How to build something transitional/contemporary and still have it fit in the neighborhood – that was the architectural and design challenge for this month’s featured home. This busy working couple with two children were ready to move closer in and wanted something that felt new and clean. We worked with our client and the architect to keep the front of the house very traditionally shaped, but minimized the exterior features – the resulting home won Gold Award Custom Contemporary Home in the Maryland Building Industry Association 2018 awards program.
The exterior of the home has transitional features such as a cantilevered metal portico roof, dark clad windows (almost full height on the first floor), and aluminum panel wrapped around the chimney and rear trellis. On the inside, the floor plan is totally open, creating great family space. Our clients love cooking so the home has both an indoor and outdoor kitchen. Interior trim was kept at a minimum, with a floor-to-ceiling folding door system that brought the screen porch and the outdoor kitchen “inside” when opened and created even larger first floor living space. Some of the features that the family wanted included were a first floor private den/office, a fantastic reading room on the second floor, and a large office and guest suite on the top floor.
This house is a beautiful and special property in the established neighborhood of Somerset, and for the past year the family has loved living in this home that gave them the unique contemporary open feel they wanted, and a great backyard area with a special shed for the family bicycles and other toys. Whether sharing time on the porch or having pancake breakfast, this new home is a huge hit with this family!
Town of Somerset
The Town of Somerset is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Maryland, near its border with Washington, DC, and has an eastern boundary of Chevy Chase and a western boundary of Bethesda.
Somerset’s history dates back to 1890, when five government scientists purchased 50 acres of tobacco farmland from the government for the purpose of setting up a residential community. Five early streets were arranged and remain to this day: Dorset, Warwick, Surrey, Cumberland, and Essex after the English counties. The first home in Somerset was occupied by Dr. Charles A. Crampton in 1893, and by 1905 there were 35 residences; today there are over 400 homes. Somerset has an eclectic mix of homes with historic Victorians, 1960’s split levels, and new homes that range from traditional, transitional, to contemporary. They have a Town Council that requires review and approval of any major renovations or new home construction. The Town boasts a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the Town Hall where activities like yoga, art shows and book clubs are held. The Town of Somerset is proud of their designation of “Tree City USA”, which means they uphold core standards of tree management and maintenance.