Residential architecture firm Housing Design Matters found a quaint open lot in the town of Greenville, SC, but the infill presented several challenges: a narrow lot, an abundance of large trees in the rear, proximity to a busy thoroughfare, and needed approval from a historical review board. The house could only be 35-feet wide in order to fit the ribbon driveway to the rear, making the first floor’s design critically important. It features a primary bedroom, kitchen, cafe, and family room with a drop-off home entry zone and connected laundry room.
Three bedrooms, two baths and a large loft complete the second floor. The design of the roof disguises the homes 2,700 sq. ft.
As mentioned, the street was an eclectic mix of styles, colors, and materials. Some houses were traditional in brick while others were Craftsman in style in both siding and brick. After several elevation studies, a quaint Craftsman style was chosen; clad in brick, lap siding, and board and batten. A front to back gable was utilized to add a second floor while keeping the single story, almost cottage look from the street. The last important detail was the stone retaining wall across the front, in keeping with the neighborhood.