The refined craft and relaxed charm of this lake house, designed by Birmingham architect Bill Ingram, sets a new standard for timeless Southern style.
Bill tucked 5,000 square feet into three multidimensional sections: a gambrel-roofed main portion, four corner pavilions, and a rambling forward wing. "Breaking up the house into a series of small masses keeps the building from having any sense of pretentiousness," says Betty Dowling. In contrast with the more modest front, Bill designed an expansive, window-filled rear that faces the lake. Lindsay Bierman says, "The house makes a grand gesture to the view without showing off to the street."