Every time these clients sent me new photos of their custom home under construction on the Shenandoah I gave myself a mental high-five. I designed this home based on two pictures of timber-framed homes they liked, plus a very conceptual floor plan sketch they'd done just to figure out which rooms were adjacent to each other. It's come together beautifully and I will be adding more "after" photos after I see it for myself, all furnished and decorated. Rustic elegance.
"During" photos, spanning a year of construction
To enjoy the river view, the rear of the home will feature lots of glass at the Great Room; a large deck (not yet shown); French doors at the walkout basement; rear facing bay windows in the basement guest room, dining banquette, and master bedroom; and a balcony at the third floor tower.
Check out these timber brackets, assembled by the builder in his shop per structural engineer Alicia McCormick's specifications to me. Detailed drawings of these brackets and their connections to the wall were critical.
Timber-framed homes are expensive, but these clients wanted to duplicate this look on a budget. I designed these timber accents for a few of the house gables. Michael Taylor built them in his shop, along with those load-bearing brackets you saw on the tower, for the balcony. Here are their halves, ready for hanging.
Panoramic photo taken from the catwalk. You can see decorative niches framed into the solid wall to your left, and curved windows in the wall to your right. The niches are mirror images of the windows opposite.
A few "after" photos (more to come)
This home was designed for a retired couple in Shepherdstown and their two sweet dogs. The husband is a chef, so there are pocket doors between the formal and informal zones, practical for dinner parties. Main living space is all on the first floor, while guest bedrooms and baths are in the daylight basement. Plentiful sheltered outdoor living space combined with long lines of sight make this home feel much larger than it actually is.
Here are just a new homes that I've drawn for Mansour Jaribion of Nima Custom Homes. On all of these projects I deal directly with the builder, who is the liaison between me and the homeowners. These designs typically begin with a floor plan sketched by Mansour and approved by the owners. Once I get the sketches I figure out how the building will be structurally assembled (bearing walls, columns, beam lines, etc.), make sure the stairs work to code, and make suggestions and changes along the way, sometimes adjusting the fenestration, building size, the geometry, or the roof planes. It's an efficient team effort that works for everyone involved.