“Sometimes it’s hard to keep a house together as it gets larger,” says Mark McInturff, FAIA. “Having thematic details is the best way to do it.” Those details are elegantly conceived and executed on this ample center hall Georgian house on a corner urban lot. The most prominent repeating detail is the curved corner, expressed in four-story glory in the entry hall. Ascending from the renovated basement to the renovated attic, “the stair becomes referential,” Mark says. “You can’t move around the house without going through that space, so we made it important.”

The idea started as a way to round the corner on the old dining room, which had been octagonal. The highly crafted curve became part of the detail on the living room and dining room walls, garden walls, and staircase, where it’s rendered in white oak and white-painted steel. “We wanted the stair to be transparent and carry light through the building,” Mark says. “Each landing hovers in the stair tower, projecting the occupants into the garden.” 

A reductive material palette of white brick, black metal, and mahogany windows lends coherence and crispness. Outside, the existing brick was painted white, while the addition’s walls are clad in black metal, and black standing seam metal replaced the failing slate roof. 

The result is a house that, despite its size, seems fluid and uncomplicated.


Architectural Details

Citation

McInturff Architects
Georgian Modern
Washington

Project Credits

Architect: Mark McInturff, FAIA, principal in charge, McInturff Architects, Bethesda, Maryland; Colleen Healey, AIA, project architect, Colleen Healey Architecture, Washington

Builder: Jimmy Loveless, JWL Woodworking, Ijamsville, Maryland

Interior Designer: Kate Ballou, Hendrick Interiors, Washington

Landscape Architect: Lila Fendrick Landscape Architects, Bethesda

Structural Engineer: Norton Consulting Engineers, Bethesda

Metalwork: AK Metal Fabricators, Alexandria, Virginia

Project size: 7,000 square feet

site size: .27 acre

Construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Jennifer Hughes Photography


Key Products

Carpeting: Bloomsburg Carpet

Cladding: Brick; standing seam metal; mahogany

Cooktop/Range/Washer/Dryer: Miele

Countertops: Caesarstone

Doors: Dynamic Architectural

Door Hardware: Rocky Mountain Hardware

Faucets: Blanco, Waterworks, Kohler

Insulation/Housewrap: ZIP System

Lighting: Illuminations

Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero

Sinks: Kohler, Ferguson

Skylights: VELUX

Tub: TOTO, Artica

Vanities: Boffi

Vent Hood: Best

Ventilation: Panasonic

Washer/Dryer: Miele

Windows: Pella


Images


Plans and Drawings

 

Vicinity
After First Floor Plan
Before First Floor Plan

 

After Second Floor

 

Before Second Floor Plan

 

After Third Floor

 

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