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Creole House on Tennessee River

A family whose roots are in Southern Louisiana desired a home on the water that reflects the long tradition of French-influenced design built with native materials. The home, with its surroundings and secondary buildings, is an interpretation of early plantation design that has been adapted to the humid and windy waterfront environment through its use of low volumes with deep overhangs. There are three main volumes whose U- shape forms an interior courtyard. Each wing boasts authentic Creole detailing, hand-crafted rafter tails, and a variety of materials including old reclaimed brick and hand-applied stucco that adds texture and craftsmanship. These details animate the simple language of the design. Each wing of the house (one public, one private, and one a woodshop for the owner) overlooks the central courtyard on one side and has views out to Lake Wilson on the other, more private side. The homeowners frequently entertain and have overnight guests in town. The design graciously accommodates each guest with a sense of privacy and environment as each room has outdoor porches and private living areas. The public wing is flanked by deep porches on either side which promote outdoor entertaining or serve as a quiet, reflective area, and provide Southern sensibility as places to cool off from the breezes of the water.

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Team Members:
Contractor: Mike Mitchell
Landscape Architect: Baasch Landscape Architect