A couple who’d once owned an old brick farmhouse in The Plains, Virginia, sought that same feeling when they returned to purchase a land in the hills overlooking the hunt country. Though they loved the rustic simplicity of an old farmhouse, they also entertain frequently, so the new home had to have plenty of modern accommodations.
Instead of designing a single, large structure, we sought to create space through wings that telescope from a smaller, central brick house, making it appear as though additions had been built over time. Another benefit of this linear arrangement is that it provides a broad range of views and vantage points from both inside and outside the house.
Several covered porches provide space for both large gatherings and quiet contemplation as one looks across the landscape. And in another nod to the past, the second floor includes a traditional screened sleeping porch, offering an elevated perspective of the countryside to early risers as the sun dawns.
The design team studiously chose a mix of materials and finishes to support the idea that the house was built over decades rather than months. The oft-repeated question the owners now hear is, “Which part is the addition and which part is renovated?” Their answer is—“It’s all new!”