Project size: 2,000 square feet
Program: This single-family residence was built as a turnkey home within a development near Oxford, Mississippi. The objective was to design a contemporary house that is integrated into the landscape and that features local and natural materials. Private bedroom wings are separated from a central living area, and adjacent outdoor spaces allow a close connection between house and landscape.
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Solution: The design reinterprets elements of traditional houses, such as the balconies and colonnades of antebellum residences, to create a modern-vernacular home that is integrated with its environment and attuned to local climate conditions. The house floats above the landscape on piers. A catwalk leads to a covered and compressed entry, which frames a view to the lake. The house is divided into three zones: the main living area, centrally located in the plan; the master bedroom wing, located across the main entry space of the home; and the guest room to the west, which is separated from the main volume and accessed via a screened porch area. The house’s layout was informed by carefully calibrated axes, set to guide residents throughout the interior, and frame views.
Construction and materials: Elevating the house on piers allowed for as little interference with the earth as possible. The exterior of the building is clad in locally-sourced cypress tongue-and-groove boards, and overlaid with vertical battens. The battens offer visual relief from the larger expanses of wall; their shadows give a sense of depth to the building’s skin. A simple material palette comprising cypress, Douglas fir, and galvanized metal, is inspired by rural building typologies.
Completion date: October 2017
Gross square footage: 2,000 square feet
Total project cost: $1.3M
Total construction cost: $780,000
Client: Splinter Creek Development Co.
Owner: Ellen and Eason Leake
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Drew Lang, RA – Principal
Structural – POE Engineering
Spring Construction Group
Jean Allsopp - 205 447 9477
Landscape: Loch Collective
Other: Brand Consultant – Studio Sanderson
Brand Strategist – Brittain Stone
Communications Director – Sonia Thompson
Concrete piers, wood framing and ZIP Panel, galvanized steel outdoor structural elements
Wood: Cypress – Follen Wood
Metal: Galvalum – Reed’s Metals
Wood frame: Cembra Inc.
Glass: Cembra Inc.
Entrances: Cembra Inc.
Wood doors: Custom - Matt and Otto
Pulls: Cabinetry pulls - Sun Valley Bronze
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom - Matt and Otto
Paints and stains: Paints - Farrow and Ball
Paneling: White oak wood flooring - The Greer Company
Solid surfacing: Pietra cardosa counter tops - J&M
Floor and wall tile: Porcelain tile (bathroom floor and wall) - Walker Zanger
Miscellaneous furniture: John Derian
Interior ambient lighting: Apparatus Studio