The refined craft and relaxed charm of this lake house, designed by Birmingham architect Bill Ingram, sets a new standard for timeless Southern style.
Great architects give an old-home gravitas to their work. To replicate the way a historic house shows its lineage, Bill devised a plan that is non-formulaic. He constructed shingle-sided wings off the central stone structure to emulate a house's natural building evolution. Thick stone and textured shingles give it the heft and permanence of a much older structure. "It looks like a historic country house, yet it's new!" says Executive Editor Jessica Thuston.