Best New Home
Size: 5,000 square feet
Builder: TCC General Contractors, Alexander City, Alabama; tcccontractors.com
Exterior: Alabama natural stone and cedar shingles
Roof: Cedar shake
Window, door, and shutter fabrication: Custom, JP Millwork, Wetumpka, Alabama; jpmillwork.com
This house's balanced symmetry, one-story form, steeply pitched shake roof, and bookending chimneys were inspired by Early American Colonial architecture. From there, architect Bill Ingram tweaked the home to reflect his style with asymmetrical windows, swooping roof overhangs, and serpentine-shaped brackets. Editor Lindsay Bierman says, "I love Bill's synthesis of formal Classical symmetries and romantic, picturesque elements."
"I always design floor plans to pull visitors toward the daylight," says Bill. Here, the elevated entry and foyer give guests a straight view to the lake upon entering the front door. There are also three outdoor living spaces: a rear terrace, a screened side porch, and an open-air porch.
These cottage-style windows have a top sash that's shorter than the bottom—making them appear taller. Paneled shutters are outfitted with operable iron hardware.