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Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects





Our firm crafts sophisticated homes along the Mobile Bay, the Gulf Coast, and the long, scenic rivers that course throughout the state. Waterfront designs are our specialty. Our firm crafts sophisticated homes along the Mobile Bay, the Gulf Coast, and the long, scenic rivers that course throughout the state. Each custom-made design has its own distinctive characteristics and fulfills unique client needs. We prioritize conservation and stewardship of the land during the planning process, while ensuring full access to the rich amenities of waterfront living, including boating, swimming, fishing, or just relaxing by the water’s edge. The waterfront is best appreciated with the special people in your life. Our team helps you decide on a plan specific to your site, determining which rooms have access to the water, identifying areas of fellowship and spaces for privacy, and defining how the house communicates with the surrounding environment. This “variety of place” within and around the home is countered by wide-open views of the natural wonders outside. Everyone in the family find their own retreat within the comfort of your waterfront home.


CAPTURING THE SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THE WATER Fairhope’s close relationship with the water defines our designs. We live and work in this coastal community, surrounded on three sides by water, with many inlets and rivers in between. Our buildings give you the space to enjoy the serenity of the seacoast sunrise, the ecological diversity of the rivers and bluffs, and the peaceful shores of Mobile Bay. We draw from an architectural palette inspired by nature and tradition, layering wood, metal, and stone to create a sense of solidity and permanence. Expansive windows frame postcard views of the waterfront and bring the beauty of nature into the home. Covered porches provide shade from the sun and private areas to enjoy and celebrate the outdoors.

THE IMPACTS OF MOTHER NATURE Alabama’s residents maintain a close relationship with nature and understand its awesome power. Our designs are built to the highest, nationally-adopted FEMA codes, fortified and insurance standards for waterfront properties, to promote structural longevity against flooding, storm surges, wind, and erosion. We also address resiliency and survivability by incorporating preparedness features, such as storm shutters and generators. The long-term maintenance of your new home is addressed with the use of corrosion resistant materials and other fortifications against the elements. Our job as architects is to provide peace of mind to our clients: we elevate design to the next level of safety and build your home to last.

They have an understanding that less is more and you don’t have to go big for it to be desirable. They don’t let you get to a place where you feel uncomfortable or that you aren’t doing something they think you ought to be doing. When people come over they say it is beautiful and comfortable this is a house you want to live in.”



The Bayfront Home provides a warm and inviting place to welcome guests, enjoy outdoor water sports, and engage in an active lifestyle. You will have your own private retreat to observe the pristine wildlife surrounding you, including bald eagles, osprey, and dolphins. WAV Homes are adaptable to the long, narrow lot shapes and sizes found along the bay. Each design incorporates discrete elements to ensure privacy from the neighbors, while providing direct access to the water. Screened porches--inspired by the vernacular traditions of the South - welcome bay breezes, cultivate friendships, and enhance family time after a busy day on the water.


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Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects One South School Street Fairhope, Alabama 36532

Barton Engineering, LLC 6304 Piccadilly Square Drive, Suite 3 Mobile AL 36609


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Phone: 251-928-6041 Fax: 251-928-6045

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THE PIER An essential element of the classic bayfront home is the pier. Sitting out over the bay, it is the ideal space for fishing spelled trout, throwing a cast net for shrimp, inviting friends to a crawfish boil or enjoying the breathtaking sunsets that makes Mobile Bay famous.

Clay’s creative and artistic ability is phenomenal. His designs were so clientoriented, and he managed to capture the true essence of what we wanted as clients. He incorporated beauty, comfort and livability. Clay is visionary and adaptable his touches with details are fantastic.�


Gina and her team really listened. They had the ability to translate our nebulous comments about what we wanted into excellent design. Gina managed the construction process and the result was the least stressful, most enjoyable renovation I have ever done. If there were any problems behind the scenes, we didn’t know about them. It was seamless.�


Elegant and refined, houses placed along the bluffs communicate with the sky above and the water below. The big reveal of the home is the view. The WAV Blufftop Home invites you to discover and enjoy an elevated experience. Welcoming entry spaces open up to impressive vistas inside the home, refreshed with an abundance of natural light. Oversized windows, glass doors, and extended porches bring the outdoors in and provide 360-degree views of the flourishing landscape surrounding you.


RIV E RFRON T Alabama rivers are living, moving elements, with distinct personalities. The WAV Riverfront Home is both adaptable and luxurious, incorporating practical design solutions to common issues (such as privacy from boat noise and intermittent heavy flooding), with a touch of modern style. Our designs can be integrated with piers and wharves, extending the living space of the home into the water, and providing you and your family with more opportunities to get active outdoors.

Such a great experience. They really knew what we wanted. Clay is just the best to work with. We’re very family-oriented and Clay designed the best floor plan. Our house is warm, open and comfortable. It’s everything we wanted. Just everything.”

B AC K-BAY HO ME The water landscapes of Alabama provide ample opportunities for both discovery and escape. WAV Back Bay Homes are a design-hybrid of bayfront and river houses, offering plenty of space to stretch out amongst the live oaks with convenient areas to store your kayaks, fishing gear, canoes, and boats. The focus of the home is family and friends, providing sheltered spaces for enjoying a gentle rain or outdoor breeze, and open areas for communing with your neighboring water lovers. Once you are inside, however, you decide whether to be engaged or private: the house is your retreat after a long day on the water, or a long week at the office.

The WAV team is unbelievably talented. Both with our family with small children and my parents’ house, they really captured who we were at the stages of our lives. We’ve really enjoyed the house.”




We base our work on three fundamentals: quality, experience and reputation. We bring authenticity to every design, combining architectural balance with superior workmanship and an eye towards practicality. Our homes are nationally-recognized, featured on HGTV’s Homes Across America and in dozens of magazines, including Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and Alabama. We are inspired by diverse architectural styles, blending the graciousness of traditional waterfront houses with the refinement of modern-day living. At WAV, we believe that the house is more than a home, it is the heart of the family. Whether you desire a stately manor house, or a cozy cottage, our team can help you create the waterfront home of your dreams.

WAV is headquartered in Fairhope, Alabama, a scenic, historic town with treelined streets and panoramic views of Mobile Bay. Our team of twelve dedicated staff members maintain close family ties throughout the southeast and are emotionally invested in both the people we serve and the projects we produce. Our mission is to deliver lasting architecture that fulfills the goals of the client and serves as a place to grow and thrive for generations. We work within the community as volunteers, neighbors, friends, and leaders, and recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the firm’s founding.


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MAC WALCOTT | Mac is a founding principal in the firm. He earned his Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. His broad range of experience traverses commercial, residential, institutional, large scale, small scale, publicly funded and privately funded projects. Mac is a member of various state and local boards including the Alabama Board for Registration of Architects (South District Representative). Part farmer, part bee keeper, part writer, part free spirit, he and wife, Gina, have three children and a host of farm animals at their Fish River home. GINA WALCOTT | Gina is a founding principal in the firm. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University. Her experience has focused on the integration of architecture and interiors with the design of small commercial, institutional, educational and residential projects. Gina is active in the community, volunteering her time to various organizations, and the arts community. She enjoys spending time on their farm and on Fish River with her husband, Mac. CLAY ADAMS | Clay has been a principal in the firm since 1990. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Building Science degrees from Auburn University, returning to Fairhope in 1990 to join WAV. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Clay has extensive experience in large, religious, institutional and multi-family residential projects, recently restoring his own 85 year-old bungalow in downtown Fairhope. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with wife, Maria, and two daughters. LEA VERNEUILLE | Lea has been a principal in the firm since 1994. He has over 24 years of experience in the design of custom homes of diverse architectural styles. His other experience includes a wide range of commercial projects, multi-family housing, master-planning, historic preservation and resort facilities. Lea earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. Three of Lea’s residential projects including his personal home have been featured on HGTV. He is active in his community and the Episcopal Church. His personal interests include volunteer work on behalf of public art, planning and community design issues, travel, golf and literature. RYAN BAKER | Ryan was named a Principal at WAV in January of 2013. Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York, he worked on the Lion King on Broadway and designed point-of-purchase displays at Impact Displays, an industrial design firm. Ryan also worked for Karlsberger Architecture, specializing in health care design. Ryan’s experience spans the spectrum from residential and commercial to institutional and civic design. His designs include bank branches, custom homes and residential developments. Ryan, Carson and their two sons enjoy boating and fishing in their spare time. Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects One South School Street | Fairhope, Alabama 36532 | (251) 928-6041 |

One South School Street | Fairhope, Alabama 36532 | (251) 928-6041 |

Profile for Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects

WAV Waterfront Home  

Our firm crafts sophisticated homes along the Mobile Bay, the Gulf Coast, and the long, scenic rivers that course throughout the state of Al...

WAV Waterfront Home  

Our firm crafts sophisticated homes along the Mobile Bay, the Gulf Coast, and the long, scenic rivers that course throughout the state of Al...