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Dogtrot House

Private residence in rural Mississippi.

This small weekend house is sited in the rural hills of southern Mississippi overlooking a small pond.  Set in a context of small farms, scrub land and intermittent pine forest, the design draws its form and materiality from the simple vernacular prototypes anchored out in the neighboring fields: small barns, chicken coops, tin sheds and “enhanced” mobile homes.  The dog trot prototype, typical in the rural south, was the plan generator, making the house a frame or gateway for the pond and landscape beyond.  This open space, which serves as a sheltered and informal dining porch, provides a cool, breezy place to sit on hot days.  

The open porch divides and defines the functions of the structure which is comprised of four cells: a storage/workroom, the dining porch, a living space and a screened porch.  The storage bay can be accessed at grade level for recreational and maintenance vehicles (tractors, lawn mower, four wheelers).  The living space is a double height volume with a sleeping loft above closets and a bathroom.  The adjoining screened porch is perched on the crest of an incline and overlooks a swampy corner of the pond.  The house is of wood frame construction on an unpainted concrete block base.  Stained board and batten siding is interlaced with horizontal weatherboard siding.  A single slope standing seam metal roof is a diagonal counterpoint to a freestanding masonry chimney serving an outdoor fireplace.  Broad steps and a raised concrete deck extend the center dog trot space into the landscape. 


The Bissinger Family



Project Area

850 SF