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Home is Where the Hearth is this Holiday Season

Posted on December 14, 2018

There’s a crisp chill in the air in the Southeast as we quickly approach the new year. Fortunately, the season is relatively short and our homes at The Georgia Club are well equipped to make the most of it.

You’ve likely heard the old expression, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but where in the home does the heart really live?

At the Georgia Club, we believe the heart of every home is the hearth area. Is it a coincidence that the root word “heart” is in the word “hearth”? The word itself dates back over a thousand years to 900 A.D, with origins meaning “home” and “fireside.”

The Hearths that Make Homes at The Georgia Club

The homes at The Georgia Club feature gorgeous hearth areas with custom cabinets and trim, elegant mantles, and of course beautiful fireplaces. These are gorgeous gathering spaces, making each home special and representative of The Georgia Club lifestyle.

It’s easy to take the hearth area in your home for granted, but ultimately it’s the cozy fireside gathering space that brings us together, connects us elementally to nature to warm our bones, and helps remind us of our gratitude for friends loved ones.

That’s why we wanted to take a moment this holiday season to feature some of the hard-working artisans that do more than install hearths in our houses, they give us the transformative gift of turning our houses into homes.

Elegant Shelving and Trim

Richie Goodson nailn trim athens ga
Nothing makes a hearth more elegant and personalized than the mantle and surrounding trim work. Richie Goodson of Nailin’ Trim, Inc. has been doing excellent work at The Georgia Club for years.

Richie is from a family of craftsmen and has been honing his skills for over 25 years, with more than 15 years of service outfitting homes at The Georgia Club. His specialties include mantles, columns, built-in bookcases, and custom paneled ceilings. All the little custom details that personalize a home and make it unique.

Asked about the materials and techniques he uses, Richie notes,

“Every homeowner is different. The houses may have similar frames at the beginning, but at the owner’s direction, we can come in with different stain grade maple, cypress or pine tongue-and-groove ceilings, and other trim options. The end result is something unique to the house and owner.”

Asked about what drives him in his work, he adds,

“I want people to come in, sit down, and be happy. We also love that our work extends beyond the closing of the home. We build relationships with owners, and down the line they trust us to add in more specialty cabinets, built-in shelving, molding, or other trim items that dress up the home.”

How did Richie get so good at what he does? Experience, sure, but there’s a special talent at play,

“When I work with the owner on a vision for what they want, I see the entirety of the finished product in my mind before we even get started. That helps make sure it’s a job well done the first time. It’s not something that can be taught, but it’s definitely a factor in our good reputation that we’re proud of.”

We’re grateful for the great work Richie does at The Georgia Club, and agree he and his team have very much to be proud of!

Beautiful Fireplaces & Mantles

Keith Porter Insulation & Fireplace Athens GA

Naturally, you can’t have a cozy hearth area without a fireplace!

That’s where our friends at Keith Porter Insulation & Fireplace come into the picture. Porter provides many of the fireplaces found at The Georgia Club. These crucial centerpieces are either wood or gas burning, based on the architectural needs of the room.

Porter has been in business for over 40 years and is a trusted name in the community. We appreciate the reliable, beautiful fireplaces that warm up our homes and bring us together around the holidays.

Thank you to both Richie Goodson at Nailin’ Trim and Keith Porter at Keith Porter Insulation & Fireplace for making our family gathering spaces at The Georgia Club such a warm and important part of our homes!

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