Manchester Custom Farm House
Updated: Oct 8, 2022
Manchester Farm Custom Home Project Details:
Designed by: James Knight of Reynard Architectural Designs
Plan: Monitor Farm House with function barn and livable quarters
Square Footage Breakdown
Total Heated Square Footage – 1,580
1st Floor - 1,050
2nd Floor- 530
Full bathrooms: 2
Standard Foundations: Slab
Standard Type(s): Siding on 2x6 studs
Width: 72' 0"
Depth: 48' 0"
Max ridge height from finished first floor: 35’0”
Area: 840 sq. ft.
Count: 3 Cars
Entry Location: Front
Floor / Height: First Floor / 10' 0" Second Floor / 8' 0"
Lower roof pitch: 2 on 12
Upper roof pitch: 6 on 12
For this project, a client approached James Knight about designing a functioning and livable farm house in Meriwether County, Georgia.
The concept was to build a home that could lived in year round and utilize a "Monitor Barn" style that would also house farming equipment within the confines of the home itself.
Fortunately, the client came well prepared with a site survey, soil test, inspiration images, and some rough floor plan layouts that he liked.
The property is located 3 miles east of Manchester, Georgia on Chalybeate
Springs Rd. in Meriwether County. The county has a total population of
21,000 residents where Greenville is the county seat and Manchester is the
largest city. The property is zoned RD (Rural Development District) and it
consists of rolling hills with ~850 foot road frontage.
The farmhouse would not be the primary residence so the structure at the
farm would need to provide both storage and security for equipment along with
living quarters when in use. The intention was to have a place where someone from the family could easily work and live onsite full time when necessary.
Custom Home Requirements (Provided by client)
Barn with living quarters ‐‐ not a house that's a mock barn
Highly functional to support a working farm
Monitor barn style with center section drive through
Casual but classic farm influence
East wing vs. west wing concept
2‐stories with bedroom and storage upstairs
Highlight prevailing view to East and South
Sustainability, e.g., solar panels
1,250 (min) ‐ 1,750 sq ft heated space
Supports good air circulation throughout
Wood burning stove for heat in main living area
Board & batten siding Stone/brick base Metallic roof
Concrete flooring Wooden barn doors Shiplap interior
Exposed ceilings Skylights Gravel drive & paths
James took the inspiration photos and project brief provided from the client and developed the architectural (floor plans, elevations, renderings designed in REVIT) and structural set (framing, roofing, ceiling and foundation plans) along with 3D high resolution rendered (Lumion) images with the site location and some 3D perspectives.