South Main's First Courtyard Home
Articles - Design
South Main Building Company has just broken ground on our first courtyard home, a Kenny Craft masterpiece which will incorporate South Main’s most sizeable private outdoor space to date. Located on South Main's northern boundary, it is inspired by the courtyard homes of Alys Beach, which in turn are basedselby_west_elevation-rendering-260 on the urban courtyard homes of Spanish colonial cities like Antigua, Guatemala. While the courtyard home type is inspired by patterns from warmer climates, according to Craft stylistic elements such as bow spring arches, vertical two-over-two windows, steel pipe columns, bay windows, and metal roofs all tie the design in with the Victorian-inspired South Main style. A dual-sided fireplace will provide warmth to both the great room and the courtyard, further customizing this courtyard home to our mountain climate. Click here to view a schematic of the site plan.

We are excited by the innovative nature of this design, and we want you to know that we have one lot remaining in phase one- 700 Buzz Boulevard- that would be an ideal location for a similar design. "You could almost take a mirror image of this site plan and place it on 700 Buzz Boulevard," says Kenny.  "It’s a good size house on a large lot, but it breaks down to look like two houses. The street side is the small side, and a similar concept would work well on Buzz." A south-facing courtyard could also work well on the Buzz Boulevard lot, according to Kenny.

This custom home is being built by Buzz and Kris Selby as a part-time residence and has been designed to be highly versatile. In addition to the main house, which sits on the north side of the lot, there are three units with limited cooking facilities that can function either as guest residences or as rentals in their absence; this also offers the owner an opportunity to offset significantly the cost of a mortgage.

“I really like the style of Alys Beach,” says owner Robert Selby. “I like the idea of combining traditional design and details with Spanish Colonial elements like white plaster walls. In terms of layout, the bedrooms are big enough but not excessively large while the common area is quite sizeable. Many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s floorplans were this way.” Owner Kris Selby’s tile art, meanwhile, will adorn both the interior and the exterior of the home, giving it a colorful, custom flare (Kris Selby’s work can be seen in the outdoor living room near the South Main Town Square).

To top off the home’s use of outdoor space, a third story rooftop deck will incorporate a hot tub with views of the Arkansas River and a fireplace with views of the mountains. “We took into account the views from every space,” says Robert Selby. “Wherever you are in the house, you will have views of the landscaped courtyard, public park space and the mountains.”

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