NorthLake Design + Build was recently featured in Architectural Digest as a New Creative on the Rise for their signature design style and custom craftsmanship. For NorthLake, incorporating pieces of Louisiana’s rich local history into the design and construction of new homes is a regular occurance. NorthLake frequently uses reclaimed architectural components more than 100 years old to embellish their vernacular design style with historically relevant depth.
South Louisiana is known for its’ rich architectural history. A leisurely walk through the New Orleans French Quarter and Arts District, or Baton Rouge’s Garden District and Spanish Town neighborhoods, just to name a few, give patrons a glimpse into the area’s cultural influence over the past 300 years.
Kevin Stablier, Chief Designer & Builder, proclaims his love for great design saying, “I’m a huge history fanatic and I just love great architecture because of how it makes me feel. When I walk into a historic building such as the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue in the Upper Garden District and approach that grand mahogany staircase, it’s both breathtaking and inspiring. As I grab the handrail my imagination is taken back to a time when tradesmen identified themselves by their individual craft. The feel of that worn and gnarled old wood holds a story. I begin to think, ‘wow, I’m touching piece of history that a highly skilled craftsman once shaped over 135 years ago’ and it drives me because I want to create spaces that inspire the same feeling amongst the families that inhabit my homes. Here in Louisiana, we are bountiful with amazing historical buildings that are the guardians of some fantastic stories.”
Craftsmanship begins with great design and is carried throughout the process with attention to detail, innovation and experience. By adding reclaimed historic building components to new homes, history lives on through the next generation while making an interesting conversation piece for your guests and family.
A recent design + build project by NorthLake, the RAMPART model, became the Dauenhauer’s perfect forever home. The owners are empty nesters who just retired and wanted a simplified, low-maintenance but high quality lifestyle. As it turned out, the 2450 square foot single-story, 3 bedroom 2 ½ bath modern farmhouse became exactly what they dreamed of. And their favorite piece? Well it’s difficult to name one, but the 20+ foot long distressed cypress timber beam, antique heart pine mantle, 12’ ceilings, open plan and spa-like master bath suite begin to name a few.