home is located on Lake Chatuge, which straddles the North Carolina-Georgia state line. The exterior of the structure
is inspired by the verticality of the surrounding trees and the interior provides a restful environment from which the outdoors
can be enjoyed.
The design of the home considers the Dogtrot house, a vernacular dwelling from the Southern U.S.
which historically consists of two cabins (one for cooking and dining and the other for bedrooms) with a breezeway between
them. The combination of the breezeway and operable windows create air currents which pull cooler outside air
into the living quarters. For the Dogtrot Update: Vertical, each of the main spaces of the home – Kitchen,
Art Studio, Bedroom, and Office – are stacked in section rather than sprawling in plan. This allows the nearly
1600 square feet of interior space and an additional 800 square feet of exterior decks to take up only a 650 square foot footprint.
Open riser alternating stairs permit views and breezes at a reduced footprint than typical.
canopy of leaves provides the initial shelter from the sun. The major passive energy strategy for the home is
the use of Trombe walls. The void created between the corrugated glass (which helps to enhance the verticality of the
design and also references the corrugated metal roofs of local vernacular buildings) and the concrete structure of the building
itself is used to help with heating and cooling.
The interior of the home is designed to be simple, open, and clean.
The first level is accessed via a bridge which enters onto a porch extending the entire length of the house.
second level is a loft studio space open to the Living Room below. The north wall opens completely onto a deck, doubling
the amount of work space. A daybed is built-in for daytime relaxing or overnight guests. A full bathroom and storage
space are hidden behind a wall clad in reclaimed wood.
Level three is completely open-air, inspired directly by the breezeways
of the Dogtrot house. This affords spectacular views of the surroundings as well as visual connection to decks on levels
The Master Suite Level features a large deck, clothes closet, laundry closet, and full, spa-like
bathroom. Aligned windows and doors not only allow breezes to flow through but also frame views to the exterior.
top floor is the office and library. Built-in shelves are designed to be consistent with the vertical theme. Another
daybed, full bathroom, and sliding screens to close off the view to the Master Bedroom allow this room to also be used by
The Dogtrot Update: Vertical project was included in the SITE UNSEEN exhibit at the Spruill Gallery in Dunwood, Georgia
from June 10 to July 23, 2011. A review of the exhibit by Catherine Fox of the Atlanta Journal Constitution can
be seen here: