Sean Ahern of Ahern Anvil started this week installing the front entry stairs for a contemporary home we designed for a young Chicago couple at Kiawah on Sweet Spire. The stairs are made of Corten Steel wall over a concrete base. This type of steel doesn’t need painting as the steel rusts the rust provides the exterior protective “crust”. The main curved Corten steel wall was inpired by American sculptor Richard Serra who’s sculptures use curved steel walls to define space. Ahern Anvil has done an excellent job installing these. Complimenting these stairs, landscape architect JR Kramer of ReMark Studio are using curved steel as retaining walls on the site. Matt Byrd of Byrd Builder is doing a wonderful job as the general contractor on this home. They have handled these sophisticated elements with ease.
Six years ago we designed the 2013 HGTV Dream Home. A winner was chosen and then the developer could put the house on tour for a month and the monies earned would be given to a local charity. Our developer, Candace Dyal of Dyal Compass, LLC chose Community in Schools. This organization helps fund school supplies for local teachers. These tours were very successful and raised over $180,000.ºº. This is more than any other HGTV Dream Home up to that time. We were so happy that so much money was raised for such a good cause. This home was designed using sustainable and green materials and was awarded the highest green rating Platinum LEED.