2008 North Alabama Chapter, American Institute of Architects Design Awards Honor Award for Bird House. 2008 The Brick Industry, Southeast Region Design Awards with Brick Awards Merit Award for Bird House. 2010 Alabama Council, American Institute of Architects Design Awards Merit Award for Bird House
Challenges to be addressed within the context of a traditional neighborhood development included working with a small site, close proximity to the street and neighboring houses, services via an alley, and conformance with stylistic requirements of the development’s pattern book.
The house resides within the context of others sporting styles common to the region. The style of this house is classical vernacular and resembles a farmhouse in many respects - simple massing, sparse ornamentation, and use of indigenous materials. The house features a wraparound porch, is clad in painted white brick, and capped with a galvanized 5V metal roof.
Contrasting with the classical vernacular envelope are thoroughly contemporary interiors. Rooms are defined by changes in the floor and ceiling planes as well as with walls. Light penetrates the house through various sizes and expanses of windows and doors.
The kitchen and master bedroom have glass “walls” which open to a covered porch leading to the courtyard. Built-in bookshelves flank the fireplace and are inserted in slots in the foyer and master bedroom. The typical dining room is usurped by a built-in banquette. The floors change from bamboo, to stained concrete, to carpet, to cork. Birch cabinets are topped with granite and flanked by stainless steel splashes. A brick wall spans between the garage and the house to create a courtyard. The privacy of the courtyard provides retreat in the densely populated neighborhood. Large pavers extend from the patio to the parking area. Container plants transition to bedded plants, planters and lawn.