Dedicated To Design: Q&A With Interior Designer, Laura Davis McCutcheon

Snead Golf Course 30 is a one-of-a-kind fairway home designed by AM Architecture, built by G & G Builders, Inc., and interior design by Laura Davis McCutcheon. Recently, we asked Laura to share with us how she began her career, what inspires her design, and why she loves designing at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Read below to learn more!

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LDMGSC: How did you get into the interior design field, and what is your background?
LDM: When I was growing up, my father was a contractor with G & G Builders, Inc. and my mother owned a gift and accessories store. In addition to the homes I grew up in, my parents would periodically build spec homes. Over time, being on a construction site and choosing residential finishes became second nature as my parents always involved my sister and I in the process. After years of going on buying trips with my mother, I thought I want to open a retail store of my own one day. With that thought in mind, I started my freshman year of college in Charlotte, NC at the (Hugh) McColl School of Business at Queens University. As a sophomore, I realized my true passion was architecture, design, and construction. I had started to really miss all of the time I used to spend on construction sites. That revelation led me to the “Windy City” where I began studying at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL. While at Harrington, I was offered an internship in Florida in the kitchen and bath industry. After a year in the “K&B” world, I was hired by Williamson Shriver Architects in Charleston, WV. While working at WSA, I enrolled in the interior design program at the University of Charleston, (design program formerly known as the Carleton Varney School of Art & Design). I graduated from UC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design. One year after graduation, I took a position as a designer with Smith Floor Covering Distributors in order to gain more knowledge about the flooring and tile industry. Finally, with a formal education in interior design under my belt and my commercial and residential design experience in tow, I started my own company, Davis McCutcheon Interiors.

GSC: What interests you the most when designing?
LDM: The purpose of my client’s space and how they work/live within it interests me the most because the best thing I can do for them is create a space that functions properly.

kitchenLDMGSC: Is there any particular style or designer that you admire or are inspired by?
LDM: I am truly inspired by retired interior designer, Iris Apfel. She’s 94 year old and still working, not because she has to, but because she loves it. She left the world of interiors years ago, but as an artist she has been able to reinvent herself while still maintaining her individuality. I am impressed by her business sense most of all. Clearly, when the market changed, she made changes, but did not lose herself along the way.

GSC: How would you define your style and how do you gain inspiration?
LDM: I would define my style as “well collected.” I like combining the old with the new when selecting finishes and furnishings. I think it makes a room more inviting and gives your space more character.

GSC: Describe the process in which you develop ideas for homes. What is your approach with clients and how do ideas come to fruition?
LDM: When I am starting a project with a client, I want to know what their short and long-term goals are for their space. Gaining a clear perspective of how they intend to make use of it, now and in the future, helps me to develop a strategy that not only serves their short-term needs, but helps me to create a plan that doesn’t infringe upon future design possibilities.

SGC30thumbnailGSC: How many homes have you designed at The Greenbrier Sporting Club?
LDM: Snead Golf Course 30 is my first project at The GSC. I love working in a new or different environment because your perspective is constantly changing. What I may design for my client in one location will certainly differ in another. They are the only constant, so I work to make sure the space is a reflection of the people who live there. Whether it is an environment they live in full-time, their place of work, or where they go to relax and get away from it all, I want my clients to be comfortable.

SGC30_1GSC: What inspired the design for Snead Golf Course 30 here at The Greenbrier Sporting Club?
LDM: I wanted to create a timeless foundation for the homeowner. Something they could decorate with ease for years to come.

GSC: What makes a home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club different from other homes or projects you have worked on?
LDM: Greenbrier Sporting Club (GSC) homes are legacy homes. Traditions begin at The Sporting Club, generations gather and a lifetime of memories are made. Knowing you are a part of a team that is literally building the foundation for a family to experience that is truly special.

GSC: Why does The Greenbrier in particular hold such a special meaning to you?
LDM: As a child, it was the first place I recall seeing that truly possessed a unique interior. Now, as a designer, it’s more impressive to me that Carleton Varney and his team have provided updates over the years, but have been able to maintain the hotel’s original charm.

GSC: What is the best advice you could give to a client when designing a home?
LDM: #1: Develop a clear understanding of how you and your family currently function in your home! The more I know from the beginning, the better. The interior design of your space should above all, revolve around the way you live within it.
#2: Don’t overuse design trends! If you do you run the risk of putting a giant year or decade stamp on your interior. Let your personality shine through. If you start with a timeless foundation, sparingly use trending décor, and accessorize with personal items you have collected over the years, your interior will always be in style.

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To contact Laura, please contact Laura Davis McCutcheon Interiors
email: laura@davismccutcheon.com | 304.881.1694

Luxury Real Estate Thriving at GSC in 2015

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2015 SALES UPDATE FOR THE GREENBRIER SPORTING CLUB

The Greenbrier Sporting Club experienced a stellar year for sales, and finished the year with thirty-two (32) transactions for an overall sales volume of $37,841,000.

HOMES
Of the thirty-two (32) closed transactions, fifteen (15) were homes purchased for a total sales volume of $31,261,000 (unfurnished). The average, unfurnished purchase price was $2,084,067.

HOMESITES
Nine (9) of the closed transactions were homesites purchased for a total sales volume of $2,580.000. The average purchase price for homesites in 2015 was $286,667.

OAKHURST FOUNDING PARTNERSHIPS
Eight (8) of the closed transactions were Oakhurst Founding Partnerships at $500,000 each. An additional seven (7) Founding Partnerships that are pending will be finalized in Q1 2016. With the unprecedented opportunity to choose from ANY developer-owned home or homesite in our existing community or a future homesite at the Oakhurst neighborhood, we foresee many more Oakhurst Founding Partnerships closing in the new year.

AVAILABLE LISTINGS
We currently have ninety-two (92) active listings, consisting of thirty-four (34) homes totaling $76,093,900 and fifty-eight (58) homesites totaling $28,126,200. The average list price for a home is $2,238,056 (unfurnished), while the average list price for a homesite is $484,934. Of the ninety-two (92) active listings, only seven (7) homesites and two (2) homes are owned by The Greenbrier Sporting Club Development Company (developer-owned) and enjoy unprecedented Developer Incentives.

2016 UPDATE
As of March 3, 2016, we have SURPASSED our Founding Partnership goal for Q1, and have eight (8) secured, with 5 additional being finalized. This limited-time opportunity will not last forever, and NOW is the time to join our fantastic community! For more real estate information, please contact our Real Estate Team.

Introducing Summit 5 & 52, The Newest Additions to our Model Home Program

The Greenbrier Sporting Club is thrilled to announce two additions to our Model Home Program! “Due to the success of the program in the past (Summit 19, 46 and 48), The Sporting Club has decided to move forward with two exceptionally designed homes at our Summit Village,” states John Klemish, Broker In Charge & Adviser to the Chairman. “These homes feature immaculate detailing and design, and hold true to the character and charm of The Summit Village neighborhood.” Summit 5 & 52 are both designed by E.L. Roach Architects, with Summit 5 being built by The Pinnacle Group and Summit 52 by Cochran Construction. Both are now under construction and will tentatively be completed by Thanksgiving 2015.


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GREENBRIER SUMMIT VILLAGE 5
168 Hayes Ridge
Property #: GSV 05

Exterior Features
~ Foundation: Stone
~ Siding: Board & Batten Cedar Lap and Cedar Shake Accents
~ Roof: Standing Seam Metal
~ Door is Custom Knotty Alder
~ Trex Decking on Back Patio

Interior Features
~ Oak Hardwood Floors on Main Level and Upper Level Living Areas
~ Carpeted Guest Bedrooms
~ Tile and Stone in Bathrooms
~ Locally Sourced Antique Beam and Barnwood Accents Throughout
~ Living Room Fireplace Features Stone with Antique Timber Mantel
~ Cottage-Style Painted Paneled Walls with Crown Moldings
~ Granite Countertops
~ Chef’s Kitchen with Prep Sink in Island
~ Unique Free-Standing Tub in Master Bathroom
~ Commercial-Grade Appliances: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko, and Whirlpool
~ Wine Cooler and Refrigerated Drawers in Butler’s Pantry
~ Pre-Wired for Sound System
~ Security System Installed

 


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GREENBRIER SUMMIT VILLAGE 52
384 Calwell Lane
Property #: GSV 52

Exterior Features
~ Foundation: Monroe Stone
~ Siding: Cedar Lap, Cedar Shakes, and Board & Batten
~ Roof: Standing Seam Metal Roof in Bronze Finish with Copper Gutters
~ Entry Door is a Two Panel Painted Shaker Wood Door
~ Covered and Screened Patio Off of Kitchen has Stone Floors
~ Deck Off of Living Room is Ipe Wood

Interior Features
~ Barnwood Accents Throughout ~ From Barn Originally in Jane Lew, West Virginia
~ Barnwood Beams (stained) Also Featured on Bedroom Ceilings
~ Granite Countertops
~ Custom Tile Designs in Bathrooms
~ Stained Quarter Sawn White Oak Hardood Flooring Throughout (except in three bedrooms and attached closets)
~ Carpeting in Bedrooms and Attached Closets
~ Master Bedroom Features Painted Shiplap Walls
~ Powder Room Features Barnwood Accent Wall
~ Master Bathroom Includes a Copper Soaking Tub and Heated Tile Floors
~ Kitchen Features Thermador Appliances, Farmhouse Sink, and Barnwood Accent on the Island

Hamady Architects Wins Award for Greenbrier Sporting Club Home Design

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HAMADY ARCHITECTS LLC AWARDED INAUGURAL JOHN RUSSELL POPE AWARD FOR MOUNTAIN HOME DESIGN AT THE GREENBRIER SPORTING CLUB

White Sulphur Springs, WV – May 5, 2015:

Hamady Architects LLC was recently awarded the inaugural 2015 John Russell Pope Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), Mid-Atlantic Region, for its work on a mountain home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, the private residential estate at The Greenbrier, the historic American destination resort in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains.

Hamady Architects LLC (Kahlil Hamady, Owner) was recognized at an evening ceremony on Friday, April 17th at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. The firm received the award in the category of “New Residential Design Over 5,000 Square Feet” for its home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid-Atlantic region. The design submitted featured an elegant home situated in The Ridges neighborhood at the resort’s renowned private equity club and residential community, The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The home was completed in 2010 with a classical style designed to take advantage of the sweeping mountain vistas that surround it.
“This house is the result of the close collaboration between the owners, the architect and the general contractor,” said Kahlil Hamady, Owner of Hamady Architects LLC. “The John Russell Pope Award is a recognition of the harmonious integration of thoughtful architecture with its natural setting. Ultimately, according to Robert Ogle of Historic New England this award ‘sheds a bright light on the splendor of the West Virginia landscape.'”

The Greenbrier Sporting Club is highly acclaimed for the quality of its homes and the respect given to the surrounding natural and historical environment. Accordingly, homes are shaped in a style sympathetic to either The Greenbrier’s classically inspired architecture or the rugged beauty of the Allegheny Mountains. Site planning, as well as architectural and landscape design, are controlled by the Architectural Review Board (ARB), a permanent committee of The Greenbrier Sporting Club Community Association, which oversees harmonious development, preservation and enhancement of natural environments, while assisting owners in obtaining maximum utilization and enjoyment of their property. Upholding this vision of The Greenbrier Sporting Club are the Architects and Builders who have been approved by the ARB. Using their talent, creativity and experience, they design and build homes that compliment the land and add lasting value to The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Hamady Architects LLC has been an approved architectural firm for The Greenbrier Sporting Club since 2004, for demonstrating outstanding quality in their work and an understanding of, and ability to design in, the architectural styles consistent with the ARB Design Guidelines.

The Awards given by the ICAA are named for John Russell Pope, 1874-1937, best known as the architect of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Educated at the American School of Architecture in Rome (later called the American Academy in Rome) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Pope was renowned for interpreting European classicism in a new, American form. The ICAA is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.

Real Estate Outlook: 2015

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With 2014 behind us, and being well into 2015, the future looks bright in terms of sales at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. 2014 brought over $36 million in total sales volume, putting us 22% ahead of 2013. Existing home sales remained strong at The Club through the end of the year, particularly in the Copeland Hill neighborhood. To date, we are sold out within both Copeland Hill and Old White Cottages on Howard’s Creek neighborhoods.

What we have found as a “trend” in 2014, is that buyers are looking for a place they can call a “home away from home”, according to Greenbrier Sporting Club Associate Broker & Sales Executive, John Weber. “They are also looking for a club to join, with like minded members.” The importance of community is something very high on a client’s list, and The Greenbrier Sporting Club continues to offer that and much more. With 15 neighborhoods to choose from, plus a central hub which is The Members’ Lodge, that sense of community and camaraderie is quickly formed by actively living The Sporting Life. Through backyard gatherings, golf outings, or annual events at The Club, many of our members have built lifelong friendships here. Providing that sense of community is really what The Greenbrier Sporting Club is all about, and is one of the many reasons why we continue to be the most sought after private community in the U.S.

Not only is our community thriving, so is our homesite construction. We are seeing continuous activity, with 11 homes currently under construction and 4 going through the Architectural Review Board (ARB) process. As we look to what 2015 will bring, all signs are pointing to a positive increase in real estate activity, both nationwide and here at The Greenbrier. According to Realtor Magazine, “it is expected that solid growth will occur in 2015, keeping home sales on an upward path.” In fact, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) forecasts “existing-home sales will reach 5.3 million, an increase of almost half a million over 2014.”
It is likely that the expected return of more “sensible” mortgage underwriting standards will contribute to increase in sales for 2015. This change put in place by lenders will help steady the interest rates, with suggestions that it will hover below 5% for most of 2015 according to the Homebuying Institute. If in fact these interest rates “defy expectations and remain close to where they are currently, this will be another boost to housing sales” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

*A reminder that this is simply an educated guess, and in no way is this an exact prediction as to what the results the market will produce this year, or in following years.
Sources: Realtormag.org & Homebuyinginstitute.com

Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Convenes in Venice, Italy for the 9th Annual International Symposium

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Official Press Release
Posted by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (January 28, 2015) – The 9th Annual Luxury Real Estate International Symposium was held Tuesday, January 20th through Thursday, January 22nd in Venice, Italy at the famous Hotel Danieli. Stuart Penney, entrepreneur and founder of the new British start-up, Moneypenney Digital, was the keynote speaker at the event and spoke on the secrets to making content fly online.

The event brought together the top real estate brokers from all across the United States, Europe and Australia to discuss international real estate trends, digital marketing ideas and insight on pleasing clients in regard to marketing, negotiating and concierge service and more. Symposium attendees participated in several networking opportunities including a speed networking activity that was designed to accelerate business interactions at the event.
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Attending on behalf of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, John Klemish shared a few words on his experience at the symposium: “Attending the LRE Conference in Venice, Italy was an amazing opportunity to meet and learn from the top brokers from around the world. I was honored to be asked to be a speaker during the conference and during my time on the dais I discussed not only the incredible beauty, history and amenities here at The Greenbrier but also solicited referrals. My hope is to convince Luxury Real Estate to hold a future conference here at America’s Resort knowing full well that the brokers will be impressed enough to send their friends and clients here to become part of our incredible family of property owners.”

John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher of Luxury Real Estate shares that, “Creating and strengthening connections with fellow high-end real estate professionals is an integral part of being successful in the industry. Our annual events provide members of the network a place to cultivate new ideas and strategies and further expand their international business.”

Symposium attendees experienced Venetian culture during a sightseeing tour to kick off the event as well as on a property tour including some of the most coveted addresses in Venice. The event concluded with a dinner at the renowned Bistrot de Venise. Following the International Symposium is the Luxury Real Estate European Ski Trip that takes place just north of Venice in Canazei, Italy from January 24th – February 1st.

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