From the Ground Up

Birmingham Home & Garden is excited to give you a sneak peek into our 2011 Inspiration Home at The Cove at Overton. This fabulous new home will be previewed in our November/December issue. Then our January/February issue will feature a blowout special section showcasing each room and all building and design products and ideas that went into making it. For those of you who cannot wait for the January/February issue, the house will be open for tours from November 19 through December 4, as well as December 10 and 11 as a featured home on the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour.

To give you a taste of the quality and great ideas you will find in the 2011 Inspiration Home, we would like to introduce our building and design team:

Charles Kessler, Developer

The Cove at Overton, 205-999-9881

Charles G. Kessler, Jr. has been working in Birmingham real estate and development for more than 30 years. His reputation is defined by his commitment to building quality commercial and residential buildings and homes in and around the city. His ventures include properties in Homewood, Vestavia, and most recently The Parc at Overton in Mountain Brook and Pumphouse Village in Vestavia Hills, along with redevelopments of Heritage Parc in Hoover and Ross Bridge. Birmingham Home & Garden is excited about building our Inspiration Home at The Cove at Overton, a neighborhood bridging Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills. With every project, Charles believes in creating a lifestyle and a place to call home.

Chris Reebals, Architect

Christopher Architects

, 205-413-8531

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“My love of community architecture was shaped by my surroundings: front porches, neighborhood cookouts, sidewalks, and street side sports were extremely influential, ” says Homewood native and architect Chris Reebals.

After attending Auburn University’s prestigious Architecture program where he played football and graduated with honors, Chris began his professional career with a large southeast architecture firm. In 2002, he began Christopher and Associates with an objective to listen and create. “By understanding our client’s vision, we can create unique and beautiful spaces which express personality and passion, ” Chris says.

Chris is an award-winning architect and the president and founder of Christopher and Associates, an architecture and interiors firm specializing in custom residential design and community planning.

Tracery Interiors, Interior Design

2405 Montevallo Road, Mountain Brook,   AL  35223, 205-414-6026
72 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461, 850-231-6755

Tracery is a nationally recognized interior design firm founded by Paige Sumblin Schnell in 2004 on the principle that all aspects of design are interconnected and the visions and needs of the client are paramount. “The melding of styles and materials instills a home with personality and character, ” explains Page. “I love to mix clean lined furniture with vintage and antique pieces.” Projects are executed with passion and personal attention to detail. An enhanced quality of life is the ultimate goal.

Tracery’s designers work in collaboration with studios located in Rosemary Beach, Florida and Mountain Brook, Alabama. Paige guides the firm and is joined by designers Anna Kay Porch, Bess Marshall, and Doug Davis. Their diverse portfolio spans nationally.

Whether it’s a grand home, a modest renovation, or just a color scheme, Tracery creates emotionally evocative spaces with timeless appeal. Tracery has been published in Birmingham Home & Garden, House Beautiful, Southern Living, Food & Wine, Vanity Fair, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Coastal Living, Country Living, Florida Life + Travel, and Southern Accents.

Jenny Carpenter, Landscape Designer


Jenny Carpenter, of Carpenter’s Creations, is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture. After working in Auburn, then Columbus, Georgia, she and her husband Bill moved to Birmingham.

Jenny has designed residential landscape designs in the Over-The-Mountain area, assisting homeowners and builders to achieve custom looks to meet individual needs. She also has enjoyed doing design work for second homes at Lake Martin, Logan Martin, Lay Lake, Lake Mitchell, Smith Lake, and Lake Tuscaloosa.

She assists business owners and developers with commercial properties and enjoys helping homeowners update their existing gardens and landscapes.

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