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English Country Manor House

Ward extensively reworked his own house in Kentwood from an original L-shaped modest bungalow to a two-story “manor” with steep roof and characteristic dormer windows.  Concerning himself with the scale of the surrounding neighborhood, Ward designed the home to have a lower profile that would complement the mainly one-story 1940’s homes on his stately Liquidambar-lined street.  The double height entry and stairs split at the landing to the master suite wing and children’s rooms.  The vaulted master bedroom has windows on three sides with a large bay facing west to capture the prevailing ocean breeze.  The heart of the home features an open plan chef’s kitchen, curved bay dining room, and family room replete with one of three wood burning fireplaces.  Tall French doors expose the garden’s scented camelias and majestic seventy-year old Pepper tree.  Ward and his interior designer partner Linda Zale use their paneled library/living room as a working office where their vast collection of resource materials and architecture/design books are conveniently shelved.

Contractor: Robert M Pagan Construction, Co
Interior Designer: Zale Design Studio


Inspiration & Process


Since the site sloped drastically toward the rear yard, Ward stepped the first floor down from the foyer two steps to be closer to grade and to allow a ten-foot ceiling height in the kitchen/dining/family room.  Ward pulled back the footprint of the existing house to create a deeper rear garden.  The house is full of light and cross ventilation from the numerous dormers and French windows.