Idea Home

Pinewood Forest has teamed up with Atlanta Homes Magazine, Lew Oliver, Redwood Builders, and two handfuls of interior designers to bring you the freshest in home design and innovation. Tours will be open the next few weekends and proceeds benefit The Forest School.

DATES September 15 – October 7, 2018

HOURS Fridays:  5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays:  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION The Forest School, a 21st– century micro-school with learner-driven technology, hands-on projects, and real-world apprenticeships in an intentionally diverse and character-forging community. All proceeds from the Idea Home will fund student scholarships.

The Forest School, which serves learners in grades 1-12, is a part of a growing network of Acton Academy Schools worldwide that are building on the success of the original Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. The school has a unique and empowering approach to learning, with ‘Socratic Guides’ rather than teachers, mixed-age studios rather than classrooms, portfolios and exhibitions rather than grades, contracts and covenants rather than rules, e-learning and apprenticeships rather than lectures, and no homework. The school’s mission is that each person who enters it will find a calling that changes the world.

The Forest School, co-founded by Tyler and Joy Thigpen, is in the Pinewood Forest community and will serve elementary and middle school students this year. It is now accepting applications for its high school, which launches fall 2019.

  Redwood Home Builders is the award-winning builder of the Pinewood Forest Idea House and one of only four custom home builders selected to build homes in the Pinewood Forest community. The Atlanta-based company specializes in constructing sustainable houses that combine timeless details with cutting-edge technology, such as geothermal energy, solar power, and smart home systems.

Jason Morris and Danny Bonner, both third-generation builders, are partners in Redwood Home Builders. They work with the area’s top architects, interior designers, and subcontractors to create unique spaces that complement homeowners’ lifestyles. Their collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence have made the company a leader in the Atlanta home building market.

Redwood Home Builders was the recipient of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) ‘Contractor of the Year’ Award in 2016, and its projects have been featured on home tours and in a number of local and regional magazines. The company is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

Learn more about Redwood Home Builders here.

ABOUT THE TOWN PLANNER & RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER:  Lew Oliver is the town planner for the Pinewood Forest development and the designer of the Pinewood Forest Idea House. A pioneer of New Urbanism, he has been creating sustainable communities and environmentally friendly homes for more than 25 years.

Among his many achievements, Oliver designed the first EarthCraft national show house in the late 1980s and Coastal Living Magazine’s ‘Ultimate Beach House’ in 2010 and 2012. He also has collaborated with the international architecture and urban planning firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company on more than 40 projects spanning four continents. Locally, he is known for his work on a number of high-profile developments, including Avalon, Serenbe, and Vickery Village.

Oliver has received three ‘Best in American Living’ Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious residential design honors, and nine OBIE Awards, which recognize excellence in new home construction. His work has been featured in dozens of publications, including New Urban News, Traditional Home, and The Wall Street Journal.

Learn more about Lew Oliver here.


Breckyn Alexander, Dana Lynch Design, Elle + Vreeland Design House, Monica Stewart, Sherry Hart, Jason Mitchell, Julie Holloway, Nikie Barfield 

Learn more about the designers here.