When I saw this house featured in Southern Living magazine, it looked like the perfect place to spend a summer vacation. I feel more relaxed just looking at it! Homeowners Patricia and Geordie Cole chose a traditional “Dogtrot” floor plan for their new home, which was designed to keep things cool on hot South Carolina afternoons.
Love the big front porch. Instead of a typical front door, a series of folding glass ones across the entry fold open to let the breezes flow through:
I like the idea of opening up the house like this, but wouldn’t it get a little buggy without screens or anything? UPDATE: There is a retractable screen that pulls down from the top of the door, so no worries on that front. (Thanks, Jane!)
“One of the more ingenious methods of cooling in the days before air conditioning, the Dogtrot house originated in the southern Appalachian Mountain region. It is distinguished by an open breezeway that extends through the center of the house, off of which open the rooms. With this design, cooling breezes flow through the open core and into the rooms where windows on the exterior walls create cross-ventilation.”
Patricia ordered custom blackboard panels for the refrigerator. The range is from La Cornue.
Like it? Visit Southern Living to read the article by Mary Katherine Quinlan and see the rest of the photos by Helen Norman. You can see the floorplan on the Frederick + Frederick Architects website. (Thanks to Kim for telling me about it!)
P.S. Another House I Wouldn’t Mind Spending the Summer In…