Rill Architects' Retreat in the Woods

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March 14, 2013
"Simple forms and natural materials were key to the design of this home," says Jim Rill, principal of Rill Architects who, along with project manager James Murray, designed a home that draws attention to the wooded surroundings and takes into account the owners’ openness to innovation. Read Full Article
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  The galley kitchen, which features granite counters with patterns reminiscent of tree branches, is open to the entire first floor including the rear glass tower.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    The galley kitchen, which features granite counters with patterns reminiscent of tree branches, is open to the entire first floor including the rear glass tower.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  In the third floor office that doubles as a bird sanctuary, the owners share the magnificent views with their cockatiels. Interior designer Jodi Macklin kept the decor spare and windows unadorned for a clear look at the outdoor setting.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    In the third floor office that doubles as a bird sanctuary, the owners share the magnificent views with their cockatiels. Interior designer Jodi Macklin kept the decor spare and windows unadorned for a clear look at the outdoor setting.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  Third floor dormers with suspended branches create indoor habitats for feathered friends.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    Third floor dormers with suspended branches create indoor habitats for feathered friends.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  Lead architect Jim Rill and project manager James Murray of Rill Architects devised an open stairway plan leading from the foyer to the third floor.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    Lead architect Jim Rill and project manager James Murray of Rill Architects devised an open stairway plan leading from the foyer to the third floor.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  By opening the sliding glass doors, the ground level indoor exercise pool becomes one with nature.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    By opening the sliding glass doors, the ground level indoor exercise pool becomes one with nature.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  Bartlett Tree Service mapped out the property and architects Rill and Murray sited the custom home, saving as many trees as possible.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    Bartlett Tree Service mapped out the property and architects Rill and Murray sited the custom home, saving as many trees as possible.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  A stream runs under the orange entry bridge of the custom home built by Potomac Valley Builders.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    A stream runs under the orange entry bridge of the custom home built by Potomac Valley Builders.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  To accommodate Natural Park Service’s height restrictions, the architects designed a roof deck for stargazing, accessible from the third floor office.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    To accommodate Natural Park Service’s height restrictions, the architects designed a roof deck for stargazing, accessible from the third floor office.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  The rear glass tower glows at night and provides multiple spots to watch sunsets and the flow of the Potomac River.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    The rear glass tower glows at night and provides multiple spots to watch sunsets and the flow of the Potomac River.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  Western Maryland fieldstone outlines the patio and columns surrounding the koi pond.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    Western Maryland fieldstone outlines the patio and columns surrounding the koi pond.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  A bridge overlooking a stream leads from the main house’s kitchen to the garage. Landscape architect Cynthia Ferranto added native species to enhance the habitat.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    A bridge overlooking a stream leads from the main house’s kitchen to the garage. Landscape architect Cynthia Ferranto added native species to enhance the habitat.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  When designing the home, architects Rill and Murray carefully placed the home in the woods to invite wildlife.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn
    When designing the home, architects Rill and Murray carefully placed the home in the woods to invite wildlife.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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