This new old Virginia Style Farmhouse is on one of the few remaining open lots in the historic horse country of Middleburg, Virginia. Our goal for this home was to provide a greener cozy home for a small family while still maintaining a generous enough space for entertaining and a strong link to the outdoors. This house has great pastoral views of the surrounding farms while taking advantage of being accurately located on an east-west axis to maximize passive solar. Other green focuses were super insulation; efficient HVAC, electric and water; and reducing waste by using lumber from the house clearing to build such items as barn doors and bathroom vanities.
The home was also designed to age with its family and be their forever home. The house was planned with two master suites, one being handicapped accessible on the first floor and the second being upstairs located near the younger children. The kitchen is the heart of this home and and will also act as the main dining space with its large farm style table attached to the kitchen island. For more details on this house check our blog post “Sneak Peak of the Middleburg House”. We enjoyed collaborating with the owner on all of the flooring, lighting and wall finishes while incorporating some salvaged and repurposed items to bring this whole package together.
“The Middleburg House” was completed in August 2014.
In 2014 Luke and Laura purchased a historic property and began their own renovation project. Their house and most of the structures on the property were built in 1920 and were in serious disrepair. Over the years they have been restoring the house and out buildings to their original form while trying to maintain the the character and aesthetic of the 1920s era.
"Kindersprings" is currently under construction for Phase 4 (an Addition and new Garage).
This modern day farmhouse was designed with one level living mind. The client was a newly retired couple looking to build their forever home adjacent to their daughter's property. We designed a house with a very open floor plan that would be ideal for entertaining without having separate oversized and unused rooms. The house was designed on a central axis with views of the golf course across the street from the front of the house and views of the pastures and possibly the passing fox hunt out of the rear.
The "new old farmhouse" was designed incorporating old savaged doors and mantels and repurposed lighting. Each room was carefully planned to give place to the clients special family antiques such as a nook for the old family china hutch and the chest with marble top repurposed as a bathroom vanity with vessel sink. We even helped the client commission a custom painted kitchen backsplash which depicts every family member and their beloved animals.
The upstairs was designed for our clients extended family members and out of town guests. There is a "pajama lounge" and a small kitchenette connecting the two guest rooms and a balcony off one of the guest rooms with the most spectacular view of the golf course.
Planning for future and for our clients to age in place we designed a full apartment with separate exterior access and stair for a possible care taker.
We helped with every decision on this house seeing it from conception through decorating and move-in. It was truly a joy to see our clients so happy in their forever home..right next door to their grandchildren!
This house had been added on-to over the years to accommodate our clients growing family, however the main living space of the house was the husbands original bachelor pad that had never been updated. The house had original rustic stained planking and wood work on the interior and old rough sawn salvaged beams and columns from an old barn on the property. Our client's goal for this addition/renovation was to have a more gracious and open kitchen and also add a sunroom. They also wished to reconfigured the laundry area and build a new cubbie area for the kids.
We really enjoyed seeing the transformation of this house as it became a much brighter space. The new design was tied-in to the existing house by using beams from the same old barn, and the original stained planking was painted for a more updated look. We worked closely with the Kitchen Designer to create a true chef's kitchen, complete with a full butler's pantry with close proximity to the parking area for easier grocery loading.
This transformation has definitely been one of our favorites so far!
This recent renovation/addition needed a larger dining room to accommodate a larger number of people. We added a small 8’x16′ addition with a large door/window combo to really brighten the space and make it seem even bigger. Don’t worry not much went to waste…we were able to reconfigure some of the existing windows in the altered upper level space! We added a large flagstone patio to anchor this house to its landscape. This renovation proved that even a small addition can make a huge difference!
The “Coal Scale House” and sheds were built circa 1920 with a later addition in 1954. The structures are adjacent to the railroad and the original train station is just across the street. The building houses an original Fairbanks scale which was used to weigh coal as it came off the railroad or as it was purchased by the locals.
The property was purchased as an investment property by our client in February 2012. The building had been sitting vacant for about 5 years. A few months after the property was purchased, the small town that it resides in began the nomination process to become a Historic District with the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. This allowed the renovation to qualify for tax credits and therefore the Secretary’s Standards for Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction became the driving criteria in the design process.
We restored the building to its original form while adding some modern necessities like an ADA bath, new HVAC system and a new Kitchen. We replaced the one level roof with standing seam metal while removing an unnecessary small shed dormer at the rear and adding a new pitch to give the new bathroom and hall more headroom. Once under construction it was process of discovery as we found things such as a hidden fireplace and safe, old car parts in the walls, exposed rafter tails covered by a previous addition and beautiful oak floors.
We worked with Bre’s Design Studio to create a fitting entry to the building, an entry that could tell the story of the ” Coal Scale House.” By using various hardscapes she was able to define a parking area and depict what would have been the old cart path off the original scale.
The resulting renovation/restoration has turned this once overlooked building into a jewel showcasing its history!
“The Coal Scale House” was completed in September 2013.
Owner: Kinderdown Investment Properties
Contractor: SNL Construction
Landscape Architect: Bre’s Design Studio bresdesign.wordpress.com
This Contemporary Home was in need of some character! The entry point to the house needed to be defined and the kitchen was something less than desirable. The first thing we noticed was that this house needed to capitalize on it’s incredible view (one of the best we’ve seen in Fauquier County).
Inspired by a magazine photo of a very open kitchen with few upper cabinets and lots of glass we were able to expand the postage stamp sized Kitchen into a grand entertaining space overlooking the stunning view. We played upon the contemporary style of the house by adding offset roof lines, lots of glass, opening the floor plan, adding geometric dividing walls, and a new porch with a modern wire railing to keep transparency for the views.