2019 Master Design Awards: Whole House More Than $700,000
authors Kyle Clapham
Poole & Poole Architecture
Project name: The Barn at Walnut Hill
Project location: Rockville, Va.
Square footage before: 6,888
Square footage after: 8,610
Project cost: $1.2 million
After discovering the hay barn while searching for a lot, the clients knew they had to preserve the building and make it their home. Although not technically historic, the barn became an important part of county history, so the owners wanted to respect its original design and blend any exterior changes with the adjacent farmland, a neighborhood of 10 to 60 acre lots that still harvest alfalfa.
Instead of a front porch, the design team chose a covered entry and recessed the actual front door 4 feet into the barn. Small windows on the two rooftop vent shafts act as a welcoming beacon for anyone who enters the neighborhood. Existing wood posts, beams and steel joists were preserved and highlighted, and the striking, two-story volume maintains the impressive scale of the interior.
Siding: LP Smartside
Floor framing: LP Resolute I-Joists
Faucets/showerheads: Delta; Brizo
Automated blinds: Bali
Fans: Big Ass Fans
Light fixtures: Hubbarton Forge; Big Ass Fans
Rugs: Chandra Rugs
Cabinetry: Kitchen Design Inc.
Granite/quartzite: BBG Granite
Steelwork: Ore and Fiber
Photos: Sara Weidner/Eastman Creative, Richmond, Va.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Designer: Tooke Architects
Project name: Beverly Hills Hillside Remodel
Project location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Square footage before: 3,299
Square footage after: 3,661
Project cost: $3.7 million
The original home had five floors, three of which were completed by the previous owner without permits. The first floor was the top story and accessed from the street, and an internal stairway connected the first and second floors. To get to the third floor, one had to leave the second floor, follow a pathway down the hill to the fifth (bottom) floor and take an internal stairway to the fourth and then the third floor. As a result, the new owner had to omit the fourth and fifth floors and could only use 500 square feet of the third floor.
The finished home features wall-to-wall windows on the top two stories and wraparound decks with glass railings on all three stories, inviting the outdoors in and framing stunning views of the city below. Limestone and white oak floors, open-riser stairs with glass railings, numerous skylights and spark linear fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom further enhance the home’s contemporary aesthetic.
Doors: Smith Brothers; Fleetwood
Roofing: All American Roofing
Siding: Exterior Plaster – Merlex
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Decking: Smith Brothers
Railing: Malibu Glass & Mirror
Outdoor appliances: BBQ – HPC
Exhaust hood: Miele
Lighting controls: Lutron
Security system: Axiom
Photos: Cristopher Nolasco, Nolasco Studios
Project name: Cherry Hills Residence
Project location: Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Square footage before: 6,541
Square footage after: 7,660
Project cost: $1.5 million
Interested in a unique uncharacterized style, the client was looking for a design strategy that respected the longstanding neighborhood, without restricting new ideas and modern living. To achieve their vision, the design team focused on balancing the old country club estate aesthetic with a move toward a refined, rural vernacular.
Removing and replacing the second floor was paramount in creating a more stately, upright façade. This also created the opportunity to raise the second floor, providing high ceilings throughout the main level. This offered relief from the original layout and added a more comfortable proportion to the open floor plan. Two gabled jewels adorn the south edge of the home, which round out a functional redesign of the main level. The sensible result combined a new urban chic genre with an old word industrial flair.
Doors: Simpson Door
Tile: Ragno Rewind
Flooring: Reclaimed Designworks
Brick: General Shale Ironworks
Lighting: Schwung Home; The Urban Electric Co.; Visual Comfort & Co.; Curry & Co.; Restoration Hardware
Roofing: Standing Seam Metal
Windows: Western Window Systems
Siding: Horizontal Siding
Locksets/hardware: Baldwin Hardware
Cabinetry: Aspen Leaf; Restoration Hardware
Countertops: Granite Imports; Arizona Tile
Exhaust hood: Zephry
Drawer appliances: Marvel
Lighting controls: Lutron
Photos: Ed LaCasse, LaCasse Photography