Modern design has unexpected twists in Amir Nejad and Bogna Kabat’s DeKalb County home.
Most of the walls are angled or crooked, instead of square, which was challenging to build, but more interesting, and provides greater flexibility when placing furniture and decorating, Nejad said.
“It gives a different flow to the house,” he said.
Their new residence, on the June 10-11 MA! Architecture Tour in Atlanta, merges open spaces and sleek cabinets made by Nejad’s company, which does high-end work across the U.S., with quirky amenities such as a jellyfish tank and a golf simulator.
“This house, I designed everything from A to Z,” said Nejad, who used to work in construction and credits his friend and architect, Erik Lewitt, for bringing the ideas to reality. “It’s something that I’ve been working on for many years.”
Residents: Amir Nejad and Bogna Kabat and their daughters, Mersedeh and Victoria Nejad
Location: Atlanta, DeKalb County
Size: 8,500 square feet, six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths
Year built/bought: 2016
Architect: Erik Lewitt of Plexus r+d
Interior design and millwork: Nejad’s company, Royal Custom Cabinets
Architectural style: Modern
Favorite architectural elements: The use of clerestory glass — long bands of windows above eye level — and frosted windows to create natural light and open spaces. Also, the exterior features concrete, wood, glass, aluminum and cementitious stucco, which Nejad liked because of its low-maintenance qualities and connection to nature.
Interior design style: Modern
Favorite interior design elements: The custom cabinetry and appliances with no handles and sensors that allow them to open and close; the kitchen island with waterfall Cambria quartz countertops and reclaimed wood details; additional use of reclaimed wood, including a sliding door to the pantry, around the bar and island, and as a coffee table.
Most unusual accessory: The jellyfish tank, located next to the dining table. “It’s so relaxing to watch them,” Nejad said.
Favorite outdoor elements: The backyard pool and cabana, where the cantilever roof was designed to serve a waterfall into the pool.
Resources: Furniture from Cantoni and RH, Miele appliances, lighting and door hardware from Masterpiece Lighting, bathroom fixtures from Pirch, golf simulator from Full Swing Golf, Control4 system from Audio Intersection.