Mérida Courtyard House
This project was featured in the August 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. We were enlisted by Los Angeles designers Robert Willson and David Serrano to bring order, light, and modern amenities to this ruinous 19th-century Mexican residence. To accomplish that we kept the three original rooms and added guest rooms, a new kitchen, a dining room, a pool, and a master suite that is now connected to the rest of the house.
Hollywood Hills Modern
This classic 1950's California rancher was once owned by William C. Boyd, the actor who portrayed Hopalong Cassidy. We renovated the main house, the garage/studio, and the 1980's guest house designed by Frederick Fisher.
A 1980’s condominium was gutted to the studs and room defining walls were removed. An open loft-style living space was created with a social kitchen open to the living and dining areas. Instead of walls, freestanding custom cabinetry defines the limits of the new kitchen.
Whitehall Creek Modern
A modern and efficient GOLD certified Green home on a heavily wooded site on Whitehall Creek. Two story glass walls capture the creek views and bring the natural landscape indoors.
A 1970's ranch house designed by Y. Toshimoto included a detached studio. Dark, uninviting and not capturing the view of a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the frame studio was removed. The new studio is built on top of the existing foundation and connected to the main house. The new fireplace is a ruinous form that flows inside to outside between two spectacular Japanese red maple trees. The steel frame supports a floating fir rafter, purlin, planked ceiling. The architectural goal of the room
Choptank River House
Nothing is better than designing a second home; the whole experience is about giving the client a place to enjoy the tactful, sensual pleasure of living on this earth. The sublime surroundings with panoramic views of the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay framed the design concept for this house. We wanted to capture those views with a seamless flow from the interior to the exterior. Gliding doors flanking the fireplaces disappear between the fireplaces and additional gliding doors in the living
We first worked with the owners to renovate this house soon after they bought the waterfront property. The existing ranch house was completely remade into a two-story symmetrical, classical structure. More recently, after they began to outgrow their home, they contacted us once again to design an addition. A new second floor master bedroom suite was added above the existing garage, and a circular breezeway tower was added to connect the new living quarters to the existing house.
Eastern Shore Farmhouse
This waterfront home on Maryland's Eastern Shore had a great setting and lots of potential. The house had large rooms with high ceilings and period detailing, but it still needed a lot of work and updating.
On the first floor of this new home, all of the major living spaces are organized around a lakefront terrace allowing views of the water from every room. The semi-circular layout of these rooms creates a private outdoor living space that is still open to the expansive view.
Modern Beach Cottage
Like the family that once spent long, golden summers in its embrace, the Barnhart home on Anne Arundel County’s Cypress Creek has matured. The former “little house with a big porch,” as owner Ellen Barnhart describes it, has been replaced by a contemporary hideaway that’s both a retreat for her and a gathering place for her three children and seven grandchildren—a “Zen cottage.”
Sculptural South River Home
One of the most striking features of this home is its sculptural, serpentine staircase leading to an oval cupola with 360-degree views. This stair is about celebrating flow and movement. When a person enters the home, they want to put their hand on the curved handrail and see where it goes. The home’s design evolved from this staircase and tower – the curved elements of the stair contrast with the square or rectilinear forms of other spaces.
Upper West Side Loft
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this renovated loft has a view over the Museum of Natural History to Central Park. Two small apartments were combined into one, creating open spaces that flow seamlessly into one another.
Waterfront Shingle Style
This traditional home has many carefully detailed features. The rounded screened porch has Tuscan columns that seamlessly receive the insect screening. The interior staircase is lit by a large Palladian window. Felsted, the Deer Island home of Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Isaac Bell house in Newport, RI by Stanford White, inspired us to explore the American Shingle Style, a tradition of classic architectural forms assembled in relaxed informality.
Wye River House
Positioned with astonishing views of the Wye River, this two story home blurs the lines between inside and outside space. Two-story screened porches embrace either side of the open kitchen/family room on the first floor and master bedroom on the second floor. On the first floor, corner sliding doors can be completely retracted into wall pockets to merge the living areas with the screened outdoor porches on either side creating one large space.
Bay View Home
This home is perched on a 100 foot high bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay's deepwater shipping channel. It features large expanses of fixed and operable glass windows, but also utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system and a photovoltaic solar panel array to minimize its carbon footprint.
Arts & Crafts Waterfront Home
Arts & Crafts details add interest and complexity to this waterfront home.
Eastern Shore Kitchen
A kitchen table made from a single slab of slate cantilevers through the window to form an outside dining surface. An amorphous, stucco hood containing ventilation and lighting extends above the range and surrounding food preparation areas. The new fireplace surround and doorway openings of curving, smooth stucco provide a transition from the more formal Arts & Crafts style dining room into the funky, new kitchen.
Eastern Shore Guest House
This small guest cottage was completely renovated. New windows were added to take advantage of the wonderful creek views. The interior was reworked to create an open living space, and areas of the ceiling were expanding into the attic space to create volume and allow for recessed lighting.
This project involved the gutting and rebuilding of an 1840’s Hudson Valley farmhouse. A new kitchen/living space addition on the rear of the farmhouse overlooks a new pond with native plant landscape. The reorganization of the historic farmhouse and new addition very efficiently includes 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and 3 primary living spaces in less than 2000 square feet.