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New Craftsman Plans by Oakhurst

New Craftsman Plans by Oakhurst
Three-story house by architect Ian Hoffman is designed to take a
Craftsman-inspired home designs by architect Ian Hoffman -- his firm is called Oakhurst -- are the latest additions to the Houseplans Signature Plans Collection. Ian is a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama and its acclaimed "Rural Studio" program, where architecture students design homes for some of the poorest regions of the state and then get invaluable experience building them. He says: "While some other architecture schools might try to push the limits of what's possible with new technologies, we focused on improving what's practical with new technologies." He spent a semester in Rome, where  he "gained an admiration for classical architecture, historic buildings, and how modern life adapts and changes architecture to meet the current needs. At Rural Studio, I learned a lot of practical knowledge about construction, but more importantly learned the value of community, giving back, and team work."

As a child he spent holiday weekends in the Florida Panhandle around the famous New Urbanist communities of Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and WaterColor, with their eclectic, porch-oriented houses and bungalows -- which find echoes in his current work. As a fan of the residential work of established firms like McAlpine Tankersley Architecture of Montgomery, Alabama, and Summerour and Associates Architects, of Atlanta, his goal is to find a way to make that same high-level of design available to a wider audience. Ian lives in Atlanta and is a frequent runner, and does "a lot of thinking and absorbing context by running through the neighborhoods all around the city."

You can see that sense of curiosity and commitment in Plan 926-3, shown at the top of this post 

and in the side view along the driveway, here. This plan suits a steep, narrow site and has a separate apartment on the bottom floor beside the garage for in-laws or renters. The main level opening off the street 

includes the master suite and the open kitchen-living area, which share a double-sided fireplace. Upstairs are the children's bedrooms -- each on a corner, which means they are flooded 

with light from two sides. They share a Jack-and Jill bath. The open living area and kitchen is two stories high.

Ian's Plan 926-2 reinvents the classic "Shotgun Bungalow" for modern living -- somewhat
abstracted and simplified with elegantly tapered columns across the front porch and a 

crisply outlined hip roof. The deck at the back provides extra outdoor loving space. The interior 

provides a well orchestrated sequence of spaces, from public at the front to the more private at the back. The shotgun name comes from the linear arrangement and has a long history in rural architecture. It's a very efficient plan for a long narrow lot and is especially appropriate for infill sites in established neighborhoods. 

Welcome aboard, Ian!

To run past more of Ian's work (so to speak) click here.

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