I met clients Moe and Michelle Jafari in a volunteer program at my children's school. I mentioned that I owned a small architectural firm, and that we were very modern with a tilt to mid- century modern. They said they lived in a mid-century modern in a residential development called Lake Barcroft. They were looking for a waterfront property on which to build their dream home. We went to see a lot that was for sale, but they weren't happy with the views or size, so they didn't pursue it. From that moment, it took five years for them to find the right lot. I got a call from Michelle in late September of 2013 letting me know they'd found a lot with a tear- down, and asked if I was still interested in designing their home.

A critical part of their requirement was that all the main rooms of the new house should face the lake. This was a difficult, because we could not add to the original footprint of the structure without running into problems with the watershed act of Fairfax County.

The Jafaris wanted to have an industrial feel and maintenance- free materials. We primarily used Galvalum for the roof and wall system, cement board for exterior siding and composite concrete floor system for all the levels. The main level (great room) is skewed to catch the maximum diagonal surface area of the lake, but also by having that section of the house skewed , the next- door neighbor to the South West did not lose his view to the lake from his studio.

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Main Entrance

View from terrace to Lake Barcroft

View from Lake

Great Room

View towards Kitchen

View from Great Room to Lake.

Great Room



Street View

Lake View

Entrance Bridge

  • UP Architecture
  • Mario Pareja
  • Suleiman Umar
  • Juan Ramon Morales
  • Jim Konnick Structural Eng.
  • Michael Del Gallo Dw Builders
  • Decorative Steel Adam Curtis Design Weld
  • G&G Welding Inc.
  • Bright Construction Group Landscape
  • BTW Images