Mount Vernon View
  Lakefront Home
  Corner Courtyard Residence
  Hawk's Nest
  Modern Retreat in a Rural Hamlet
  Brookmont Home
  A House with a View
  A Stately Home
  Tulip Hills Residence
  House on the Pond
  High Gate
  Ships Point
  Westmoreland Hills Renovation
  Annapolis Historic Home
  Waterfront Farm Main House
  Bright and Airy Kitchen & Family Room
  Royal Oak Renovation
  Mid-Century Makeover
  Addition to Historic Home
  Grand Dame of Chevy Chase
  Waterfront Kitchen
  Colorful Four Square
  Riverside Retreat
  Greenwich Village Loft
  Penthouse with a Feature Stair
  Penthouse with a View
  Bethesda Penthouse
  The Maisonette, Fifth Avenue, New York City
  Highland Farm
  Waterfront Farm
  Pleasant Prospect Farm
  Noyes Children's Library
  Project Design Models
5714 Bradley Blvd
Bethesda MD 20814

Hillside Homes with a View

The project site is a steeply sloping hillside in the Randle Highlands section of SE Washington, east of the Anacostia River.  The land rises sharply from the curb over 30 feet to the apex of the property, where there are distant westerly views of downtown Washington.  A large heritage tree located on one of the lots required preservation and limited the available location for the two homes.


The program was for two single-family residences, each with a program exceeding 10,000sf, including an underground garage for six cars and a 50 ft. long RV.  Our solution was to create a pair of homes that  shared a common entry courtyard, with two levels below grade and three levels above grade, all connected by elevator. Each residence provides car and RV access through a lower level garage and pedestrian entrances off a shared courtyard. Secure access is provided to the large entertainment room from the street level pedestrian entrance and the garage. The in-law living areas include separate bedrooms, bathrooms and care giver's bedroom on the main entry level.  An office is also located on the entry level for a live/work opportunity with direct client access.


The design of each home embraces a sustainable agenda with a state-of-the-art multi zoned HVAC system, LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures and fittings, super insulated walls, green roofs and photovoltaic panels resulting in extremely energy efficient homes. The design takes advantage of the extremely challenging site, creating a compound of two single-family residences.