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Hammock House

Hammock House

Location: Columbus, NC
Type: New Construction

The Hammock House brings a distinctly modern element to a rural farm in the foothills of North Carolina. Our clients longed for a simple farm life, so they decided to retire a little early and purchased a farm with pastures, mountain views and land dotted with towering old growth oak trees.
Hammock House Kitchen
Hammock House Twilight

The existing landscape and our clients’ vision directed our design concept. Our clients wanted a simple, modern house that could open up to the land. The result is an L-shaped house that orients public and private spaces around the largest of the oak trees and creates a protected and intimate outdoor terrace. A wall of operable doors and a mosaic of windows connect the living spaces to the surrounding landscape and bring daylight in on 3 sides.

Hammock House Living Room
Hammock House Screen Porch

The programming and space planning required unique design solutions based around our client’s close-knit family. The wife’s parents are also full-time residents in the home, so designing the right balance of shared and private spaces for four adults was key to a high functioning design. The husband’s family comes to visit from South America for extended stays bi-annually, so the house was designed to structurally and spatially accommodate a series of hanging hammocks. This allows the whole family to stay together on the land during a visit. These hammocks can be hung up on both porches, on the terrace and in the living room, and can easily be taken down when not needed.

The main entry for the house is at the low point of the roof and the ceiling height and roof slowly rise as you move through the public spaces of the house. A glass window wall and screen porch create a dramatic termination of the roof line as the living spaces open up to a view of the magnificent oak, and the adjacent forest and pasture. The abundant windows and neutral tones make the interior spacious and bright.

Hammock House Exterior Entry
Hammock House Studio Twilight

Project Team

Photographer: Todd Crawford