They say that a sculptor just releases the form or figure that they see already within the stone. We feel a little bit like that about the new home community in Marietta that we had the opportunity to build – the Cottages at Keeler Woods. In this instance, the form within, as we saw it, was a French country style. For generations, Marietta has been known as a balanced choice for keeping the advantages of Atlanta in easy reach, while reserving the sense of serenity that can come from a bit of separation.
Originally intended to be the terminal and crossroad point for one of the railroads that eventually gave birth to Atlanta itself, a change in those plans put Marietta on its own two feet, and yet not far away at all.
What About This Could Be French?
As a town that originated around a courthouse square, first glance might suggest that the essence of Marietta from a design standpoint is all-American. Indeed, every significant American style can be found among the Marietta homes for sale, from colonial to Victorian to craftsman to midcentury modern. What strikes us as French is not so much the built environment as the quality of life that people cultivate here, in the essence of Cobb County.
The idea that elegance does not always call for a big city is central to this French view of provincial life. France, in fact, is full of wide-open spaces, even though Paris might be the first thought that springs to the American mind. From the rolling hills of Champagne, from the shaded valley of the Loire, and even the quintessentially English voice of Shakespeare intoned “the vasty fields of France” – the country homes of France inspire design solutions that arise from making the most of life, right where you are.
What a Home Builder Can Bring
As a home builder of considerable experience, Monte Hewett makes it a point to consider the community and the nature of its surroundings when creating a home. Certainly, this was the case once again when the opportunity arose to build new homes in Marietta. Look with care at the design and elevations of the Monte Hewett homes known as the Cottages at Keeler Woods. The steep roof lines, the tall windows, the sense of approach and entry that they embody are inspired directly by the French country tradition.
Stepping over the threshold, we see tall windows bathe the embracing interiors with natural light. The sense of openness flows from room to room. The warmth of a brick fireplace seems to work in every season, whether a fire is laid there or not. Modern kitchens with oversized islands remind us of where we found the word “cuisine,” and how the kitchen serves so often as the heart of the home. Covered patios invite you to extend your enjoyment of home outdoors – another French country tradition.
The best way to sense what this approach might mean for you is to schedule a visit. Call us at 770-696-6705 to get started.