House VII - New Residence Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill, Georgia

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Description: This new residence located a few miles south of Savannah, GA on property of the historic Ford Plantation, was designed by Piper-Wind Architects to be reminiscent of traditional Low Country homes that may have lined area streams and estuaries of Georgia's coastal landscape.

The house plan recalls 18th century models with a central structure (for this project the central building houses the main gathering areas including the kitchen, dining and hearth room - with a guest bedroom loft on the upper level) connected to outlying "cottages" (master suite cottage to the south of the central building, and guest cottage to the north of the central building) by an enclosed hallway and an open air covered walkway. The ensemble is tied together by a series of porches that offer views to Lake Sterling. The result is a collection of buildings that appear to have evolved over centuries... as if they were added onto by subsequent generations of the original Owner. In addition, a carriage house is being contemplated as a future structure along the north side of the property.

The facade designs project a modest cottage appearance and is articulated with extensive porches, large banks of windows on the lake side, wood lap siding, and metal roofing.

Interior Design: Suzanne Rester Watson, Grayton Beach, FL & Oliver Carter, Atlanta, GA

General Contractor: J T Turner Construction Company, Savannah, GA