The antebellum estate, Ashford Acres Inn, originally constructed in 1858, is located in Cynthiana, Kentucky on 64 acres in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region. The project consisted of restoring and converting a greek revival estate into a restaurant/bed & breakfast. The commercial kitchen addition was added to the North facade of the house and is equipped to serve 50 guests in the restaurant. The kitchen was designed in the Greek-Revival style giving direct reference to the original structure. The focus of the overall design was to integrate the home into its surroundings in a way that captures the spectacular views of the grounds while taking advantage of the beauty and shade of the old trees on the property. Integration between site and structure was important to maintain the character and authenticity of this historic landmark.
The project also included the construction of a separate garden suite which is just north-east of the old house. The award winning garden suite sits approximately in the same location as the smokehouse that once stood on the property in 1858 and decades following. The new garden suite maintains the same footprint as the old smokehouse. This project received the Judge's award from the Home Builders Association of Kentucky for Best New Construction under 2,000 sq. feet.The goal in designing the garden suite was to give reference to the smokehouse that once existed through the use of similar geometries and materials. Some contemporary glass features were added to allow natural light to immerse the space giving a guest a full experience of Kentucky's stunning landscape while maintaining the integrity of the historical precedence.