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GAbles Residential Vinings

Partnering for sustainable design in residential community spaces

Root-to-Fruit story in progress

Gables Residential, a developer whose 100% of new construction is green-certified, is designing a new residential community in Vinings, an Atlanta neighborhood tucked between Buckhead's West Paces Ferry section and the city of Smyrna. 

One of the primary components for sustainable design is optimizing the usefulness and economy of materials. Thinking holistically about the local environment, Gables engaged Atlanta furniture maker Madera Arts and Eutree to help craft flooring, paneling, furniture and other architectural wood products from the salvaged timber of the trees for use in the development's community spaces.

While the removal of some trees was required to make way for the mixed-use residential community, Gables partnered with Atlanta expert arborist, David Dechant at Arbor Guard, to minimize the impact to the tree canopy and surrounding environment.

Gables worked closely with David Dechant and local Atlanta grading company to recover, store and preserve the trees from the site.

Each locally sourced tree was selected for a specific purpose. The selection criteria is a core value of the the project team that allows for intentional design of the product.

The logs were taken to Eutree's mill just outside Atlanta for materials planning and milling.

Eutree collaborated with Madera Arts to provide a detailed inventory summary and recommendation to the Gables design team for how best to maximize utilization of the potential lumber from each log.

The Gables design team is currently working on the construction drawings for the development, and will begin to plan for use of the timber from these logs soon.

Stay tuned for the next phase of the project, and photos of the milling process coming in August!