With architectural style that demonstrates simplicity, timelessness and charm, the home also favors state-of-the-art technology and modern standards. Interior finishes invite a casual elegance that is functional and fresh, and special features throughout the home create a variety of surprises within every room. The exterior landscapes provide areas of outdoor living and natural habitats while expanding the home life beyond the porches and into the gardens and neighborhood.
Architect Byron K. Smith of studiosmith Architecture and Michael Dilworth, owner of Dilworth Development Inc., worked together through development and construction to make the project have a natural progression from start to finish.
“Michael has a great way of making things come together. We worked through this project staying true to the original concept and making changes along the way,” explains Smith. “The home buyers added their own flare to the home as well. It is exciting and satisfying to see what was a dream and mere idea become a sketch out on paper, then turn into something beautiful.”
Dilworth and Smith visualized a home and a neighborhood that encompassed raw or natural materials, a home that could stand the test of time, one that looked as if it had been around for a while, and expected to remain for a lot longer. The architecture mimics a European style with its multi-paned windows, varying roof pitches and masonry surfaces. The layout of the home is functional and easily adaptable to the buyers’ lifestyle.
“The design of the home allows connectivity from one space to the next,” explains Smith. “The way the home lives is open and transparent. It is great for entertainment yet has private areas, such as the cozy and tucked-away master suite.”
The home has a subtle and quiet feel. Doorways with bull-nosed edges, plaster walls and reclaimed wood on the ceilings provide an appreciation for modest details that make a much larger impression. The home is understated rather than overly ornate. The architectural style and finishes provide old-world charm with a modern flare.
“My goal for the showcase home, and every home we build, is to not only create a well- thought, custom-designed home, but to enlist the best team for that creation. For the showcase home I called upon talented and unique professionals to assist me in developing the vision for a home. Along with Byron Smith, the architect for the home, and Bello, LLC, the interior design team for the home, and the showcase homeowners, I was able to achieve the vision I initially had for the home,” shares Dilworth. “I believe that is what sets Dilworth Development, Inc. apart.Historically, there has been a tremendous disconnect between the design and artistic development aspect involved in building. I feel our company provides the best of both worlds which ultimately lends itself to a positive and more convenient customer experience. At Dilworth Development, we truly strive to make the homeowners happy while maintaining the integrity of building a solid, well-designed home.”
The interior features and furnishings respect the exterior architecture of the home while remaining current with industrial appliances and high-end technology. Modern conveniences include top-of-the-line, professional-grade, stainless-steel appliances and a state-of-the-art home technology control system with a touch screen that allows access to security cameras and alarm system, electronic lighting throughout the property, home entertainment and surround sound, and internet access for weather reports and web-browsing capabilities.
Smith designed the home with the intention of flexibility toward any buyer’s specific needs. The buyer of this year’s showcase home sought a warm and inviting environment, but also wanted to keep the mood light and casual.
The interior displays a variety of materials and finishes offering a soft and natural color palette. Exposed brick walls in the scullery, painted judges paneling and cabinetry in the dining room, reclaimed wood ceilings in the living room, and Manhattan-style polished chrome fixtures are just a few features that ignite the senses throughout the home. Furnishings and decor provided by Bello, a local design company, add to the home’s style and personality.
“My goal was to give a fresh interpretation to a traditional home,” explains Jacque Holley of Bello when describing her interior design selections. “A neutral background provides a good base then I added colorful accents and different patterns to give energy to the space. Mixing old and new, transitional and contemporary, and still maintaining a refined, cohesive design.”
The home furnishings include wood furniture upholstered with a light, linen fabric; Turkish Oushak rugs with muted tones; and custom, hand-sewn bedding for each bedroom in a multitude of fabrics. “I tried to create an interior that was not only an expression of the family living there, but also keeping it interesting with both traditional and modern elements,” explains Holley. Most of the upholstered furnishings were custom made, from the master bedroom headboard in graphite-gray velvet, to the banquette seating and mixed array of accent pillows in the breakfast room. Some other unique custom furnishings are the white, patent-leather headboard with chrome nailheads in the daughter’s blue bedroom, and the soft, romantic dupionni silks in pinks, taupes and browns. Tiny pearls that adorn the creamy linen panels are also used to drape an antique white canopy bed. The home also features several works of art from local and regional artists.
Living spaces extend beyond the interior and into several outdoor rooms including the front entry. The front covered porch has stained coffered ceilings and a copper gas lantern, with doors leading to the dining room and the gallery. It offers space for guests to mingle upon arrival or after dinner, as well as a place for family members to enjoy chats with neighbors. A unique water feature creates ambiance, and well-placed shrubbery provides a front lawn garden.
A more private, outdoor atmosphere is found in the rear of the home, just beyond the kitchen and living areas. The covered back porch is an enclave for the owners that has ultimate privacy and is surrounded by the walls of the home. A fireplace and grilling station are featured, while a lower level of the lawn provides yet another gathering spot for friends with a stone wall surrounding an outdoor chimney and seating area. This area was designed by Dilworth to create a grotto-like area for entertaining. It’s another way of creating visual interest in the outdoor space.
Unique architectural style, along with modern conveniences, exterior lifestyles, and visually exciting interior finishes and furnishings make the 2010-2011 East Alabama Living Showcase Home one you won’t want to miss. The home tour begins June 4th, and all proceeds from ticket purchases benefit Autism Awareness. Make this home tour a calendar event for you and your friends, and enjoy viewing and admiring the finished product of a well-appointed and experienced team of industry
Home Location: 1746 Belcastel Court, Auburn, Ala.
Tour Dates: June 4 – June 12
studiosmith Architecture: www.s2archllc.com