Fitting In

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Finding a common language in materials, proportions and form can help modern projects fit into more historic, established environments.

This house in historic Beaufort, North Carolina fits in well among the surrounding 1700-1800 era houses in this traditional waterfront neighborhood. Through proportion, setbacks, height and materials, this 21st century building is respectful to the past and yet it is designed for today, without mimickingĀ or falsely reproducing the past.

Michael Stevenson, FAIA, used cedar and hardi-panel siding, painted white, to help the house fit into the white wood material palette of Ann Street, where white picket fences surround white clapboard historic homes.

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