Designed as a vacation cottage for golfers, this versatile home skillfully blends old and new.
Cottage Style
The house is roomy and well-equipped, yet it maintains a modest exterior.
| Credit: Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Buffy Hargett

Owners Andrew D. Lee of Harvard, Massachusetts, and Robert C. Curtin of New York City wanted an informal vacation cottage in a woodland setting. Borrowing vertical proportions and imaginative use of wood from the Carpenter Gothic style, residential designers Jim Strickland, Terry Pylant, Zhi Feng, and the late Philip Windsor of Historical Concepts in Peachtree City, Georgia, created a plan that provides four complete yet separate guest suites, all with easy access to common living spaces.

Wood Works

Details such as wood columns and latticework appear both inside the house and on the exterior. The family room features a poplar ceiling and walls as well as heart-pine floors. Three sets of 9-foot-tall French doors open to the screened porch.

Side Effects

Ample primary bedroom suites lie on either side of the family room. Transom windows were used on the exterior side walls of both the bedrooms and baths. Terry says, "The transom windows were an opportunity to gain light and maintain privacy." On the second floor, two additional bedroom suites are tucked under the eaves.

When the vacation's over, visiting golfers will remember their rounds at one of South Carolina's outstanding courses, and they'll take home award-winning design ideas as well.

Why It Won

"The exactness of the plan and the strength of its form make this house not just a repetition of an old architectural style, but rather a development of something quite new."

Taylor Dawson,

architect, Birmingham