We are a residential design-build team of architects, interior designers and contractors located in Atlanta, GA and Ridgewood, NJ.
Friends since their days at architecture school and longtime design collaborators, Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson and Luly Bestard-Melarti quickly recognized a niche in the residential design and construction world. They set out to capture that niche by creating a design-build studio where the architects, the interior designers and the contractors work under one roof, share a unified design vision, a common budget, and operate under one single-point of contact. This team approach creates a homeowner experience that is uniquely simple and stress-free. From this vision of white-glove service to the homeowner, and design-centered construction, Terracotta was born in 2005.
With Ili managing design operations in Atlanta and Luly managing all work in New Jersey, their clients span from Maine to Florida and the Caribbean. Their design-savvy approach is rounded out by seasoned builder Maurie Hullender, who joined the team at inception and oversees all construction functions along with Scott Madsen. Among the many things that set them apart is the fact that Terracotta recognizes the intimate nature of their work. In their words –
“We create spaces where families’ lives unfold. This is no small task.”
This keen awareness of their clients’ needs led to clear business philosophy early on and is still the benchmark of their success. In their search to seamlessly integrate architecture, interiors and construction methods, they shaped the ultimate luxury – the custom tailored home.
We believe that people don't necessarily need bigger houses, but certainly deserve better homes.