Southern Living Home Awards
Best New Home
The refined craft and relaxed charm of this lake house, designed by Birmingham architect Bill Ingram, sets a new standard for timeless Southern style.
The House at a GlanceLocation: Lake Martin, Alabama
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."