HGTV Green Home: Modern farmhouse style

HGTV Green Home: Modern farmhouse style

The HGTV Green Home 2012 should represent the very best in Southern home design, thought architect Steve Kemp and residential designer Georgia Muncaster of Kemp Hall Studio, the architects for the project at Serenbe, according to

It should also include the perfect balance of old architectural details and new home systems and design elements. So where does the design process begin? "We looked at images of Southern-vernacular farmhouses and evaluated them on the massing, the shape of the home, the general roof lines and how are theyconfigured," Kemp said on

After evaluating roof forms, porch design and location, window design and location, ceiling heights and exterior materials, the duo proceeded with concept sketches, transforming traditional Southern-farmhouse details into a modern, green design. The original character of roof lines and massing were preserved, while a contemporary spin gave new life to exterior details. Traditional lap siding, for instance, is presented with no corner boards and fashioned from fiber cement rather than wood, and weathered sandstone stands in for a solid granite-block foundation.

"The concept was to mix an old with a new feel," Muncaster said on "That's why we wanted to do the very rustic stone foundation. We have the simple form of the farmhouse with a traditional siding used in a different way and then the traditional metal roof."

Serenbe is a 1,000-acre sustainable community near Atlanta and the site of the HGTV Green Home 2012.

For more information, see our Green Home Plans research center.

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Topics: Building Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Sustainable Communities

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