a roof over your head

June 5th 2014 Comments: 13

Years ago, I was working with a client and the topic of roof material arose.  I started talking about all the options appropriate for her new house and she exclaimed “Before this discussion, I don’t think I’ve ever even looked at a roof before!”  I was shocked. I then realized … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Gardens

opening act

May 22nd 2014 Comments: 4

In a house, a good foyer should create the same awaiting promise; as soon as the door opens, an act one scene should be expertly set for the play unwinding within. It’s the grand opportunity to create drama – aside from a place to step out of the elements and … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Mirror

still life lessons

May 15th 2014 Comments: 0

This new book focuses on five wooden cabins at Lake Martin, Alabama. The structures, part of the Camp at the Ridge, share basic architectural DNA but their interiors, all masterfully done by Susan Ferrier, are very different in style.   Siblings all, but with their own distinct personalities. I want … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

1000 islands (well, actually only 10)

May 8th 2014 Comments: 7

But laden with such responsibilities, how do you keep the design from looking like the USS Intrepid has suddenly stationed itself inside your kitchen? The following are some examples with tips we use in some of our designs: Cleverly break the scale down.  Notice how the countertop slab is elevated … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Kitchen

two of a mind

April 24th 2014 Comments: 2

The event begins at 1:00 PM. The pair will discuss their multiple creative collaborations as well as their new book from Rizzoli, Art of the House: Reflections on Design. Copies of the newly released book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the talk. As a twist, Bobby … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Windows

the printed works: southern living march 2014

April 17th 2014 Comments: 4

We are reprinting it with their kind permission.  As a bonus for our blog readers, I’ve included some of our original design drawings of the house.  The article was written by Mimi Reed and photographed by Laurey W. Glenn. Sometimes, designing a house is less about conforming to a graceful picture … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Exterior Design

the printed works: veranda jan/feb 2014

March 13th 2014 Comments: 3

Designer Susan Ferrier reacts to strongly masculine architecture like a grande dame storming a men’s club. Give her empty rooms composed of virile materials and strict, cerebral grids, and she’ll treat them with furnishings that are boldly voluptuous, a tad rustic, and movie-star glamorous. This gracious stone residence in Mountain … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Living Room Design

small wonders

February 20th 2014 Comments: 5

The ingredients of any abode are basically the same – shelter, living, sleeping, bathing. Sometimes the bowl we mix them in is considerable – oftentimes it’s small. A commenter on a recent post requested I spotlight a few of our more diminutive concoctions. I’m happy to oblige. This house is … [read more]

body of work

February 13th 2014 Comments: 12

Just as every house needs a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen, every suit has sleeves, buttons and collar. Each bespoke suit is made to fit the wearer and every house we do is crafted for each of our clients. We often find ourselves taking the analogy further. Each house can … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Exterior Design

associate decree

January 7th 2014 Comments: 2

David joins Bobby McAlpine, Greg Tankersley, Chris Tippett and John Sease as a leader here in our “factory of original thinking” (Bobby’s fond phrase for our office). David, a native Canadian, began working as a summer student intern and joined the firm right after he completed his Bachelor of Architecture … [read more]

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