With a rambling layout and varying rooflines, this Alabama home by architect Jeff Dungan looks like it evolved over time
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Alabama Ranch House Remodel
A small, bare-bones bunk-house was all Beth and David Marsh needed when they bought their rural Alabama property. But as they were able to be at the farm for longer visits and their children grew, it was time for their little house to grow as well.
Location: Lowndesboro, Alabama
Who lives here: Beth and David Marsh and their family
Site: 2,911 square feet, plus 1,710 square feet of covered porches
Exterior: Stained cedar
Roof: Cedar shake
Stone: Handpicked fieldstone
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See how Jeff thoughtfully grew the Marshes' farmhouse by surrounding the existing structure with a series of separate spaces.
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Importance of the Porches
Porches surround nearly 80% of the house, serving as thoroughfares as well as destinations. On one end, a large new screened porch is the family's main hangout space, while on the other end, a new master wing (complete with a shuttered porch) offers a private retreat. In the back is a light-filled new kitchen, and in the middle is the reproportioned original living room. "If you look, that little house is still there," says Jeff. "We simply reskinned it and extended the porches to make it all connect."
On the side porch, three rails of wood wrap the cozy screened porch, mimicking the fencing on the farm.
Inspired by… Fashion. It sometimes takes awhile, but it always trickles down into interiors and architecture—eventually.
What makes a new house old? I am always trying to make our work appear to be ancient. Through using different types of old details, we prematurely age our designs with the patina of the classics.
The most commonly overlooked detail: The roof. Perhaps half the exterior is dedicated to the protection of the house from the rain, snow, and sun, yet little thought is given to the sculpting of the crown of the home.