This project exemplifies balance. The design found a perfect synergy between today’s contemporary lifestyle (a large kitchen and family room and first floor master suite) and the “traditional Maryland home” requested by the client. The program was ambitious: construct a large main house, three-car garage, and a private two-bedroom guesthouse that could also function as a pool house and entertaining space.
The most important balancing act was between the requirements of the program and the creation of a house that was proportional to the land. The design is broken into several small pieces constructed under individual pitched roofs. The new construction features traditional details – Pennsylvania fieldstone and bays with copper roofs, for example – yet the interior is classically modern, exchanging a central hall for an open foyer with a view through to the expansive terrace. The home spills gracefully down a sequence of terraces and steps to maximize the property’s hillside vantage point and views in all directions.