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2019 Award Winners


Single-Family Production

Detached Home Over 5,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale


Retreat at McLean & Mehr Farm


McLean, Va.

The farmhouse design is emphasized with clean lines, juxtaposed textures of light, while dry-stack stone adjacent to metal canopies and dark bronze windows add an urban touch. The expansive floor plans are ideal for large families and entertaining. With basement and attic options, these homes can extend from two to four floors of living and gathering space.

A height limit of 35 feet, combined with 10-foot ceiling heights on multiple levels and pitched roofs, required the architects to be ever vigilant to fulfill the design intent within the height limitations. To create wide-open interiors, architects planned extensive glazing and terraces on three levels. A curved, unsupported spiral staircase is the centerpiece, highlighted by double-height windows that carry daylight to the basement. They also create distinct gathering spaces on each floor. A ground-floor suite at the back of the home creates an enclave of privacy for visitors.

From the Judges
The stairway is spectacular and the master bathroom is gorgeous. The judges praised the bar, the kitchen, the shower, the master suite, the details in the walls, and the “very pretty elevation.”  

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