Rill Architects' Retreat in the Woods

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March 14, 2013
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  Third floor dormers with suspended branches create indoor habitats for feathered friends.
    Third floor dormers with suspended branches create indoor habitats for feathered friends.
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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.
    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.
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  By opening the sliding glass doors, the ground level indoor exercise pool becomes one with nature.
    By opening the sliding glass doors, the ground level indoor exercise pool becomes one with nature.
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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.
    Bartlett Tree Service mapped out the property and architects Rill and Murray sited the custom home, saving as many trees as possible.
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  A stream runs under the orange entry bridge of the custom home built by Potomac Valley Builders.
    A stream runs under the orange entry bridge of the custom home built by Potomac Valley Builders.
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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.
    To accommodate Natural Park Service’s height restrictions, the architects designed a roof deck for stargazing, accessible from the third floor office.
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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.
    The rear glass tower glows at night and provides multiple spots to watch sunsets and the flow of the Potomac River.
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  Western Maryland fieldstone outlines the patio and columns surrounding the koi pond.
    Western Maryland fieldstone outlines the patio and columns surrounding the koi pond.
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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.
    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.
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  When designing the home, architects Rill and Murray carefully placed the home in the woods to invite wildlife.
    When designing the home, architects Rill and Murray carefully placed the home in the woods to invite wildlife.
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