professional couple, nearing
retirement, wanted to build a second home on land they owned in Madison
The house was to serve as a
retreat from the rigors of daily life; a comfortable place, designed in
vernacular tradition, where they would spend time with their children,
grandchildren, and friends.
small break in the treeline
overlooking a gently rolling meadow along the main road provided a
location for this small house.
house design was based on the "dogtrot”
plan, a traditional southern house design
in which a central breezeway connects
two, flanking rooms under one roof. A
simple gable roof covers the house and a
generous porch runs the length of its north side, facing the meadow.
central dogtrot, which serves as the entrance, holds a foyer, stair and
area and is enclosed with operable glass window walls and doors at each
The rough, cedar
siding cladding the house’s exterior walls extends through the dogtrot.
glass walls maintain a visual opening through the house and allow
circulate through its interior, thus rendering in modern materials the
characteristics of the traditional dogtrot design. Living quarters
bathrooms, a study and kitchen) occupy the house’s east side while a
occupies all of the space west of the dogtrot. The central stair leads
play loft suspended above the dogtrot and a sleeping loft located above
living quarters. As the house’s chief living space, the great room is
generous. The vaulted ceiling extends over the great room from the
a large brick fireplace centers the room’s south wall. Warm, natural
floors, walls, and trim help create a simple, intimate interior