retirement home, photographed by Aaron Dougherty, is for a couple
returning to their native roots in the Ozarks of Arkansas. A love
of nature, including the wide variety of birds that come and go
through the tall oak trees that dominate the site, were major
considerations in the evolution of the design. An exposed steel
frame, pre-fabricated in our shop, supports the small house on
a south facing rocky slope overlooking Hurricane Valley. The use
of native materials, rough sawn oak from local sawyers and wide
plank oak flooring imbue the project with indigenous qualities.
The house is an open volume with a small loft above the bathroom
and mechanical core. The loft is used for various projects and
is a sleeping and play area for visiting grandchildren. It separates
the bedroom from the full height living area, glazed on both sides,
resting high in the trees like the projects namesake.