Pine Alley

Pine Alley

Oak Alley plantation located in Vacherie, Mississippi is a striking example of antebellum architecture and an equally striking example of sustainable architecture. Both attributes appealed to my client’s Mars and Venus persona. She loved the look and he loved the sustainability. Each of them took their favorite attributes a step farther in this Oak Alley inspired home we affectionately call, Pine Alley.


Nacogdoches, TX (Designed 2015; Built TBD)



Personalized new home!


6,400 SF; 5BR, 4-1/2BA, great room, live-in attic, basement; 4-story

Client’s Style:

Anti-bellum; Greek Revival


The SketchThe DetailsThe Docs

Lifestyle Features:

  • Martha Stewart kitchen with all the features & fixtures
  • live-in attic for star gazing, bird watching & long-range vistas
  • private bed/bath suites so everyone feels at home
  • formal & informal living spaces to entertain & be entertained
  • elevator for full access to all from basement to attic
  • unique ceilings to distinguish feature spaces

Environment Solutions:

  • super-insulated 12″ ICF enclosure to maximize thermal envelope
  • large porch overhangs to create shaded micro-climate & reduce heat gain
  • minimize site disturbance to preserve the piney woods
  • basement to create geothermal space to reduce conditioned volume
  • create earthen dam & lake from natural spring to create wildlife habitat
  • self-sufficient garden & free-range animals for food & fertilizer

Community Influence

  • match neighboring setbacks & alignment to street
  • winding vehicular & pedestrian access paths to mimic arterial street
  • retain maximum trees to provide mature appeal for a new home