Collection by Chris Tackett

Mississippi Queen

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When architect Brett Nave and his partner, architect Kelley Bishiop, began developing the Heron Park neighborhood in the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, they managed to lay 1,200 feet of road through a forest and pecan orchard while only removing six trees. And when he set out the floor plan for A3, the home he and his wife, Kelley, and two kids now live in, instead of following the common practice of clearing the lot, completing the structure and landscaping after completing construction, he sited A3 to fit snugly into the lot in order to remove only three additional trees. Nave even pre-designed each of his 21 lots in the same way to minimize tree loss and maximize shading and breezes. These sustainability minded decisions to conserve trees and use narrower roads cost more money and take more time, but the added expense is worth it, Nave says.

Nave recalls potential buyers remarking on how most homes for sale in Ocean Springs are either historic homes—often...
“When we put the roads in we had to go through all sorts of dealings with public works, but the planning commission,...
In addition to the shade from the nearby trees, the house stays cool with the help of Zero VOC closed cell foam in the...
The woods and careful siting on each lot create a feeling of peaceful seclusion, but those trees also play an important...
“In the main hangout—our kitchen, living, and dining area—it's a big open space and there's a screened porch out back...
In addition to a wife and two kids, A3 is home to Sam the dog, Skippy John Jones the cat and two mallards, Budreaux and...
Adding to this visual effect are the rich woods of the FSC walnut cabinets and Engineered Bamboo Nave used throughout...
Matching Nave's minimalist style are two oils by Austin, Texas artist, Meredith Pardue, which add simple color to the...
Eco-friendly features include on-demand hot water, dual flush toilets and low flow faucets in the sinks and shower/tub.
Nave's firm, Studio.BNA Architects didn't just design this beautiful home, he and his team built it, as well.
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