Ridge House

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
By GriD
Architect
Interior Design
Builder
  • No Worries Carpentry
Photographer
  • Paul Burk
Location
  • Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2014
  • Square Feet
  • 1200
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Perched on a narrow ridge overlooking the Potomac River, this home was designed to replace a plain, ordinary rancher that was destroyed by fire. Though tragic, the client saw this as an opportunity to re-imagine their humble weekend retreat. As a painter and art historian respectively, they sought a replacement that was modest [$135/SF or <$200K] yet inspiring. Paramount to their programmatic needs was an aspiration for the house to connect and preserve the beauty of the site; permitting nature to permeate the domestic realm.

    The concept - a modern reinterpretation of the vernacular dog trot house found commonly in Appalachia - aligns the more private program along the ridge creating a linear bar running east-west optimizing the long exposures of the building. The public components (kitchen / dining / living) are then shifted towards the spectacular view to the river and the Berkeley Springs & Potomac Railroad below. This singular move creating two overlapping volumes is accentuated in section and amplified by the opposing striations of wood and metal cladding which recalls the fluted rocks so common to the region.

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    view from the west at dusk Photo  of Ridge House modern home

    view from the west at dusk

    view from the driveway to the east Photo 2 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the driveway to the east

    view from the east Photo 3 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the east

    view of entry Photo 4 of Ridge House modern home

    view of entry

    view from the porch to the Potomac River at dusk Photo 5 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the porch to the Potomac River at dusk

    view from the porch to the Potomac River  Photo 6 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the porch to the Potomac River

    painting studio Photo 7 of Ridge House modern home

    painting studio

    view from living room to porch Photo 8 of Ridge House modern home

    view from living room to porch

    view from the northwest at dusk
 Photo 9 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the northwest at dusk

    view from the northwest Photo 10 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the northwest

    view from the northeast Photo 11 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the northeast

    view from the northeast at dusk Photo 12 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the northeast at dusk

    view from the northeast (detail) Photo 13 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the northeast (detail)

    view from the kitchen out to the Potomac River Photo 14 of Ridge House modern home

    view from the kitchen out to the Potomac River

    view through the living out to the Potomac River Photo 15 of Ridge House modern home

    view through the living out to the Potomac River

    view of kitchen + dining Photo 16 of Ridge House modern home

    view of kitchen + dining

    view of master bathroom Photo 17 of Ridge House modern home

    view of master bathroom

    Ridge House from below the ridge to the north Photo 18 of Ridge House modern home

    Ridge House from below the ridge to the north