Roughly seven miles north of the University of Alabama campus is Lake Tuscaloosa, a serene, manmade reservoir. There are plenty of fine houses dotting its shorelines, but one in particular stands apart from the rest. Designed by architect Tyler Price of Tyler G. Price Architecture and completed in 2018, this custom dwelling is not your typical lake house. It’s rife with Mediterranean influences, including a bright-white exterior and swooping curves that are repeated throughout the home.
Despite the extravagant flair, Tyler managed to make this house meld harmoniously with its surroundings. The structure’s placement on the land — perched proudly on a hillside with its main axis in the center of a small clearing — allows for a gorgeous view of the water while also enabling it to blend in with the blanket of trees flanking it on either side.
Hailing from Tuscaloosa but now based in Birmingham, Tyler jumped at the opportunity to take on this job for some family friends from his hometown. The homeowners knew they wanted a house with a Mediterranean feel, and Tyler ran with the theme. “Some of the lines and curves that are created on the parapets, arches and brackets repeat themselves on the inside in some of the case openings, recesses and nooks,” he says.
The end result is an alluring, if not magical, respite that beckons the homeowners and visitors alike (their daughter, a student at UA, frequently stops in with friends) to explore every hallway and peek around every corner.
Outside, Tyler’s design continues in the white parapets found on the front and back of the house. “The entry parapet is about being a focal point,” he says, “and then it swoops down to a more human scale. The back parapet is more dominant because that’s the side that you would view from the lake, so it’s seen from a distance.”
Though the house is set back a bit from the water, this prominent exterior feature leaves quite an impression on boaters passing by because of its grand scale. “It needed to be massive enough to not look diminutive from a long way away,” Tyler says.
Though this house is so visibly stamped with a distinct style, Tyler says his work as a whole does not lean more toward one aesthetic over another. “My clients don’t come to me for any particular look,” he says. “I try to figure out what they want and then try to execute that style well.”
On this project, he did just that, and he even dove a little deeper by also providing plans for the interiors and landscaping. Tyler does have some go-to interior designers he works and confers with, and he does leave the specific plant choices up to the horticulturalists (Buzz Barton of Barton Landscape, in this case), but oftentimes he opts to do as much as he can. “On certain projects, I like to do it all,” Tyler says, “because when I’m designing it, I have a vision for how I want it to finish out anyway.” And it goes without saying that Tyler’s vision for this lake house — for it to essentially become one with the land — and the homeowners’ wish for a Mediterranean-inspired home in the heart of Alabama came together beautifully.
All photos courtesy of Graham Yelton of Graham Yelton Creative and styling by Tonia Trotter.
For Tyler Price’s other recent projects, visit @tgparchitect on Instagram.
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