The house is new, but it was built with an old soul. Our clients, who’d admired other French-inspired homes we’ve designed, asked for European influence and sophistication for their home in Washington’s Phillips Park.
We were familiar with the setting, as Barnes Vanze had done the overall neighborhood layout and entitlements for this new development off Foxhall Road in Northwest DC. This particular site is at the edge of the wooded Glover Archbold national park, so we looked for inspiration from the Isle de France, the home counties surrounding Paris whose small country houses retain the city’s urban formality.
In a nod to Parisian town houses, the entry façade is trimmed in limestone over natural stucco walls. The curved entry leads to a sunny gallery that brings the park views into the home’s main family space. The French doors that line the gallery and the adjacent living room open to a long stone terrace and side garden. The L-shaped plan allowed us to keep mature trees and also ensure that each space in the one-room-deep wings would have multiple views outside and plenty of natural light.