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

view from the driveway to the east

view from the east

view of entry

view from the porch to the Potomac River at dusk

view from the porch to the Potomac River

painting studio

view from living room to porch

view from the northwest at dusk

view from the northwest

view from the northeast

view from the northeast at dusk

view from the northeast (detail)

view from the kitchen out to the Potomac River

view through the living out to the Potomac River

view of kitchen + dining

view of master bathroom

Ridge House from below the ridge to the north


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Interior Design
  • No Worries Carpentry
  • Paul Burk
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2014
  • Square Feet
  • 1200