Four Fun Things in April

Sonia Thompson

Here are a few of our favorite things from around town and around the web this month, including a work space on a railroad track, progress at Splinter Creek, and new writer's residency that pays tribute to the rich literary legacy of Mississippi.

The house going up on Camelback at Splinter Creek.

1. A Camelback House
Jutting out into the South Lake at Splinter Creek is the newest construction on the property. The owners of Camelback, a lot located near the property's main entrance gate, recently broke ground on their family retreat. They look forward to panoramic lake views and spending time with their grown children.

When the owner of this railroad office is ready to begin his workday, he drives his studio down a 110-foot-long track in Carnation, Washington. (photo by Aaron Leitz for The New York Times).

2. A Railroad Office
A home office in Carnation, Washington, can roll from the main home down a 110-foot-long train track, the owners' personal railroad. Built from weathering steel and glass, with a metal door finished in bright yellow automotive paint, the studio measures just under 300 square feet. It was designed by Tom Kundig, the architect who founded the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig.

The future writer's retreat Greenfield Farm was once owned by William Faulkner who raised mules and grew crops there.

3. Greenfield Farm
Greenfield Farm will be a new writer's residency through the University of Mississippi. Located 15 miles east of Oxford, the land is a 20-acre parcel once owned by William Faulkner where the writer raised mules and grew crops. Plans are in place for Greenfield to be turned into a retreat-style writer’s residency, paying tribute to the historical uses of the land and the rich literary legacy of Mississippi. The hope is for Greenfield to become a new front porch for the Deep South, a place where writers can create work that will make positive American change.

Splinter Creek's Wildwood is becoming a beautiful escape.

4. Creative Landscape Design
We love the way the owners of the Wildwood lot at Splinter Creek have been cultivating their property. Creating trails, footbridges, and easy access to the water is typically part of our residents' initial design plans. We are excited to share the way the owners are using natural markers like creeks and tree lines to create boundaries on their land.

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