landscape don't hurt either!) Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. Hureyyy!!!!!
    Your collection is so amazing. I love this Brick designing. Thanks for post this fantastic blog.

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  35. I recently repainted my brick fireplace- without regret. Not a fan of this type of brick but love the way it has been utilized here. The weight of the brick has been balanced by the height of he ceilings and all that wood. Nice job!

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  36. That house is amazing! I love the fireplace, the attention to detail is phenomenal! I love this Brick designing...! Thanks for This great post!

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