James B. (Jim) Chapman
Jim Chapman Communities
Realtor/ Interior Designer:
Tiny House Atlanta
Award winning designer, Mary Bairstow joined forces with Keller Williams Atlanta Midtown to provide both the customary realtor services along with the designer touch.
Working with Jim Chapman Fine Homes as their designer for the Fine Homes Division, Mary starts from the ground up with the architects, project managers and vendors to provide the selections for the homes. Her award winning work includes homes in the One River Place Manor Homes and Brownstones. She is responsible for the models used in these developments as well as staging homes for quick sale.
Mary’s design philosophy is that a home should be more than bricks and mortar, but a place of memories and family. Her homes spark a comfortable yet sophisticated, urban lifestyle fit for homeowners of all ages.
As a REALTOR, Mary has worked with the best firms in Atlanta through a career that began in 1986. Now as a member of the Follow Brightstar team at Keller Williams Atlanta Midtown, she works primarily in new construction.
Will Johnston, an energetic force, is bringing Micro Living to Atlanta. Two years ago, Johnston quit his corporate job to travel to New Zealand working on vineyards and backpacking the South Island. There, he discovered a new way to live in a minimalist and experiential fashion. Returning to Atlanta he picked up on the Tiny House Movement and has not looked back. He founded the MicroLife Institute (formerly know as Tiny House Atlanta), a non-profit dedicated to growing the advocacy and education about the tiny house movement and what it could do for the south and Atlanta. He grew his monthly Meetup group to 1000 people in 18 months, and now has over 2000 members and is the largest tiny house group in the nation. Tiny House Atlanta holds monthly educational and advocacy meetings, orchestrated the first annual Decatur Tiny House Festival, and is involved in the City of Atlanta's Tiny House Feasibility Study. Johnston has presented to SCAD Atlanta, GSU, HOA’s and other community groups on the premise of what the Tiny House Movement could mean for the area and why it appeals to so many people.
JIM CHAPMAN, JR.
Jim Chapman, an Atlanta native and graduate of The Westminster Schools, is a homebuilding veteran who started his own custom homebuilding firm, Jim Chapman Fine Homes, in 1998 after earning an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1996. From 1998 through 2005 his firm primarily built custom homes in Buckhead, Alpharetta and Highlands, NC. In 2005 he began to also build and develop an active adult portfolio under the brand of Jim Chapman Communities which has now become synonymous with high quality single level living. Currently, he is building under both his Jim Chapman Fine Homes brand and his Jim Chapman Communities brand throughout Buckhead, VInings, Cobb, Forsyth, Fulton, Paulding and Douglas counties. His portfolio will close over 125 homes in 2014. His design and architect ural flair is heavily influenced by his design partner, mentor and father, Jim Chapman Sr. who is a well-known Atlanta architect.
Jim remains active in his church at Northside Methodist and he and his wife Katherine make their home in Atlanta and have two children, Mimi and JB
Through a serendipitous meeting with Mary Bairstow, Kim Bucciero and Will Johnston, the concept of actually building an eco-cottage community took root. Interestingly it was on the plate with Mary and Jim Chapman. Following a series of meetings, the team realized that we had found a group of like- minded individuals who offered the perfect combination of talents to begin work on the Eco Cottages at East Point. Their hope is to bring a prototype tiny home community that can be utilized in municipalities over the state.
Kim Bucciero is an entrepreneur who has worked in the real estate and telecommunications fields for almost fifteen years. Kim brings to a variety of experience to the development, including zoning, permitting and code expertise which is crucial to make Tiny Houses possible. After the success of selling her last company left her unfulfilled and wanting more out of life, she realized that workaholism to support a stereotypical American lifestyle with a full size home and physical possessions no longer served her. She took a spiritual journey to Indonesia where she lived with only the contents of a backpack for a month on an organic permaculture farm while studying yoga, and became even more dedicated to experiential living, and limiting the impact on the environment with tiny living and minimalism. She volunteers full-time for the MicroLife Institute. She is committed to helping make small houses an integral part of Atlanta's housing solution.
Jim’s resume also includes a host of industry leadership roles and responsibilities as follows:
• Founding Chairman of the ALL Home program, a voluntary statewide certification created by the Home Builders Association of Georgia to promote accessibility and universal design
• Appointed Chairman of the 50 Plus Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders for 2016
• Recently appointed to the Home Builders Association of Georgia’s Regulatory Affairs and Government Affairs Committees
• Current Board member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Atlanta 50 Plus Housing Council
• Only Georgian member of the elite Capitol Club of BUILD PAC - Builders United in Legislative Decisions Political Action Committee, the NHBA’s political arm
• Member of Certified Professional Home Builder - The Housing Institute’s program of self-imposed standards, far more rigid than state standards, to bring a much higher degree of professionalism and customer satisfaction to the home building industry
Jim is quickly becoming renowned throughout the state and the nation as a leading expert in active adult community and luxury
custom home building and development.