Crane Hill, Alabama
As this lake community comes to life, Louis realized the influence of his trip to Ireland had on the way this community looks and feels. On the Irish coast, little hamlets, little collection of cottages create villages that dance on the slope of the water. This is truly the inspiration for this community.
The idea that you still have community, small intimate places to gather, come together, visit but you still have privacy. Nothing is meant to be ostentatious or over the top. The lake house sizes are simple and small. There is a central green, a tower, a pool and of course the use of natural materials: stone timbers, real wood roofs and even the retaining walls were formed from the railroad ties that were in turn re-used for the pathways.