When Opposites Attract... Beautiful Things Can Happen

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At the base of a two-story circular staircase in Mark and Barbra Klein’s new home a hand-crafted compass is built into the tile. Its points align with the four cardinal directions.

There were other considerations, of course. The compass is symbolic in that it depicts the keen sense of singular direction a couple can have despite approaching life’s many decisions from somewhat different angles.

The Klein’s are opposite in some regards, but their enduring marriage is testimony to the attraction opposites can have. Their new home is further testimony to their ability to create something beautiful together.

Even the decision to build, rather than buy, was not mutual… at least not at first. It was 2011 and Mark’s retirement was on the horizon. They drove to the Upstate from Atlanta three times, eventually agreeing they preferred the self-contained nature of The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

“I saw a home that was furnished and all I wanted to do was hire a decorator and move in,” Barbara recalled. “Mark wanted to look at lots.” “When we got up on this hill and saw the view,” Mark added, “I said, ‘We can do this’.” “I said, ‘I’m not going to help’,” Barbra laughed, recalling a vow she made but never intended to keep.

With the decision to build made, the couple sat down with architect Brad Wright of Wright Design in Greenville and outlined their basic requirements.

Written by Brett McLaughlin
Photography by Rebecca Lehde, Inspiro 8 Studios