Port Republic I

Two Lots in Port Republic

The historic village of Port Republic sits at the confluence of North River and South River in east Rockingham County. Its simple street grid, occupied by log, brick and frame houses from the past two centuries, gives measured urban definition to this county district. We own two half acre lots that face the wide bank of South River, maintained each summer by the flock of sheep bought by the Port Republic Historical Society for that purpose. We seek clients with which to partner in the design and building of houses appropriate to this treasured setting.

These images show one possible direction the design could go for this site, depending on the needs and values of a client. The whole house is shown on a plinth that is above the flood plain level. The log house, out front, is used as a porch below and glass enclosed office above. Since the log house is close to the street, this scheme uses the unchinked logs as a natural screen to afford privacy for the office.

Behind the log house front we are showing two “houses” which, along with the log house, form space between them. By using several house elements we are continuing the scale provided by the original log house. The new houses are dark to maintain prominence of the log house along the street. The south-most new house is rotated toward the south to maximize passive solar gain through its large windows. The rooftop photovoltaic panels are angled south to maximize active solar gain.