The bucolic setting of this Modernist Villa on a wooded bluff overlooking a lake belies its inner surburb location minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Built in 1936, the house’s original massing, flat roofs, and minimalist ornamentation were directly inspired by current European Modernism. In recent decades however, additions and remodeling diminished the clarity of the original design.

In taking on an extensive renovation in 2022, RWA sought to return the house to its Bauhaus roots and strengthen connections to its exceptional landscape setting. The scope of work included new windows and doors, new MEP systems, thermal insulation, structural alterations and repairs, and new flooring and finishes throughout. By locating a new large kitchen on the opposite side of the house from its original position, the architects shifted the center of activity to connect at grade to the pool terrace and gym on the West, and to communicate directly to the 2-car garage via a new mudroom.

Project Team:

Richard Williams, FAIA
Nolan Ediger, AIA
Rukhasar Bagwan

Ottati Builders
AE1200 (structural)
Steve Prudhomme, architectural metal
Ferris Custom Cabinetry
Photography by Anice Hoachlander