Orange Country, Virginia 2001

Located on a modest ridge in an open field of wild strawberries, this house is part of a three and a half acre parcel in the rolling hills just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.The owners sought to build a simple, unique house on an extremely limited budget.

The open plan combines the client’s affinity for the Southern vernacular dogtrot house prototype with a desire for natural day-lighting throughout.  The couple shared a respect for the landscape and was particularly interested in a shelter closely tied to the land.

This plan, inspired by local vernacular forms and materials, combined the client’s affinity for the prototypical  Southern dogtrot house with an expressed desire for day-lighting, mountain views and privacy. The heavy gauge galvalume sided structure was rapidly assembled using structural insulated panels bearing on glue-laminated beams and columns.