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Modern Shepherdstown weekend home

The Shepherdstown weekend home of a DC couple, burned down one weekend two winters ago.  Fortunately nobody was hurt.  The owners decided to rebuild a modern home on a different portion of the lot, which would provide a nicer view.  A family friend came up with a basic floor plan but had little knowledge of building codes or construction techniques.  I was given her conceptual drawings by the builder, Steve Harris, and had to figure out how to actually design the building to get the interior spaces, and the outdoor aesthetic, that the homeowners wanted. 

Many of the design decisions here (such as the multiple columns inside, the window and door sizes and locations,  the kitchen layout, and the window in the chimney), were made by the family friend.  Sometimes my role in the project process is more practical, less creative -- in this job I was the person who came up with solutions to design problems that didn't meet building codes.  Ultimately if the homeowners are happy then I did my job correctly.  And these homeowners are very happy with the final product.  They spend lots of time on the upper deck which overlooks the slope toward the tennis courts and the Potomac River beyond.

House "for the dogs"

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.

Nima Custom Homes projects - new construction

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.


Wye River residence

A waterfront custom home just completed in Queen Anne's County for some past clients.  The first custom home I designed when I went into business in 1998 - a two-story farmhouse style on Braddock Mountain - was for this couple, who are now starting to think about retirement and living in a single story cottage.