House Tour: The Dogtrot

By 14comments No tags Permalink 3

front of house

This cute little house is something called a dogtrot–two separate living areas connected by a screened porch. These are more popular in the south, where it’s 9 million degrees in the summer, and the idea was that everybody could convene out there to escape the agony of a house without air conditioning. What I DON’T understand is why this is raised to far off the ground. Does it stay cooler? Are they on a flood plain? Is it for maximizing a view? There’s no garage, so maybe they’re just parking the car under the house?

Mysteries of the exterior notwithstanding, this would be a great place to live:



Yaaaaaas. That is a great use of space AND an excellent place to throw a party. That’s actually how I gauge the success of a smaller house like this one: is it little enough for my lazy self to maintain, yet still big enough for company? Boom. Winner.


Helping the room feel airy are the vaulted ceilings and mega-sized windows. If you look at the standard door to the right, and then over to the windows on the left, you’ll see they’re about 8′ tall.

And what’s that? Is that a familiar shoulder and ear peeking out from the painting above?

BETSY COW! You sassy old girl. Nice to see you popping up in somebody’s portfolio.

betsy cow

I also dig the blue-gray trim (and doors). It feels fresh without being too trendy.


That empty wine rack is a bummer.

Let’s talk specifics. The interior square footage is about 1250, and if you add the porch it brings the total living space up to 1556. There are three bedrooms, a bunk loft, and two full bathrooms. And all of that random space under the house for your secret lair.

If you’ll pardon me sounding like a Buzzfeed article for a minute, the master bedroom is giving me ALL THE FEELS.


The happy pillows! The chest of drawers! The old leather bench! The antlers freak me out, but I know I’m in the minority with that trend. Hubsey would like them. He’d probably give them names.

One of the bathrooms. I like the basin and am jealous of the counter space.


Finally, here’s the famous porch that makes this place a dogtrot. Those doors go to additional bedrooms and the second bath, so this is also the world’s biggest hallway.


Totally cute. If I could magically live somewhere warmer, I’d also magically give myself this house. Are you into it? What’s your favorite part? Who else likes a place this size?

All pictures via Small House Swoon.

  • Laura
    May 11, 2016

    It looks a lot roomier inside than it does from the outside!

  • Meg
    May 11, 2016

    So cute! I also love the blue trim. Our house is just a bit bigger and I LOVE the size. I can’t imagine anything bigger… it would be too overwhelming to clean and furnish. This one has a much better layout however for entertaining, which we do sometimes, but not often enough for it to be a big deal.

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      May 11, 2016

      Our house is around this size, too, and I balk at the thought of maintaining something larger. Haha. Who has time for that?

  • Val
    May 11, 2016

    What an adorable abode! The screened in porch I would love, especially with its ceiling fans on a hot summer night. The floors are gorgeous!

  • Splendid Little Stars
    May 11, 2016


    Maybe it’s so high so that the occupants will be sure to get exercise. Actually, my guess is, it’s a garage/storage area.
    I love the way it’s decorated (sans antlers–I’m with you on that). However, it’s a bit too open for my taste.

  • Duni
    May 11, 2016

    I’ve never seen a house like this before! It is surprisingly spacious! My favorite is the worktable / bar seating in the kitchen area 🙂

  • Natashalh
    May 11, 2016

    Eeee! So cute! I’d probably guess storage for this house, but I’m very used to seeing raised houses in the South so things are less likely to flood. =) I think every house I ever lived in in Charleston was at least somewhat raised. For that matter, I’ve seen a lot of slightly raised houses along the coast here in Hawaii, too.

  • Rose
    May 11, 2016

    What a neat house! I like the mix of styles. I’m also not a fan of the antlers trend.

  • Melissa @ Bubby & Bean
    May 11, 2016

    The interior of this place is gorgeous. And I love the screened porch idea. (I am also curious as to why it’s sitting up so high. Let me know if you find out!)

  • BeadedTail
    May 11, 2016

    I like that the extra bedrooms and a bathroom are in the separate area. That’d be great for guests. I’d love to downsize to a smaller house and I like the layout of this one although not sure about it being raised. Carrying groceries in would be awful. I don’t like the antlers either! Wonder if I could talk hubby into something this size one day.

  • Kristen
    May 11, 2016

    There is just so much to love with this house. Their styling is incredible. I love the touches of orange with the gray and wood. The idea of the screen porch how it is is a great idea. You could eat or work or host guests or whatever and be totally connected to the house and still be dry and not get bug-bitten. I really love it. Our house is bigger than that one, and I don’t think I’d mind a smaller space like that. I don’t know how we’d all fit but maybe that would be the push to just get rid of stuff.

  • Marilyn
    May 13, 2016

    I would live in this place in a heartbeat!!

  • Chelsey
    May 16, 2016

    I really like the simplicity of the bathroom. There’s a lot of houses high off the ground like that in Queensland in Australia. They call them Queenslanders and they’re built like that to prevent damage from floods.

  • D. Renée Wilson
    May 18, 2016

    I lived in a similar house on a coastal GA island! All of the houses on the beachfront are raised because of storm surge risks, but many southern houses were raised because it is one of the architectural methods for passive cooling.
    Our porch was wonderful. Great parties and a perfect place for a post-beach nap!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *