Expansive porches, soft colors, and a visual feast of well-crafted details —all the hallmarks of gracious Southern architecture—are on display at Oldfield, a 90-lot resort development on 24 acres.
“The goal was to create diversity to make the community feel like it had been there a long time,” says Stephen McKay, a residential designer at Tringali. A variety of historical precedents are mixed and matched to evoke the small-town feel of old Southern towns. Front and back porches figure prominently, most of them equipped with ceiling fans for relief from the hot climate.
Oldfield's pastoral setting played a part in the designs, too. The homes in this second phase of development are oriented around a 60-foot-wide boulevard park lit with gas lanterns, a lake, sprawling live oaks, and a natural creek that meanders through the community.
Thanks to open floor plans and large entertaining spaces that flow from indoors to out, these second-home residents can truly enjoy the slow Southern charm of their surroundings.
Dominick Tringali Architects incorporated some of the old vernacular details of traditional Southern architecture but made them builder-friendly and cost-effective. Case in point is the rafter detail on the underside of the porch roofs. In the old days, the exposed underside would have been made with labor-intensive tongue-in-groove or 1x4s. Instead of substituting regular plywood, a sheet of T-1-11 siding is flipped upside down and installed above the exposed rafter tails. Its reveals achieve the original refined look for less.