Dogtrot at Stony Point

Charlottesville, Virginia
Location
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • The clients, a professor and a human rights activist, were searching for a modern architect in the Richmond VA region and selected HEDS to design their new home. Removed from city noise, the wooded site offers a chance to enjoy the seasons, to breathe, and to think. Initially, the clients imagined a series of pavilions threaded through the woods and connected by covered walkways. As the project evolved, the architect developed a modern interpretation of the southern “dogtrot” house with a covered terrace between the public and private sides of the house. The “dogtrot” is believed to have originated in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

    All the public areas, including the living, dining area and kitchen are housed together in the eastern wing of the house. On the ground level of the western wing are the studio office and master bedroom. On the lower level are three bedrooms that are partially embedded in the sloping hillside.

    The clients spend much of their time in the breezeway and eat most of their meals there from spring to late fall.

    The front facade is a battered wall with dark stained poplar. This wall tilts into the roof with an opening for the breezeway or modern dogtrot. This is the north side of the house and consistent with passive solar strategies, windows are smaller. The opposing wall or south side has ample windows and daylight with deep overhangs to protect from the summer sun.

    Green Design specific to the Charlottesville | Richmond Region
    The passive solar design of the house is but one of the many green strategies the architects have incorporated. Cooling through natural ventilation is also a key goal and the breezeway, in addition to its other benefits, cools air that is then drawn into the spaces through adjacent operable windows. There is also a series of low operable windows along the southern façade and high windows on the northern side that provide a strong cross-ventilation throughout.

    A geo-thermal system provides heat for the radiant floors on both levels, which further reduces the amount of energy demand for the house.

    The landscape is designed to create a light buffer between the forest and the house, and intended to minimize maintenance. A large flowering meadow wraps around the house with a smaller grass terrace immediately to the south. There is a concrete court, which connects the terrace to the modern dogtrot.

    The client wished to have a house with which to revel in the woods around them and enjoy the seasonal variations of the Virginia climate. The house is designed to wed their daily routines with many layers of connections to their surroundings.

    The architects were joined by Siteworks Studio for the design of the landscape and Curry & Assocs. for the structural engineering. Peter Johnson Builders were the general contractors.

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    Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Trees, Grass, and Flowers. Removed from city noise, the wooded site offers a chance to enjoy the seasons, to breathe, and to think. Photo  of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    Removed from city noise, the wooded site offers a chance to enjoy the seasons, to breathe, and to think.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Slope, Woodland, Field, Front Yard, Trees, Grass, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. HEDS developed a modern interpretation of the southern “dogtrot” house with a covered terrace between the public and private sides of the house.   Photo 2 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    HEDS developed a modern interpretation of the southern “dogtrot” house with a covered terrace between the public and private sides of the house.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Trees, and Grass. Consistent to passive solar design, windows on the north battered wall are smaller.  Photo 3 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    Consistent to passive solar design, windows on the north battered wall are smaller.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Slope, Side Yard, Woodland, Field, Grass, Trees, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. Consistent to passive solar design, windows are larger and shaded by overhangs on the south facade. Photo 4 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    Consistent to passive solar design, windows are larger and shaded by overhangs on the south facade.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Back Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. The “dogtrot” is believed to have originated in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Photo 5 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    The “dogtrot” is believed to have originated in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Grass, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. All the public areas, including the living, dining area and kitchen are housed together in the eastern wing of the house. On the ground level of the western wing are the studio office and master bedroom.  On the lower level are three bedrooms that are partially embedded in the sloping hillside. Photo 6 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    All the public areas, including the living, dining area and kitchen are housed together in the eastern wing of the house. On the ground level of the western wing are the studio office and master bedroom. On the lower level are three bedrooms that are partially embedded in the sloping hillside.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. The concrete terrace provides a cool setting for evening meals and relaxation. Photo 7 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    The concrete terrace provides a cool setting for evening meals and relaxation.

    Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sectional, End Tables, Console Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Standard Layout Fireplace. The open plan public rooms (living, dining and kitchen) are connected to the private wing by the covered (dogtrot) terrace. Photo 8 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    The open plan public rooms (living, dining and kitchen) are connected to the private wing by the covered (dogtrot) terrace.

    Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Floor, Wood Cabinet, Stone Counter, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Undermount Sink, and Cooktops. High mechanically operated clerestory windows provide cross ventilation. Photo 9 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    High mechanically operated clerestory windows provide cross ventilation.

    Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Granite Counter, Concrete Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Dishwasher, and Undermount Sink. The battered north wall adds interest to the simple kitchen design. Photo 10 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    The battered north wall adds interest to the simple kitchen design.

    Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Sectional, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The living room looks onto the dogtrot. Photo 11 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    The living room looks onto the dogtrot.

    Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, Ceramic Tile Floor, Vessel Sink, Drop In Tub, Whirlpool Tub, Enclosed Shower, Soaking Tub, Wall Lighting, and Ceramic Tile Wall. Stone sinks at the master bath. Photo 12 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    Stone sinks at the master bath.

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Bookcase, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The master bedroom enjoys south facing windows. Photo 13 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    The master bedroom enjoys south facing windows.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Grass, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. Evening view.  The owner co-habitate with turkey, fox and other wildlife which they enjoy from the dogtrot terrace. Photo 14 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    Evening view. The owner co-habitate with turkey, fox and other wildlife which they enjoy from the dogtrot terrace.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Back Yard, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. View of dogtrot. Photo 15 of Dogtrot at Stony Point

    View of dogtrot.

    Main Floor Plan Photo 16 of Dogtrot at Stony Point modern home

    Main Floor Plan