South Haven Builders Creates Versatile Modern, Cottage-Inspired Living

Serenbe is a neighborhood focused on wellbeing. Photo credit:

Set in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Hills, Serenbe, a high-end wellness community designed with sustainability and nature in mind. Serenbe reflects Georgia-based design firm South Haven Builders’ ethos that centers on thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship. Pamela Stakemann looked to the area for inspiration and context, taking elements from Lupo Loop, a residential development built into a ridge and Serenbe’s Mado Hamlet, an urban village of Danish-style homes, cottages, and townhomes.

The project showcases two cottage-style homes, each with modern floor plans and custom details inside and out. High ceilings, cozy spaces, and expansive views characterize the interiors.

For baths, Stakemann said the goal was to “Rely on the project’s cottage theme, making spaces warm and inviting, while incorporating modern touches and natural elements.” Additionally, the bath’s “spa-like appeal” is a boon for homeowners, offering a dedicated, private haven to unwind.

In the first home, the primary bath combines white oak and painted cabinetry with marble countertops align with the cottage feel, while porcelain and honed marble on the floor and shower walls add a modern sensibility. In collaboration with project designer Buffy Ferguson of Elizabeth Ferguson Design, chose the freestanding Marquis soaking tub from Hydro Systems. Its soft, clean lines and custom design along with its polished white exterior and contrasting matte interior made it a stand out option.

With its gentle contours, the Marquis soaking tub bridges the space between cottage and modern styles. Interiors: Elizabeth Ferguson Design, Buffy Ferguson (principal designer), South Haven Builders


For the second home, the designers opted for two contrasting spaces: the minimalist-inspired terrace bath features dark tiles, white oak cabinetry and quartz countertops, and Hydro Systems’ Slate soaking tub. The tub’s rectangular shape and crisp lines convey strength and simplicity. A matte finish for both the tub’s interior and exterior completes the look.

Defined angles and dark marble give this space a masculine edge. Bathroom design and build: South Haven Builders Design: McKenzie Design, Steve McKenzie (principal designer)


For the primary bath, the designers were inspired by a classical aesthetic. Checkerboard patterned marble flooring infuses the space with a sense of tradition, complemented by white oak cabinetry and marble shower-wall tiles. Hydro Systems’ Liberty freestanding tub anchors the design. “We sought a more traditional look for this bath and were drawn to Liberty’s curved lines and softer shape” says Stakemann.

Bathroom design and build: South Haven Builders Design: The C’Vion Company, Calvin Watt (principal designer)

Hydro Systems’ versatile collection of Hydro Systems’ freestanding tubs gives designers myriad styles for achieving their goals in the bath space. In addition to exquisite aesthetics, these tubs provide wellness-enhancing hydrotherapy that transforms daily routines beyond the ordinary.