Project Description

Country French Custom

This home was designed for a large combined family with a large spread in kid’s ages. The owner’s suite must be on the main floor and five additional bedrooms were needed upstairs. The clients wanted a soft simple stucco French country home with unique accents and flair. It was important to the client to maximize the rear yard as well as keep the existing detached garage to be renovated.

The exterior is real stucco with a stone water-table and accents. To eliminate large expansion joints on the front elevation in the large gables, the stucco was applied of 4” CMU veneer in certain areas. A Synthetic slate roof provides the refined contrast desired from the soft stucco. The dramatic gables with large overhangs open onto the front motor court, while the rear elevation with stair turret provides a softer appearance.

11’ main floor ceilings provide ample height and volume for the different room sizes. The formal spaces of the home are separated from the informal or family spaces. A grand curved oak stair with iron railings greets you when you enter the foyer from the outdoor front motor court. The private owners retreat sits off of a private vestibule with its own rotunda. The Secluded office also provides a quick access to the basement exercise as well as the master bedroom suite (through a hidden door). The master bedroom ceilings are raised an additional 18” to allow for a shallow barreled ceiling.

The family area of the home is just that “for the Family”. A grand family room with stone fireplace and beamed ceilings, provide a solid anchor to the keeping room and kitchen, as well as the screened loggia. A back stair provides direct access from the family area as well as the mudroom, to the bedrooms above.

Probably the finest custom home in McLean, and created from design to delivery by Joy Design + Build. Seven bedrooms, too many baths to recall, five car multiple structure garage and elegant ceiling structures that are hard to forget once seen. Director of Construction, Bob Kamphuis, who was our main point of contact, is a real professional; with keen knowledge of all aspects of his craft, addressing issues as they would arise on the fly, and even taking on work by his own hand when needed. Highly recommended.

Stephen Becker
McLean, Virginia