house in arkansas

This new house in Tornado Alley is located within Bentonville, Arkansas, a region of the country that is subject to lax or non-existent building and zoning codes. For protection from the potential of uplift wind forces and windblown debris, Anik Pearson Architect conceived a building structure in the traditional English Arts and Crafts style with a solid building envelope of 16” concrete masonry walls, and slate roofing on cast stone cornices. To reduce the potential release of harmful contaminants into its surroundings, the building was designed with non-toxic materials: lime stucco, raw copper, black iron, and wood windows with environmentally safe exterior paint. To save on energy costs and dependency on fossil fuels, a geothermal heat pump system was used for the building’s cooling and heating needs.

In collaboration with the interior designer, colorful furnishings and patterned upholstery were meticulously integrated into each crafted room, including the ornamental metal railing in the main stair; De Gournay wallpaper inset into the living room’s paneled walls; Diamanti panels on the door in the front hall; painted board ceilings and mosaic floors in the Orangerie; metallic floral wallpaper and polished nickel hardware in the bar, and ribbed glass in the kitchen with oversized windows and two levels of cabinetry.

Under the guidance of the design team, the client was convinced to invest in traditional building construction, which is inherently resistant to climate-related financial and environmental risk, while implementing clean energy technology that is working to build a better future for the client and for the region.

house in arkansas

  • Interior Design by Katie Ridder Inc.
  • Photography by Erick Piasecki
  • Featured in Southern Living and Katie Ridder Rooms