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Design through the Decades

Over the past 20 years, Home & Design has published hundreds of outstanding homes and gardens, all created by talented local designers. Below, we present a sampling of beautiful projects that have graced our pages.


ROMANTIC RETREAT   Scott Brinitzer designed the landscape surrounding a Lewes, Delaware, home in the style of a Tuscan estate. Outdoor “rooms” offer dining and lounging areas, while lush beds envelop a swimming pool, spa and stucco-clad spring house (pictured). Chaise longues and umbrellas beckon. Landscape Architecture: Scott Brinitzer Design Associates. Roger Foley, 2008.

BALANCING ACT   Richard Williams and team conceived a “modern farmhouse” in Victorian-era Garrett Park, Maryland, balancing contemporary and traditional elements to harmonious effect. Pitched roofs and cedar siding blend into the neighborhood, while clean lines complement a minimalist pool and garden. Walls of fir-trimmed windows admit light to open, airy interiors. Architecture: Richard Williams Architects. Landscape Architecture: Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect. Contractor: Horizon Builders. Tom Arban, 2015.

ETERNAL STYLE   An eclectic art collection informed the design of a Kalorama apartment by Raji Radhakrishnan, who bridged styles, centuries and continents to enhance contemporary interiors in a neighborhood of vintage homes. In the open-plan living area (above), she created a mural by digitally enlarging a photograph of an 18th-century painting, juxtaposing it with a sleek custom dining table and vintage chairs. Interior Design: Raji RM & Associates. Rikki Snyder, 2016.

A HOUSE CREATED   An Old World aesthetic characterized designer Arlene Critzos’ former custom estate home near Annapolis. In the formal living room (pictured), a neutral palette offset furnishings and art from different periods and countries; highlights included an oversized 18th-century sofa upholstered in caramel velvet and silk. Enormous windows overlooked Whitehall Creek. Architecture: Riegel Design Studio. Interior Design: Interior Concepts, Inc. Contractor: Lundberg Builders. Gordon Beall, 2006.

VAULTED MODERNISM   Nestled amid Cleveland Park Victorians, a mid-century house designed in 1960 by the late I.M. Pei stands out for its unique architecture: three barrel vaults overlooking a backyard pool (pictured). When new owners purchased the house, they tapped architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen for a careful update that would respect Pei’s original design while improving modern-day functionality. Renovation Architecture: Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Architect. Landscape Architecture: Graham Landscape Architecture. Bob Narod, 2008.

HIDDEN GEM   Hired to transform an outmoded 1950s split-level in DC’s Forest Hills, Nestor Santa-Cruz embraced modern design principles, opening the house up to nature via enlarged windows and doors and creating flow between rooms. In the dining room (pictured), casual and formal elements blend with Directoire seating punctuated by Philippe Starck Ghost chairs and a Mondrian-esque ceiling treatment. Bleached-wood floors unify the spaces. Interior Design: Nestor Santa-Cruz Decoration. Angie Seckinger, 2015.

GLASS HOUSE   Constructed of steel, stone and abundant glass, a modern retreat on the Magothy River near Annapolis captures a sense of calm. Designed by architect Scarlett Breeding, the house embraces traditional forms—but wall and roof planes have been exchanged for glass. The master bath leads to an outdoor shower and hot tub (pictured) installed in stone. Architecture: Alt Breeding Associates Architecture. Landscape Architecture: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects. Contractor: Pyramid Builders. David Burroughs, 2015.

ODE TO PLACE   A painstaking renovation honored a storied, 200-year-old Georgetown manse while improving its layout and functionality. Architect Anthony Barnes and interior designer Patrick Sutton also enhanced the home’s classical aesthetic; the kitchen (pictured) combines clean lines with traditional elements, featuring custom cabinetry and a penny-tile backsplash. A Baker chandelier hangs above a breakfast table crafted by Mitchell Yanosky. Renovation Architecture: Barnes Vanze. Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Contractor: Pyramid Builders. Max Kim-Bee, 2018.

GRAND RETREAT   McHale Landscape Design created a stately garden enveloping a 19th-century home in Easton, Maryland. A central fountain anchors four quadrants: a rose garden, an exotic garden, a croquet lawn and a free-form wilderness. Walking paths connect the house with its Leeds Creek locale. Pictured: Pink azalea softens the edges of a clearing where lounge chairs take in the view. Winner of the LCA 2016 Decade Award. Landscape Design & Maintenance: McHale Landscape Design. McHale Landscape Design, 2017.

RARE VINTAGE    A client in Northwest DC hired Donald Lococo to create a lower-level wine cellar and gathering spot. The architect reimagined the standard basement space as a stately library, with rows of climate- and humidity-controlled cabinets storing wine behind nearly invisible glass barriers. In an adjacent space, comfortable seating beckons amid millwork and bookshelves. Architecture & Cabinetry Design: Donald Lococo Architects. Contractor: Horizon Builders. Donald Lococo, 2016.

RUSTIC + REFINED   Clients building in Bethesda requested a traditional abode with a touch of French Country style. Architect Mark Sullenberger and designer Miriam Dillon combined walnut flooring and cherry paneling in the interiors as a backdrop to the owners’ extensive collection of photography. Pictured: A striking portrait by Richard Avedon creates a focal point in the entry. Architecture & Interior Design: Custom Design Concepts. Contractor: Sandy Spring Builders. Kenneth M. Wyner, 2010.

WETLANDS IDYLL   After years of visiting Rehoboth Beach, a Bethesda couple decided to build a vacation home on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Amy Gardner and Brittany Williams, whose practice focuses on sustainable architecture, designed an eco-friendly, L-shaped structure that maximizes views of the picturesque canal and wetlands. The home is centered around a courtyard that shelters it from the elements. Architecture: Gardner Architects. Landscape Architecture: Jordan Honeyman. Contractor: Beachwood, Inc. John Cole, 2016.

URBAN CHIC   What began for Robert Cole and Sophie Prévost as a simple decorating project in an industrial-style Adams Morgan loft grew into a full-blown renovation that removed walls in the two-story, two-bedroom condo, and replaced the kitchen, bathrooms, floors and more. In the finished space, exposed concrete and steel are softened by custom details and a cool silver-and-blue palette. Renovation Architecture & Interior Design: ColePrévost, Inc. Contractor: Added Dimensions. Timothy Bell, 2011.

A CLASSIC REBORN   Expanding a 1970s house in Potomac, Christian Zapatka created an elegant master suite graced with a tray ceiling painted by Lenore Winters Studio. Frank Babb Randolph infused the space with a palette of “icy blue,” from the Persian rug to the silk drapery. A Niermann Weeks chandelier provides a finishing touch. Renovation Architecture: Christian Zapatka LLC. Interior Design: Frank Babb Randolph Interior Design. Renovation Contractor: OC Builders. Gordon Beall, 2016.

CHANGE ARTIST   Paul Sherrill’s 1,000-square-foot apartment in Kalorama’s Altamont building features just three rooms—but they are grand indeed, boasting 10-foot ceilings, soaring windows and two fireplaces. Sherrill, who experiments with scale, style and provenance, deftly mixed modern and traditional elements throughout. In the bedroom (pictured), a contemporary painting hangs over the fireplace and an ornate trunk occupies the foot of the bed. Interior Design: Solis, Betancourt & Sherrill. Gordon Beall, 2016.

POTOMAC PLAYGROUND   Rustic stone pavilions anchor an idyllic Potomac property featuring a boulder-strewn pool scape. Architect Anne Decker designed pavilions that contain guest quarters and a pool house, with an al fresco dining area between the two. Landscape architect Lila Fendrick masterminded the dramatic site and Skip Sroka designed the interiors. Architecture: Anne Decker, AIA. Landscape Architecture: Lila Fendrick Landscape Architecture & Garden Design. Interior Design: Sroka Design. Contractor: Sandy Spring Builders. Kenneth M. Wyner, 2009.

MODERN METAPHOR   After purchasing a Capitol Hill row house, a couple contacted architect Janet Bloomberg to renovate it in open, modern style. Bloomberg’s design—which won an AIA award—centers on a pristine kitchen facing a two-story living/dining space (pictured). A glass wall at the back of the house slides open to access the minimalist walled garden. Renovation Architecture: KUBE Architecture. Landscape Architecture: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects. Contractor: Housecraft, LLC. Greg Powers, 2016.

TWO-PART HARMONY   Images of rising earth and clouds inspired Travis Price’s design of a Bethesda home perched high above the Potomac. Comprised of two separate wings housing living and guest quarters, the structures are capped by angled aluminum roofs that open the interiors to stunning river views. From the terrace, steps lead down to an outdoor dining area. Architecture: Travis Price Architects. Landscape Design: Thomas Tait Gardens. Kenneth M. Wyner, 2010.

ITALIAN ESCAPE   Clients with a circa-1900 home on the Chesapeake Bay asked Wayne Good to transform it in the style of an Italian villa. Erin Paige Pitts designed the interiors while Jay Graham conceived the landscape; it features a pergola (pictured) for enjoying water views. Renovation Architecture: Good Architecture. Interior Design: Erin Paige Pitts Interiors. Landscape Architecture: Moody Graham. Contractor: Winchester. Geoffrey Hodgdon, 2011.

BACK IN TIME   Elegant Palladian architecture inspired a sprawling, weathered-stone home in Virginia’s Albemarle County. Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects designed the residence for clients who requested single-level living, stellar views and a sense of timeless authenticity. Light pours into the solarium (pictured), adjacent to a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling clad in cypress millwork. Architecture & Interior Design: Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Architects. Contractor: Alterra Construction Management. Gordon Beall, 2017.

GEORGIAN REVIVAL   A 1922 mansion on the Severn River boasted a colorful history—including a stint as a monastery. It was in disrepair when new owners hired Charles Anthony to remodel. He restored the core to its original Georgian Revival style, then modernized two flanking wings. Pictured: an indoor resistance pool. Renovation Architecture: Charles E. Anthony Architects, PC. Interior Design: Johnson | Berman Interior Design. Contractor: ILEX Construction. Anne Gummerson, 2011.

ALMOST HEAVEN   Designed by architects Greg Wiedemann and Barbara Sweeney, a modern abode overlooking the Potomac River in West Virginia maintains a small footprint while optimizing river views and respecting its rocky terrain. Steel framework is clad in concrete, glass and ipe; spare, minimalist interiors showcase artwork by the owner, a sculptor. Architecture: Wiedemann Architects LLC. Contractor: Carl Petty Associates, Ltd. Anice Hoachlander, 2017.

SENSE OF HISTORY   When a philanthropic couple purchased Evermay, a historic Georgetown estate, for $22 million, their goal was to create a retreat for celebrating the arts. Architect James Rill and designer Jodi Macklin preserved the Federal-style brick mansion while updating its interiors—including 12 bedrooms, conference rooms and a grand, paneled living room (pictured). Renovation Architecture: Rill Architects. Interior Design: Jodi Macklin.Contractor: B.L. Construction & Remodeling Systems, Inc. Gordon Beall, 2012.

INTO THE LIGHT   A quirky layout challenged Andreas Charalambous’ redesign of a condo on DC’s 14th Street. Just inside the front door, an oddly elevated platform impeded views of the bustling urban scene. Charalambous opened up the space, creating flow into the living area (pictured), with its two-story window wall. Painting the exposed ductwork and concrete white, he made way for vibrant art and decorative accents throughout. Renovation & Interior Design: FORMA Design. Geoffrey Hodgdon, 2016.


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