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Masion Defensive
Maison Defensive

The owner's privacy and lifestyle were disrupted when four adjacent houses were pushed over and replaced with oversized speculative homes. The architect responded with a defensive design inspired by site-specific conditions and the owner's list of needs.

The original mid-century rambler was renovated and a series of modest additions added, arranged in such a manner as to shield the owner from unwanted views and noise. A semi private outdoor room merges smoothly into the main body of the house's sunlit core.
 
 
The Riverbend Residence
Riverbend Residence

This weekend residence was built "around a sweeping bend in Virginia's Shenandoah River, designed to defer to the region's natural beauty and draws on its building tradition. Unpretentious materials, used in unexpected ways, give the house a sense of rustic sophistication."
- Custom Home Magazine
 
 
The McGrath Home
Guard McGrath Residence

Honor Award, Maryland State - American Institute of Architects
Design Citation Award, Potomac Valley Chapter - American Institute of Architects

"I love this project. It spoke to all of us right from the beginning. This was an amazingly elegant building and achieved its power and strength just for the honest use of materials, the honest expression of space, and the minimal means. It's just a lovely, lively space. It makes you want to visit. Very comfortable and beautiful views." -Jury Comment
 
 
The Riverbend Residence
Riverbend Residence

This weekend residence was built "around a sweeping bend in Virginia's Shenandoah River, designed to defer to the region's natural beauty and draws on its building tradition. Unpretentious materials, used in unexpected ways, give the house a sense of rustic sophistication."
- Custom Home Magazine
 
 
The McGrath Parents Home

McGrath Addition

The addition to this waterfront house on the Chesapeake Bay responds to the owners' needs for a 2200 square foot house that can serve 50 persons as comfortably as five. The entry addition makes up for its limited size with its height, while the design of the new living room includes elements that ensure a sense of intimacy within its soaring space.
Featured on Dream Builders, HGTV

 
 
The Steinfeld Residence

Steinfeld Rowhouse

A new three-story addition to the 13.3' wide, two-story townhouse includes a skylit central stair that welcomes natural light into all three floors.

Along with a master bedroom with views to the Potomac River, the design adds highly-coveted off-street parking in this dense Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

 
 
The Steinfeld Residence

Melton Residence

This house was an 1080 square foot "shack on the water" on a narrow site on the Chesapeake Bay. Only 420 square feet of new construction was allowed.

The solution achieves a sense of graciousness by combining high spaces with efficient, "shared" spaces. A semiprivate courtyard is created between the main house and the two story accessory building, a familier feature for these Oklahoma natives.