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.


Additional Information

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



Lang Architecture
285 West Broadway, Suite 300
New York, NY 10013
p. 212 233 9187
f. 212 658 9023


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Drew Lang, RA – Principal
Grant Scott, RA – Project Architect
Jordi Biosca – Designer


Interior designer:

John Derian



Structural – POE Engineering


General contractor:

Spring Construction Group



Jean Allsopp  -  205 447 9477



Landscape: Loch Collective

Other: Brand Consultant – Studio Sanderson

Brand Strategist – Brittain Stone

Communications Director – Sonia Thompson



Structural System

Concrete piers, wood framing and ZIP Panel, galvanized steel outdoor structural elements

Exterior Cladding

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


Locksets: Hoppe

Pulls: Cabinetry pulls - Sun Valley Bronze

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom - Matt and Otto

Paints and stains: Paints - Farrow and Ball
Wood stains/Oils - Watco Danish Oils / Penofin

Paneling: White oak wood flooring - The Greer Company
Cedar wall paneling - Spring Construction Group
Douglas fir wall paneling - Spring Construction Group

Solid surfacing: Pietra cardosa counter tops - J&M

Floor and wall tile: Porcelain tile (bathroom floor and wall) - Walker Zanger
Ceramic tile (kitchen backsplash) - Heath Ceramics


Miscellaneous furniture: John Derian


Interior ambient lighting: Apparatus Studio
Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron Maestro