St. John Residence
The house is distinctive in that it acknowledges the plain style southern vernacular farmhouse roots of the older, utilitarian structures in the area and interprets them in a very modern way. The transecting circulation corridor is an adaptation of the vernacular dog-trot style house formerly so common in the south. The house represents a true southern style in its recognition of climate, site, vernacular heritage and honest, direct use of materials and systems.
The linear form allows the house to be well ventilated thus maximizing enjoyment of the seasons. The open, airy and light living/kitchen/dining area is the heart of the house and all indoor and outdoor spaces extend from this area. The bath/storage/utility core with interior clerestory is a "house within a house" in the gabled, sky-lighted high-ceilinged interior of the main shed.