A Dogtrot style house is split in the middle with a breezeway separating 2 wings of the house but with a common roof. It originated in the southeast to help with cooling, the kitchen often in a separate area.

Chris Hays of Hays/Ewing Design Studio designed this modern day Dogtrot which has the Living, Dining, Kitchen areas built as a unit separate from the 3 Bedroom/ Office wing. The Dogtrot area serves as outdoor Living and Dining which the owners use often up to 9 months of the year.

Walls and roof are foam insulated and rigid foam board envelops the entire house. A geothermal heating system was installed by Albemarle Heating and Air and Blue Ridge Radiant installed radiant flooring in the poured colored concrete floors.

Featured on cover of Abode Magazine and in The Wall Street Journal


  • VSAIA Award of Honor in the Residential Design Category
  • This Earthcraft Certified house was designated as a Top Ten Earthcraft House for energy efficiency in Virginia in 2010

Features Include:

  • Siding: Hardi panels and shiplap poplar siding
  • Roofing: Galvalume standing seam with custom made gutters
  • Terraces and interior floors: Poured colored concrete (interior floors have radiant piping below the concrete)
  • Windows: Eagle
  • Insulation: sprayed open cell foam and rigid styrofoam
  • HVAC: Geothermal and Radiant floors

Photographer: Prakash Patel

Watch a Drone Fly-Over of Stony Point “Dogtrot”