The Little Big House
The Homearama 2012 Hampton Roads Magazine House, Caramel Cottage, wows guests and wins awards, at Culpepper Landing in Chesapeake
Stephen Alexander Homes of Chesapeake
Jonathan Edwards Media
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Like Alice down the rabbit hole, expect to feel pleasantly disoriented when you step inside the “Little Big House.” Is that a salty ocean breeze I feel here in Chesapeake? Have I suddenly started dropping my “Rs” in classic Low Country fashion?
Well, probably not. But, after hearing, “I wish I could live in a place like this” so often when visiting some of the South’s most gracious cities—think Charleston and Savannah—the principals of Stephen Alexander Homes responded with, “You can!” and created the “Little Big House.”
It doesn’t take long inside this multiple award-winning home to realize that the moniker “Little Big House” is not merely a clever marketing tagline. No, this small home lives large. And that’s by design. Though “little” is a relative term, at 2,789 square feet, and a little less livable space, this home is small by most past Homearama standards. But, while the size may be economy-driven, all other decisions were based squarely on function and aesthetics, especially the desire to create a very livable home with a nostalgic flavor.
Designed and built by Stephen Alexander Homes in partnership with architects Retnauer Baynes Associates and Sharon Goodwin and Susan Wilson of Goodwin Interiors, this two-and-a-half story Victorian Revival Farmhouse boasts generous living spaces plus five bedrooms and three full baths.
“How,” you may ask? Read on.