Full view of Sanders Dudley house

Sanders Dudley House

  • Overview


    Sawyerville, AL
    Phase 1 – 2000
    Phase 2 – 2001
    2nd Year Project

  • Project Team

    Phase 1
    Alicia Armbrester, Brian Bailiff, Meredith Baker, Elizabeth Blaney, Laura Bonner, Kristi Bozeman, Katie Bryan, John Caldwell, Matt Christopher, Chris Devine, Sarah Dunn, Azalia Golbitz, Asif Haque, Julie Hay, Patrick Holcombe, Jason Hunsucker, Kris Johnson, Karrie Kitchens, Sophorn Kuoy, Erik Lindholm, Richard Long, Beth Lundell, Robert Maurin, Charles Mazzola, Emily McGlohn, Chris McRae, Albert Mitchum, Patrick Nelson, Paul Ovnic, Brannen Park, Sheetal Patel, Walker Renneker, Seth Rodwell, Jennifer Sherlock, Brandon Smith, Melissa Smith, Joel Solomon, Melissa Sullivan, Jermaine Washington

    Phase 2
    Hawra Bahman, Abigail Barnett, Jason Black, Daniel Brickman, Will Brothers, Natalie Butts, Matt Edwards, Elizabeth Ellington, Matthew Finley, Brannon Foster, Erin Gregg, Melissa Harold, Adam Hathaway, Leslie Hoke, Lynelle Houston, Andrew Jacobs, Charlie Jorgensen, Paul Kardous, Elisabeth Kelly, Nathan Makemson, David McClendon, Joyce- Selina Momberger, Micah Padgett, Leia Price, Astyn Richard, Sara Singleton, Michael Sherer, Mike Shehi, Jennifer Stanton, Donna Stober, Laura Tarpy, Robert White, Meghan Young

A second year project, the Sanders-Dudley House was designed to accommodate a large family, which included 6 children. Being a home of such a different scale changed the design aesthetic slightly from previous Rural Studio projects. Focus on replication of details and affordability of materials drove much of the construction decisions. Rammed earth, was selected as the main structural system for the bearing walls as it was cheap, local, and did not require a finish; in addition to being highly insulative and fire resistant. A well articulated roof form and strategic operable windows allowed the large home to be operated passively in the summer and heated primarily with a fireplace in the winter. Much of the public shared family space is centered in the home and allows for ventilation to cross the entire house. Private spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms are pushed to the ends and loft space of the home, to lend some intimate territories for such a large household. The entire form is broken down on the exterior with several material changes that allow for the scale of the house to be visually reduced.

Rammed earth walls made with local red clay soil
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