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We are a residential design-build team of architects, interior designers and contractors located in Atlanta, Georgia


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.

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.


  • Have a winning team on your side: Our award-winning team is dedicated to creating custom-built homes, renovations and interiors that ensure a seamless integration of style, function and construction quality.
  • Avoid the hassle and the time drain of managing designers, permits and contractors: We provide single-source control of design and construction implementation, leveraged by our expertise and long-standing industry relationships.
  • Indulge in the luxury of a worry-free experience: We provide a unique white-glove approach that handles all aspects of architectural design, budgeting, construction, finish and product selection. We also provide furniture layout and procurement, for the ultimate worry-free experience.


  • Excellent design and quality construction are inseparable.
  • Every client is unique.
  • Every project is an opportunity to grow.
  • Creativity is a collaborative effort.
  • Great design exists within any budget.
  • Color is the spice of life.

We believe that people don't necessarily need bigger houses, but certainly deserve better homes.

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