“My company provides technology that is all about accountability and transparency,” he says. “I wanted this house to have those qualities. I did not just want to blur the lines of inside and outside; I wanted there to be none.”
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With spring right around the corner, this issue showcases award-winning landscape and remodeling projects by the region's top architects, interior designers and landscape professionals. These stunning designs are sure to provide fresh and inspiring ideas for the home. This issue also features the hottest picks in home technology from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The latest in fine furniture is spotlighted and combines style and sophistication.
Further highlights from this issue include “Excellence in Landscaping,” where four award-winning projects deliver alluring outdoor escapes; “Glass House,” where a design team creates a light-filled modern retreat on the Magothy River; “Simply Chic,” where interior designer Erica Burns combines function and period style in a Northwest DC home; “Modern Aerie,” where Patrick Brian Jones revamps a Logan Circle penthouse with a vibrant modern art collection in mind; “River’s Edge,” where Architect Jim Rill and designer Jodi Macklin focus on stunning water vistas in a waterfront renovation and “H&D Luxury Remodeling,” where four custom-home remodeling projects are featured.
An excerpt from “Glass House:”
“It gets better,” whispers architect Scarlett Breeding, touring a new home she designed near Annapolis. Surveying this virtually transparent steel, glass and stone creation with sweeping water views, a visitor wonders what could possibly get any better than this.
The owner assembled a team of experts he knew could create the modern retreat he imagined. Scarlett Breeding, landscape architect Kevin Campion, builder Bret Anderson and interior designer Helen Sullivan had already collaborated on his DC home and other residences. Together, they delved into the project—possibly one of their most challenging to date.
As a starting point, Breeding found inspiration in the local vernacular. “The form comes from the traditional Chesapeake cottage, with its simple gabled roof,” she explains. “There is one gable form in the middle and matching ones on either side. We reduced them to their simplest elements, then subtracted out the roof and wall planes so they became far more transparent, to maximize light and views.” Even the garage doors are glass.
Dormers and skylights create lofty second-story spaces, yet allow the house to maintain a single-story presence. “It has large room volumes but does not feel inappropriate for the neighborhood, which is primarily cottages,” says Breeding.
As always, this issue's Indulgences section tempts everyone with the best of the good life in travel, toys, spring fashion and food. It's an issue you won't want to miss!