Explore The 2023 Tour Homes
Showcasing Amazing Examples of Modern Architecture Today!
Overbeck Alley’s first residence is the latest iteration of BLDUS’s farm-to-shelter approach to architecture. Composed of an organic kit-of-parts, the new alley dwelling implements healthy, plant-based alternatives to conventional, more carbon-intensive materials: hempwool instead of fiberglass insulation, cork instead of cement board, bamboo plywood instead of dimensional framing, etc.
Designed as an alley rowhouse, the home engages the surrounding public space with a dynamic clerestoried facade and cluster of stacked porches, paying tribute to the neighborhood’s vernacular residential architecture.
The dwelling is crowned by an occupiable roof garden, accessed via a prominently featured exterior staircase, which is threaded between the cork-clad building exterior and a vertical wooden scrim that serves the dual purpose of western glare mitigation and privacy.
images courtesy BLDUS
Architect: Luther Paul Weber, A.I.A.
Interior Design & Decoration: Ioana Todorova Designs, LLC (dba Decorating Den Interiors)
This 2020 Capital COTY award winning project, featured in the May/June 2020 issue of Home & Design magazine (for DC, MD and VA), is a second-floor addition that blends with the existing 1948 classic Colonial abode and its 1980’s rear sunroom addition. Arlington clients tapped Alair Homes to build a new master suite above the existing family room—specifying a clean, modern aesthetic and natural light “pouring in from all directions.”
Architect Luther Paul Weber, AIA—in close collaboration with homeowner and designer Ioana Tzatcheva—accomplished this goal by incorporating unique features that make the light-filled space feel larger than its actual size: floor-to-ceiling windows, a translucent retractable wall, a floating vanity lighted from below, and a vaulted ceiling with indirect lighting emanating from a continuous light box.
A tall bay window, integrated with the family room below, complements the street view. Matching hardwood and tile flooring, a curbless entry and a linear drain in the glass shower enclosure make the two areas appear as one uninterrupted space, when the sliding wall is pulled back. Motorized shades (hidden behind the light box) and blinds provide quick and easy room darkening and privacy. A small adjacent bedroom was turned into a walk-in closet. A freestanding tub anchors the glazed corner wall, allowing the owners to revel in full garden views.
The finished suite is functional and beautiful, realizing the owners’ vision for their home.
images: Allen Russ of Hoachlander Davis Photography
Renovation of existing mid-century split level home with modern rear addition. Existing home felt dis-jointed front to back. The existing living room at the front of the house felt disconnected from the open addition at the rear. The existing foyer opened immediate to the living room and had a closed stair leading to the mid and upper levels. Existing second story was poorly laid out with a single large bedroom and an addition containing a primary suite and bath.
Our design aimed to unite the rear modern addition with the front of the house through new materials and fenestration, a new entry porch, and an extended dormer. Upon entering the home, the foyer and front hall were re-thought, opening both the enclosed stairway and the foyer to the upper level. In addition to new stairs, the existing dormer was extended to create a double height space with an upper window, and the mid-landing on the stairs is now open to the foyer.
The existing living room was transformed into a front hall closet, powder room, office, and pantry for the kitchen.
The existing addition at the rear of the house held a great room and open kitchen which lacked storage. The new kitchen took advantage of the new walk-in pantry and a new coffee station while providing for a larger island, countertops, and range wall.
Upstairs, the project looked to take the existing single bedroom and awkward hallway to the primary suite and revision a double loaded hallway with a new study, guest bedroom and laundry room. The primary suite was re-envisioned with an enlarged bath by taking an existing exterior balcony. The bedroom lacked a view to the ample rear yard, so a new shallow bay window with floor to ceiling windows was added.
The existing bath and bedrooms on the mid-level were renovated. New windows were installed on the front and rear of this level to help tie the building to the modern addition at the rear.
in-progress images courtesy MPR Architecture
Situated in an enviable location close to DC, the existing 2-bedroom brick home needed to be updated to host an active family of four. The kitchen was in the basement and the family slept in two bedrooms in the attic. The new addition hosts an open, two-story high kitchen and ample living area, as well the owners’ suite and a dramatic 3-story staircase, featuring open risers all the way to a stunning open attic with a roof top terrace.
Images: Tod Connell
This mid-century modern revival blends classic MCM architecture with a responsive adaptation to the property. The heart of the home is the kitchen and the entire home is designed for daily entertainment formally, informally, and events. The design of the home is intended to be understated from the street and mind-blowing from the interior to the outdoor living space in the rear.
Images: Dimitri Sagatov
Fully renovated Arlington Bungalow. Only the foundation was and some of the first level framing as kept, all else is new. The basement is fully renovated with one bath and rec room space. The main floor includes an office, mudroom, powder room, and open living and kitchen area. The second floor includes laundry, four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including owner’s suite with private balcony. Third floor loft as office, common area and roof deck with views towards DC and the monuments.
Built in Modern Farmhouse style with white board and baton siding, black clad windows, roofing and rails.
Expansive front porch required county approval for setback relief.
images courtesy Alair Homes
Official rest and refreshment stop Courtesy Green Building Group
Green Building Group is pleased to present the newest Hansborough model. Superior craftsmanship, luxury finishes, and attention to detail are evident throughout this magnificent home featuring a modern combination of Glass, Stone, Stucco, and Wood. The open floor plan of Hansbrough features 10,000-11,064 sq. ft. of living space with oversized rooms perfect for large scale entertaining. The custom Glass front entry doors lead you into the 30ft long Grand Foyer with a modern floating staircase. 10ft ceilings and elaborate ceiling designs on main and upper floors, Pella black modern windows, custom trim, contemporary 8′ tall solid doors and 7.5” white oak engineered floors.
images: BTW Images
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