CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The award-winning house on Smith Road represents both a beginning and an end.
For ZMM architect Joe Sinclair, 35, "It's a beginning for me ... It's a showcase for my future."
For owner and builder Robert Dorsey, 60, it's a finale to a long career in the construction business.
The 2,000-square-foot Arts and Crafts-style house recently won honors for its sustainable design. Dorsey, though, was quick to say, "I am not an environmentalist."
Instead, he describes himself as a practical man who doesn't like waste and wants to use available resources in the wisest way possible.
The new house sits on the exact same footprint as the one his father built on the site in the early 1960s. "He added on seven different times," Dorsey said. "It was a real piece of junk."
Twenty years ago, Dorsey had plans drawn up for a house on the property that has been in his family for generations. About two years ago, he took those plans to Sinclair to rework to fit his current needs.
He neglected to mention the project to his wife, Angela. "I don't think she knew what we were doing for the first month," he said, laughing. "She said, 'You didn't even tell me you're building a house.'"