Atlanta civil engineers Teresa and Chad Epple are accustomed to thinking deep thoughts about airports and parking lots and pedestrian byways. So when their firm signed on as the engineers of record for the budding hamlet of Serenbe, Georgia—a “new urban” village with its own organic farm, preserved forests, and miles of nature trails, the couple knew a good thing when they saw it—they soon bought land to make it their own.
Though Serenbe is a highly planned community—complete with a spa, playhouse, and an inn—residents are granted flexibility in determining the architectural style of their own homes. For the Epples, that meant a house in a “soft industrial” style—the signature look of Atlanta design and branding firm Smith Hanes Studio. On the outside, the house is a “modern glass box,” the designer says. Inside, the kitchen’s oversized pendant lights and imposing zinc hood give way to soft white ceilings and breezy white curtains (plus one of the nicest pantries we’ve seen). Says the designer Smith Hanes, the interior is “industrial enough to agree with its modern exterior, but soft enough that the owners can relax and feel at home.” Let’s take a closer look at the kitchen (and that pantry).
Photography by Andrew Thomas Lee, courtesy of Smith Hanes Studio.
The Epples have a big family and love having guests over for meals, says Hanes: “It’s common that they have eight or ten people around the kitchen table.”
Chad Epple, in particular, is an avid cook. “He fixes an amazing breakfast every morning,” says Hanes: “Made-from-scratch biscuits, eggs just the way you like them, and lattes from his espresso machine.”
At their first design meeting, Teresa Epple showed Hanes a photo of a glassed-in, country house pantry made with vintage wooden windows. “We just tailored the idea to the aesthetic of this house,” the designer says, and used new glass and steel forged by Forge Fine Steel in Atlanta.