From Chicken Coop to Modern Home: The Marietta Ipe House


With homeowners Matt and Terri's children away at school, they were looking to relocate from their current home 10 miles North to somewhere within walking distance of Marrietta Square. They eventually found their current lot which was home to a chicken coop 100 years ago. They met with Architect Daniel Olah (Olah Design Group) and Builder Ben Burney (Uppercut Homes) with the goal of modernizing and expanding the existing home on the property.

After renovations began, Daniel started to realize that they were not going to be able to make everything happen with the existing structure. After deliberating with everyone, it was decided to start from scratch.

The must-haves for the Pattersons' new home included an open floor plan, a large screened in porch (w/ fireplace), master bedroom located on the main floor, and some sort of wood siding wrapping the home (at Terri's request).

After considering several different options for the siding, Ben suggested that Ipe be used throughout the build. He had worked with Ipe plenty on other projects that his company Uppercut Homes had done. "I try to introduce Ipe to as many projects as possible because it's a pretty unique product and it's hard as a rock. It'll last forever, it's pretty stable, and the color when you put a clear oil on really just makes it speak for itself."

Ben's crew had worked extensively with Ipe in the past so they knew that when working with a premium product you need to have the appropriate skill sets to get it done right. From all the mitered corners to the pegs being in the exact same place throughout the build, the finished product truly turned out to be a masterpiece.

Matt and Terri were fortunate enough to have friends in the lighting industry who were willing to go all out on the exterior lighting surrounding the house. As a result of this, the home is at its most impressive during the night. "It's beautiful during the day but when you see it at night, it really just pops."

Everything in this home was built with perfection in mind. From the master bathroom to the sliding barn doors, the attention to detail that Ben's crew had is evident throughout the entire home. "I really like that wherever you go something kind of catches your eye and you think, 'oh that's pretty cool'."


To see more footage from the "Ipe House" check out our featured project video.


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