Historical details meet up-to-date amenities in this classic design.
1 of 3Southern Living
Why We Love It
This house draws on the agricultural history of the South, and it illustrates that story in an architectural way that works for urban living. Referring to the sharp-lined Gothic farmhouse structure, architect Mitch Ginn says, “Every little town in the South seems to have one.” It’s such a familiar facade across the rural landscape as well as in the region’s suburban areas and cities. Picturesque details like the trio of steep gables, the wide front porch, clapboard siding, and bold millwork enhance the Southern Gothic character of the design and will stand out in today’s neighborhoods.
2 of 3Mitch Ginn
Size: 3,416 square feet Plan: #1921
All of that old-time charm doesn’t preclude modern customization. This house can be scaled up or down—ideal for families in flux. Although the plan comes as a four bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house, Ginn notes that with an optional bonus suite and a room in the basement, the structure could have six bedrooms plus attic space. The mud hall could be enlarged to become an office or a sunroom, and the original two-car garage could be expanded to three (and still remain hidden from street view). Best of all, the wraparound porch and open family room make it a natural spot for hosting parties.