Von Hoffmann Doyle Farm
Main house restoration: 6,500sf
Guest house/Garage: sf
The original circa 1850’s farmhouse on this 750-acre farm one hour outside of Nashville stands at the end of a long drive. Although we doubled the home’s living space, we preserved the understated bucolic feeling of the approach by carefully siting the addition and guest house/garage. A rear courtyard created by the relationship between the original house and the two-story addition reinforces a feeling of intimacy. The addition houses a large eat-in kitchen and screen porch and a summer master bedroom with sleeping porch. A small guest house/garage stands to the north.
A commitment to sustainable design defined every aspect of the project. All wood from accessory buildings was reclaimed and used for the millwork in the restoration of the original house and the addition. We stripped and maintained all of the house’s original siding detail. The heating and AC system is geothermal and the lighting is LED. Taking our cues from the original house, we sited the addition to maximize passive solar in the winter, and placed windows to encourage cross ventilation in the summer. We worked with the landscape architect to ensure that the placement of new trees on the property would provide shade. To the south of the new kitchen a copse of trees creates an outdoor dining room and blocks the southern sun.
At 14,000 sf, the project includes the complete renovation of the original farm house, the addition and a guest house with parking below.
Consulting engineer (MEP)
Hawkins Partners, Inc.
Ramsey-Daugherty Co., Inc.