The Language of Village Roots

Good architecture for Village Roots houses reduces square footage to allow for more detail and livable space. Instead of thinking of a house as a series of rooms, think of it as a sequence of places. That said, Village Roots has its own vernacular.

Instead of “development” Village Roots is a neighborhood. Instead of “conventional” Village Roots is built for the way we live. Instead of “master bedroom, living room and kitchen,” Village Roots offers spaces such as, living space, eating space, sleeping space. Instead of “den, spare room or office,” Village Roots offers an away room or a studio. In addition to “green,” Village Roots offers sustainable.

The Features of the Village Roots Neighborhood

Old Sycamore Lane is a new village public street with full maintenance along with village water and sewer provided by the village of Granville. Views are important and houses are positioned and designed to view common areas, the grand old Sycamore tree, gardens, the bike path, and the open expanse of the village well fields which will never be developed. Designated garden space for each house lets you grow food and flowers. The barn, with power and water provided off grid, features a south-facing greenhouse for seed starting and protection of tender plants, space for a carpentry shop where residents can combine their tools, and casual relaxation space. Walkways and a paved connector path lead to the Rails to Trails bike path for easy biking access. A perennial stream runs year round on the property. It’s a pleasant 15- minute walk to downtown Granville or the Granville IGA Market and a quick three-minute walk to Wildwood Park and the dog park.

The Features of Village Roots Houses

Exterior: Basements, partial or full. Deep, covered green side front porches. Courtyard, private garden, terrace. Semi-attached two-car garage with covered patio walkway and an optional bump out to expand storage space. Low maintenance fiber-cement board siding. Solar panels. Double-glazed low-e windows. Dedicated space for an umbrella clothesline.

Interior: Creative integrated storage and use of space. Complete living space on the first floor on all models. Energy and water-efficient appliances and fixtures, including tankless hot water heater. Solid core doors and three-foot wide doorways for aging in place needs.

Village Roots homes will be highly detailed without the need for extensive modifications. If home buyers want to explore other materials or space options, the skilled architect and builder can help you take your home design to the next level of customization.

The Neighborhood Plan


Green space and gardens. Beams and logo from an original 1870s Mail Pouch barn, saved from destruction, will become part of the neighborhood barn. The bike path. Pathways and sidewalks. A new no outlet public street. Generous lot sizes with maintenance provided by the HOA. Beautiful landscaping highlighting native species, right sized for efficient solar. And the Old Sycamore Preserve, a sheltered place to admire and relax. Currently, seven lots are available.

Houses in Village Roots represent traditional Craftsmen colors with an exterior wall color, a trim color and an accent color. The color pallet is selected from the Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams historic paint selections. Village Roots features selected colors in different combinations that are true to traditional American Craftsmen Bungalows.