I Love to find patterns.  Patterns in the marketplace.  Patterns in emerging developments.  Patterns in people’s behaviors.  The crazy thing is though, so often I fail to see any of the patterns in my own life.  While driving from one project to another last week, I began to connect a few of the dots.  You see, I’ve never considered myself to be defined by one single architectural style.  In fact, I can find beauty in a home regardless of being a part of any particular vernacular.  I’ve adored some Greek Revivals.  Pined over the beach cottage bungalow.  Respected true southern estate homes.  And, revered the English Country Manor.  But lately, I find myself piling up a collection of similarly styled homes while trying to articulate my own future Dream Home.

Some of these you may recognize from previous posts.  Check out here, here and here.

McAlpine Tankersley Masterpiece

McAlpine Tankersly Masterpiece

Peter Block Beaut

 While these are relatively famous, there are others that consistently distract me as I shoot around town.

Brookhaven Baby!

Hidden on Blackland

Such Subtle Style

Now this one is quickly becoming my favorite.

So Perfectly Situated

A Pure Delight

 

Everything about this home is just simply comfortable.  I love the low roof lines, the beautifully shaped dormers, the offering of the shaded recesses, the strength and refinement of the masonry and the mixture of both colors and textures.  And then there’s the magnificent landscape…so well taken care of.  For me, the home states to the world that you’ve made it and yet you have the least little desire to flaunt it.   The whole ensemble makes me feel at ease. 

I think if you wanted to get technical, each of these homes would fall into the category of the French Country genre.  labeling them though, is not much of a concern to me.  What is of interest is that there is a common thread running through the entire collection.  It is the way they make me feel.  Perfectly at peace.  Now that’s how I want to spend my days.

All my Best,

Kyle

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8 Comments on “Which one would you pick?

  1. Lots of great houses here. I don’t know who the architect was for the Blackland house, but I know that it was built by Benecki. I bet Mr. Dooley will know the architect. He may have even built it.

    The house on Long Island was designed by Summerour and built by Benecki. A year or so ago it was foreclosed on and YM Derazi picked it up for a steal and cleaned it up and promptly sold it. I believe Peter Block then designed some renovations. So it has great pedigree.

    The common thread I’m seeing is stucco and a relaxed nature. I’m drawn to similar homes myself. The wood roofs also lend an air of casual sophistication.

  2. There is an early Summerour in my neck of the woods that you would like to see – it has the same look and feel as these houses. It is not far from the street, but it is designed to be embraced by the setting and has a very inward focus, so only a small view of the house can be seen. I just looked at it on Bing maps and was surprised to see a pool tucked to the side of the house.

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