After the owner sold their lake house, the family wanted to bring the water closer to home. They bought this waterfront property on the Potomac River and we constructed a new house on top of the existing bungalow’s footprint.
Architect: Cox Graae & Spack
Landscape Architect: Jordan Honeyman Landscape Architecture LLC
Structural Engineers: Silman
Photographer: Christopher Ambridge (CGS)
Builder Magazine, March 2016
Architecture DC, Summer 2016
One of the items on their wish list was a stone exterior so they could always feel like they were on vacation. The stone and mahogany collide to create a farmhouse-like look, and the floor to ceiling windows establish a breathtaking view of the river and surrounding farmland.
Inside, the residence includes a large living and dining room, a gourmet kitchen and a breakfast room that opens up to an outdoor terrace with a fireplace. So the family could take full advantage of the spectacular views, we constructed a terrace for the study, a patio for the guest suite and roof decks above the first floor.
"The River House is the 'inside-out, outside-in' house."
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"It's like being on vacation all of the time."
The couple was set on having the house be structurally sound, low maintenance and energy efficient. To achieve this, we built a super insulated envelope and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Although the owner was headquartered in Munich for a few months, we kept in close contact with the family via video to help him stay up-to-date with construction. In the end, the family is thrilled with their home and have already made memories to last a lifetime, like watching wildlife through their bedroom telescope and documenting sunsets from their backyard.