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OPEN HOUSE | Making an architectural statement

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Over the last month our Open House series has taken you back to the Roaring 20s, to the French countryside and into a North Georgia home built for fun.

Tonight, we're touring a contemporary house where it's all about sleek, clean lines and making an architectural statement.

Marina Floccari is both the homeowner and designer of this contemporary home in Midtown's Sherwood Forest.

"I do think your house has to be exciting," Floccari said.

The main feature is the living space of this house and its 25-foot wall of windows.

"I think this house is more like a lifestyle rather than a home," Floccari said.

That lifestyle has been captured by advertisers, like Shaw Carpets. Shaw used the elaborate windows for a national ad campaign. Delos rugs used its contemporary corners to show off products in a catalog.

Floccari is also a wedding planner and is all about atmosphere. She designed the kitchen for functionality and placed the major appliances together on the side of the kitchen.

"That way, when you cook and entertain, whatever you need to do, is not in front of the guests," she said.

"I believe people underestimate the spaces that they live in and how much they influence their life in general," Floccari said. "It influences their career, their mood, their life and sometimes personal life."

Seven years ago, she purchased the property and plowed down the existing home to create her architectural vision.

She kept the existing pool and transformed the property for this nearly 5,400 square foot home.

The master bedroom faces the backyard and it also has a gigantic wall of windows.

"So we could see the trees and the birds," she said.

On the market for $1.85 million, contemporary isn't for everyone.

"We're seeing a new demand with all of the international people coming to Atlanta. And people from the west coast because they're familiar with this style," said Bee Breitenbach, of Sotheby's International Realty. She's the listing agent for this property. "I'd say there might be 15 contemporaries on the market right now."

Every Wednesday on 'The Rundown' we take you inside metro-Atlanta's luxury homes. If you've ever craved more space at home, you might get lost in next week's lakefront property. We'll take you on a tour of a 20,000 square foot estate on Lake Oconee.


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