Marcus Dipietro
Rakks Shelving Plays a Supporting Role in his One Man Show

by Rakks | December 5th, 2013

Haiku on a Hill
Haiku on a Hill: Oak Hill residence in Nashville, TN

Architect Marcus Dipietro specializes in distinctive residential projects that blend traditional materials and modern design. As a sole practicing architect, he fully embraces solutions that simplify the planning and implementation process. When Marcus noticed the smooth anodized aluminum finish on Rakks shelving and realized the ease of specifying and installing Rakks products, he began to incorporate them into projects. His Modern Oak Hill residence project in Nashville includes several Rakks installations and shows how Rakks products are highly adaptable in their ability to seamlessly work in both modern and traditional spaces.

Oak Hill Residence Interior
Interior: Oak Hill Residence

In his Oak Hill residence project, the homeowners desired a spacious, modern home in a traditional Nashville neighborhood. The husband and wife wanted a simple, unfettered life while at home with their two children. Working within the confines of the old ranch foundation, Dipietro created a spacious, modern home that spills natural light and takes advantage of the surrounding views.

Dipietro has used Rakks for a few years in various residential installations for its simple, clean design and ability to “float” objects on the wall. With Rakks ease of installation, he is able to mount the Rakks shelving on site, eliminating the need for custom millwork.

Rakks Shelving
Rakks Pole Mounted Shelving in Oak Hill Residence

Looking to create a dressing room space extending from the master suite, Dipietro installed Rakks pole mounted shelving to open the space using L-Brackets tied to the supporting wall with mitered tie-pole and anchor brackets. Custom cabinets built into the systems offer storage options in addition to the display shelves. Rakks is installed throughout the house in the kids’ closets and coat closet featuring quarter sawn, oak-finished display shelves.

Marcus is particularly drawn to the anodized aluminum finish on the Rakks systems. He says, “The Rakks anodized aluminum finish resembles the quietness of stainless steel. It’s smooth to the touch and looks great on the wall. I never have to worry about it fitting into a space because it really goes with everything.”

Rakks anodized aluminum shelving
Rakks anodized aluminum finish

Upon the project’s completion, Marcus received one of the greatest compliments from the homeowner: “The home has this amazing effect where I don’t want to leave it in the morning and I can’t wait to get home at the end of the day.” As Marcus continues on with his residential projects, he will continue to rely on Rakks shelving to bring a satisfied smile to his clients. 

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