Bethesda Retreat

The Bethesda Retreat is located on a uniquely shaped, but well-oriented, narrow lot. The length of the home was an opportunity to design spaces with sun from multiple directions, capturing morning and afternoon light. A central patio, ideal for entertaining, is carved from the center of the home, and provides a dynamic outdoor living zone connected to the main interior living spaces, kitchen, and pool. The floor plan revolves around this predominant feature with multiple entry points and sight lines connecting remote portions of the home. A formal Owner’s Suite is nestled into the rear wing, providing an intimate sanctuary with views toward the wooded portion of the lot.

Upstairs, a loft and studio offer supplemental spaces for both entertaining and work. These rooms are enhanced by partial screening and operable doors so the residents may selectively sequester themselves or engage with the surrounding spaces. The home’s exterior is characterized by its contemporary treatment of warm materials: light stucco, granular stone tile, rich wood siding, and bronze metal elements. Subtle expressions of ornament in the entry door, open eaves, steel canopies, and accent tile are among its most distinctive elements.

Services

  • Land Planning & Feasibility
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

CREDITS

  • Maxine Schnitzer Photography
  • L.S. Design
  • Mark Finlayson, CPH
  • Wheat's Landscape

Bethesda Retreat

Oceanside Residence

An outdated home with vastly underutilized potential laid ripe for opportunity on this coveted lot on Assawoman Bay in Ocean City, Maryland. The owners, who previously lived just down the street, jumped at the chance to “trade up” for the bayside home when it hit the market. Enticed by the prospect of sunset views from three sides of their home and a proper waterfront recreation venue, they envisioned a lush retreat to host their family and friends.     

A complete transformation was performed to rejuvenate the home’s appearance and performance. Capitalizing on its orientation, the rear side of the home was activated by several new floor-to-ceiling openings. This saturates the formerly dull interior with natural light reflecting off the water. The exterior was completely resurfaced in wood shake, replacing a deteriorating existing stucco veneer. Existing windows, balconies, and terraces all were re-imagined and refined through new detailing with coastal vernacular-inspired brackets, shed roofs, and railings. 

Reconfiguring the original floor plan, inhabitable space was reclaimed over the existing two-story family room to craft a relaxed entertainment destination while also nimbly inserting an additional bedroom suite. On the ground floor, an expanded kitchen and a properly designated dining venue replace the original south wing of the home, which was inhibited by a cramped and dysfunctional combined layout.  The master suite received a comprehensive alteration to improve its capacity and finish level – a new walk-in-closet and five-fixture bath both benefit from added light and privacy. The rear porch was revitalized with brighter materials, retractable screens, versatile seating, and stair access to the waterfront patio. Now, on the most idyllic days, the new bi-fold glass door is opened to capture coastal breezes coming off the bay and create a pleasantly seamless indoor-outdoor room for relaxing. 

Services

  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

CREDITS

  • T&G Builders
  • Christie Leu Interiors LLC & Mary Strittmatter
  • Stacy Zarin Goldberg 

Oceanside Residence

MClean Contemporary

The McLean Contemporary is located on a typical McLean lot, but is anything but typical. A low brick front softens the mass of the home’s twelve-foot-tall first floor ceilings, and provides support for an elevated front terrace with views to the west. A glazed stair tower anchors the home, and adds drama to the everyday. Subtle brickwork brings a level of sophistication to the minimal exterior material palette, and clean lines within reflect the contemporary exterior. Expansive windows open to the rear yard and trees beyond, with sightlines from the interior emphasized by the home’s strong linear organization of rooms.

Deep portals and extended thresholds frame these views across the depth of the home, while creating a sequence of spaces each distinct from the next. Similarly, the second floor loft and breakfast nook off the kitchen divert from grand scale characteristic elsewhere in the home – each offering a uniquely intimate setting to retreat or entertain. A direct connection to the outdoors also enhances these rooms, with the elevated front terrace and backyard patio both accessible through sleek glass doors.

Services

  • Land Planning & Feasibility
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

Credits

  • Hoachlander Davis Photography

MClean Contemporary

North Arlington Residence

This home was conceived as a respite from the prevalent unending development in the surrounding neighborhood. Perched at the end of an inconspicuous corridor, the home’s site is bracketed by a rare Resource Protection Area, ensuring uncompromised forest views for years to come. Spaces are oriented to capitalize on these sightlines, with the most utilized rooms stacking in alignment along the left side of the house. Floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout the home eliminates the barrier between interior and exterior, giving its residents a feeling of inhabiting the trees beyond. The first floor is anchored by a central kitchen equally suited for entertaining and intimate daily meals. Upstairs, an equal distribution of bedrooms efficiently capitalizes on the entire footprint. An open gallery at the front of the home fills the depths of the interior with natural light and dual central axes reinforce the outdoor connection with focused views. The exterior character draws equal influence from Craftsman Farmhouse and Nantucket Shingle styles, as interpreted through a modern lens. Minimal ornamentation, exposed structural elements, and expansive glazing reflect this contemporary sensibility while still coalescing with traditional vernacular. 

Services

  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents

CREDITS

  • Arlington Designer Homes

North Arlington Residence

Modern Prairie

In response to the largely homogenous collection of new homes in the DC Metro area, this design takes a divergent stance while respecting the context. The graceful balance of Prairie Style and Contemporary elements allow it to delicately stand out among the surrounding Craftsman and Colonial homes without imposing on the neighborhood. This home’s palette of soft hues, grainy stucco, rich cedar accents, and monolithic stone base all juxtapose its minimalist form and make it fit in appropriately with the wooded site. Large, undivided apertures fill the interior with natural light and curate views out into the encompassing trees.

These openings are articulated on the exterior with soffit down-lighting and dark mullions. Inside, vignettes are framed by distinctive thresholds between rooms. This creates a fluid, but separate series of spaces between the Family Room, Kitchen, and Dining Room, which are carefully scaled in relation to each other. A first floor Guest Suite and second floor Loft offer flexible options for families of differing (or growing) sizes. The 3-Car Garage is a rare feature for the tight lot and contributes to its asymmetrical massing. Lush marble finishes and ceiling accent lighting emphasize the contemporary aesthetic of the home, which is softened by the French oak floors.

Services

  • Land Planning & Feasibility
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

CREDITS

  • Hoachlander Davis Photography

Modern Prairie

Oakton Contemporary

This contemporary private residence is perched above a tranquil clearing and stream in a densely wooded plot in Oakton. The home’s design takes inspiration from, and enhances, the natural elements of the site. Its nestled position in the landscape, large overhangs, casement windows, extensive porches, and generous glazing amplify views of the surrounding scenery and create a seamless connection between interior and exterior spaces.

This dynamic quality is incorporated into a design ideal for entertaining; the openness of gathering spaces in the Kitchen, Dining, and Family Rooms, as well as the Rec Room above, is reinforced with direct access to the patio and balcony. A two-story foyer with a full-height curtain wall anchors the floor plan and creates a vantage point that overlooks the entirety of the home. This space exemplifies the minimal, refined detailing desired by the client.

Services

  • Land Planning & Feasibility
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

CREDITS

  • Maxine Schnitzer Photography

Oakton Contemporary

Loudoun Estate

This French provincial estate home is situated atop a set of rolling hills in the picturesque haven of the Creighton Farms community. At 6,000 square feet, the home is designed for lavish entertainment, while providing flexible living spaces for a fluctuating number of inhabitants – offering the capacity for single-level living, if desired. It presents a traditional front facade and culminates with double-height glazing on the rear, providing the Family Room and Salon with plentiful natural light and exquisite views. Careful attention was dedicated to incorporate these dramatic spaces while maintaining a restrained, balanced massing on the exterior. Parged brick, battered stone chimneys, flared slate roof with snow birds, and rustic wood elements all convey an old world charm on the exterior.

This refined rustic theme is carried throughout the interior as well – evident in the tumbled edge, honed travertine, matte-stained hardwood floors, custom-crafted walnut paneling and cabinetry in the Hearth Room and Study, ornate coffered ceiling treatments, and marble accents in the Owner’s Bath and fireplace. The symmetrical aspects of the floor plan, such as the His & Hers amenities of the Owner’s Suite, and the procession down the center corridor emphasizes the formality of its interior spaces. Moving outside, the home boasts an ample outdoor living and entertaining space that spills out onto the hills beyond.

Services

  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration
  • Interior Design

Credits

  • Morgan Howarth Photography

Loudoun Estate

McLean Estate

An uncharacteristically pristine lot hosts this grand estate home designed for a young family in McLean, Virginia. Positioned in a distant corner of an established subdivision, the home’s 2-acre site backs to a protected natural easement – ensuring uninterrupted, exclusive views of the lush surrounding trees. Using this as inspiration and capitalizing on its solar orientation, the home’s massing and program are configured to establish a dynamic indoor/outdoor connection. The primary living spaces are concentrated at the rear of the home and a characterized by vibrant exposure to sunlight and curated views to three sides of the property. A broad terrace and covered veranda wraps the perimeter of these spaces, providing venues for year-round outdoor relaxation and entertainment. Inside, symmetrical openings create strong sightlines throughout the home.

Rich textures in the flooring, cabinetry, and wall finishes give the spaces a warm, but crisp contemporary sense of refinement.

This sentiment is also well-represented in the exterior materials and detailing. The lightly tumbled white brick façade is coupled with a smooth cast stone base. Window surrounds and bands of the same cast stone, along with iron railings and subtle flairs to the roof slopes, add an ornate quality the home’s elevation. The primarily monochromatic face of the home is complimented by deciduous landscaping that will evolve between seasons. These plantings are employed as focal elements along the meandering front drive and tall retaining walls at the rear terrace, softening the expanse and scale of both.

Services

  • Land Planning & Feasibility
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration

Credits

  • Hoachlander Davis Photography

McLean Estate

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