Chris Wellman

Chris Wellman

Leland, NC, US


Wellman House

Inspired in various ways by my studies of church and monastic architecture, this personal project is an effort to “rethink everything” about residential design. Key goals were to be more honest and expressive in construction and to increase connection to nature. The 1,380-square-foot house wraps around a courtyard with covered porch that encloses a portion of the existing forest. A glass wall provides views out to the courtyard. The structure is a mix of load-bearing stone and brick walls and steel columns with wood beams. There is a roof deck, skylights over four rooms. and natural lighting and cross ventilation through-out. Energy efficiency and high indoor air quality were key goals as well. Only natural materials were used, with no paint, stain, carpet or drywall. Most existing trees on site were preserved for shade. Toilets are dual-flush, the mechanical system is high-efficiency and appliances are Energy Star rated.

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Status: Built
Location: Leland, NC, US
My Role: Owner, Architect, General Contractor