Arkansas’ best known political cartoonist, the late George Fisher, referred to this project site as his “Bird Sanctuary.” Located at the end of a residential street and inhabited with bluejays, cardinals, scarlet tangers, a hawk and pileated Woodpeckers, this rocky terrain slopes 33 feet to a running creek, close to the home of a family of groundhogs. The client wanted a 3,300-square-foot house within this sanctuary. Not wanting to disrupt the site, the house was designed as a simple rectangle, 22′-0″ x 56′-0″ in size, tucked between the easements and setbacks. The house is clad in standing seam metal panels, a low-maintenance and green product, and incorporates low-VOC paint, bamboo flooring, dual-flush toilets, double-insulated windows, Energy Star-rated appliances and instant hot water heaters, but most importantly, is sited correctly on the land to take advantage of the natural elements without disturbing the environment.
Arkansas Life, “A Well-Laid Plan” by Nancy Elizabeth Dement, September 2010
Arkansas Green Guide, “Inside a Green Home” by Mark Hengel, 2009
New Home, “Sleek and Modern Place to Dwell,” Winter 2008