A northwest suburb of Washington, D.C., Bethesda is a hub of young professionals and diplomats. The Bethesda residence contrasts the classic colonial neighborhood with a dark color palette and the inclusion of reSAWN’s MATSU shou sugi ban Accoya wood. Using a dark gray coupled with the black shou sugi ban wood siding, Anne Decker Architects lightened the mood of the house with the inclusion of large windows.

The front of the house is minimalist with a single tree and a trellis supporting ivy against the MATSU cladded garage. Continuing around the garage towards the back yard, a hidden garden is found among the shou sugi ban Accoya, and the garden includes a fountain, sitting area, and succulents. While the gray accents and large wall of charred black wood are the main features of the back of the house, a large porch area, a pergola, a large yard, and a pool add a classic suburb feel to the back yard.

CHARRED using the ancient Japanese technique of shou sugi ban, MATSU has another layer of protection from water, insect, and rot. The burning of Accoya® takes the incredibly durable wood and carbonizes the exterior layer, which causes the cells to resist the moisture absorption process. MATSU is fully charred and then finished without brushing off the soft charcoal layer. This charcoal layer is a sacrificial wear layer that will flake over time to reveal blackened cypress underneath with variations in color from grey to brown tones and over time more grey tones.

ANNE DECKER ARCHITECTS designs well-crafted homes and additions that enrich and inform a sense of place. Sensitivity to scale, simplicity of form, and attention to detail characterize the quality of their nationally recognized work. Anne Decker’s award-winning projects have been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Period Homes, New Old House, Residential Architect and Custom Home. With over twenty years of experience designing timeless residences, Anne and her team believe that intimate and open collaboration with each client makes a project successful, ensuring that each home represents the unique vision of its owner.

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  • Anne Decker Architects


  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2017