Our courtyard house, designed by David Sullivan of Atlanta, contains pleasant surprises. Inside its traditional exterior is a gently contemporary plan. Outside, a series of private gardens and terraces expands the living space to take full advantage of a range of mild climates throughout the South. Detailed in stucco with natural stone accents, the house is designed to be at home in either the Coastal or Piedmont South. Tall stone chimneys and gabled dormers create traditional cottage appeal.
Inside, a semiopen floor plan features vaulted spaces and loft overlooks from the upper floor. High ceilings alternate with conventional 8-foot ceilings, making the house both dramatic and cozy. The plan offers quiet and privacy to bedrooms while allowing activity areas, such as living and dining rooms, to share spaces. French doors in the master bedroom, living room, and at both ends of the foyer allow spillover onto the surrounding courtyards and terrace.