Located on an approximately 1.43 acre site northwest of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Dog[wood]trot House makes full use of a sloped lot to create an intimate and modern floor plan. Devised as two embedded wings spanned by a playful wooden structure, the house is simply rendered in wood and brick with naturally-lit interiors.
The first wing holds the master suite and public spaces, such as living, dining and kitchen, and benefits greatly from site’s wooded surroundings and expansive views. The kitchen, the hub of family life, serves as the landing point for the central stair, where the children’s wing, master wing, entry, and interior and exterior living spaces converge. Large accordion-style doors open the living space to the covered courtyard, garden, and game room to create a dynamic indoor/outdoor space for entertaining guests.
The second wing contains the garage, service area and game room, leaving the third wing to house the children’s bedrooms and study area amongst the exposed trusses of the wooden rain screen. This formal “bridge” spans the two brick masses embedded in the site and to create a comfortably shaded exterior space below. Designed to funnel prevailing western breezes into the space and frame views to the wooded ravine beyond, the wooden underbelly of the bridge also serves as the backdrop for a ‘constellation’ pattern of LED lights, to the delight of evening visitors.