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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Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, House Building Type, Butterfly RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material. Main Entrance Photo  of Jafari Residence

Main Entrance

Modern home with Outdoor, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Back Yard, Trees, Landscape Lighting, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. View from terrace to Lake Barcroft Photo 2 of Jafari Residence

View from terrace to Lake Barcroft

Modern home with Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, Butterfly RoofLine, House Building Type, and Metal Roof Material. View from Lake Photo 3 of Jafari Residence

View from Lake

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Sectional, and Gas Burning Fireplace. Great Room Photo 4 of Jafari Residence

Great Room

Modern home with Kitchen, Microwave, Engineered Quartz Counter, Undermount Sink, Ice Maker, Range, Wall Oven, Ceiling Lighting, Stone Tile Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Concrete Floor, Drop In Sink, Dishwasher, Wood Cabinet, Beverage Center, and Recessed Lighting. View towards Kitchen Photo 5 of Jafari Residence

View towards Kitchen

Modern home with Living Room, Sectional, Ceiling Lighting, Ottomans, Recliner, Recessed Lighting, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Concrete Floor. View from Great Room to Lake. Photo 6 of Jafari Residence

View from Great Room to Lake.

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Great Room

Kitchen Photo 8 of Jafari Residence modern home


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Street View

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Lake View

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Entrance Bridge


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