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5714 Bradley Blvd
Bethesda MD 20814

Mount Vernon View
New Home in Southern Maryland

This project is a new home in southern Maryland on the Potomac River located directly across from historic Mt. Vernon and surrounded by undisturbed Federal parkland. The challenge of the project was to design a home that took advantage of the unique waterfront site, while respecting the historic view shed. Our client wanted to enjoy the river view, while Mt. Vernon preferred to have the home merge with the natural landscape.

The L-shaped plan steps back from the river behind mature trees, while shaping an outdoor space that engages the sweep of the river. A view of Mt. Vernon is enjoyed on the approach to the home and most interior spaces. The design limits the amount of glazing facing the river to that of the original one-story home and screens the upper portion with a screened porch. Cedar shingles merge with the trees and native stone anchors the home to its unique site.

The design required compliance with Critical Area regulations and historic preservation approval, in consultation with Mt. Vernon. The National Park Service approved the planting of native trees, with the goal of maintaining the woodland character of the property. The design embraces a sustainable agenda including the donation of the dismantled former home for reuse and the use of recycled materials on the interior. The compact design efficiently addresses the program, while accommodating large family gatherings.  A high-efficiency HVAC system, insulation, all LED lighting, natural ventilation, and insulated glazing create a highly energy efficient home.

The Project team includes:

  • Contractor:  Carl Petty Associates
  • Interior Design: Vivian Braunohler, Braunohler Design Associates
  • Photography: Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography LLC
View towards river
View of Mount Vernon
North side of house
West side of house
South side of house
South side of home with rain garden.
Entry from garage
Breakfast Nook and main living space.
Dining area and fireplace
Dining area and Living Room as seen from Kitchen
Kitchen, Dining area as seen from Living Room
Kitchen & Breakfast Nook
Family Room and view to downstairs guest bedroom
Family Room view of river.
Master Bedroom with private porch.
View into Master Bath
Upper hallway to additional bedrooms
Mud/Dog Room
Dusk view.
Mount Vernon