This is an excellent example of a simple dogtrot house which is essentially a small home split into to halves that are separated by a breezeway. It’s an ideal design for hot and humid climates because the cooling effect of the breezeway helps keep the two halves of the home comfortable. It’s also very conducive to outdoor living since the breezeway can easily double as added living space.
While this particular example was architect designed it’s still a great example of a small usable home many people could tackle building themselves due to it’s scale, dimensions, and simple form. You might also be wondering about the lack of windows. It was built as a second home so it locks up tight behind large secure doors.
The Zachary House was designed by architect Stephen Atkinson for a client with property in Louisiana. The two halves of the dogtrot home add up to a total of 549 square feet of interior living space. One side has a bedroom and bath and the other is a living space with a small kitchen at one end. Stephen’s client wanted something simple and even participated in the construction. Visit Stephen Atkinson’s website to see more of his work. Photos credit to Timothy Hursley and Stephen Atkinson.