Modern Magic

AV Architects + Builders designs a sprawling contemporary home to take advantage of its picturesque locale

For a McLean project currently in the works, AV Architects envisioned a contemporary abode (rendered here) with the retreat-like feel of a vacation home. The 8,000-square-foot structure is sited on a sloping half-acre. “It was a challenge to design on this location with functional, picturesque outdoor spaces in mind,” relates principal Francisca Alonso. Sliding-glass doors will connect the dining room to the front porch, while the stair tower will feature expanses of glass bringing in natural light.

Gray, fiber-cement panels will clad the exterior, with cedar accents on the stair tower and front entrance. “At the base of the house, we’ll use ledger stone,” Alonso says. “We’ll incorporate the same stone in the landscaping and walkways.”

Husband and wife team Francisca Alonso, Associate AIA, and Antonio Alonso, AIA, (above) launched their firm in 2001. Their staff of seven completes between four and eight projects a year. Major renovations start at $400,000 while custom homes start at $1 million.

AV Architects + Builders
9903 Georgetown Pike, Suite 201
Great Falls, VA 22066