2018 MBIA Gold Award Winner | Custom Home 7,500-12,500 Sq. Feet

This beautiful shingle-style house was custom-designed to fit the lifestyle of a bustling, active family of 6.  It was important for this house to fit in with the surrounding established neighborhood, so the material palette was developed with tradition in mind. One of the primary design parameters was to develop a large indoor sport court for the kids to enjoy with friends and blow off steam in the winter months.  Having this design parameter in mind, the major challenge was to “disguise” this room from the exterior of the house, which was accomplished beautifully by working with the walk-out natural grade of the lot and creatively stepping the front walls of the house to hide the sport court behind the garage.  What resulted was a well-proportioned front façade without any sacrifices to the livability of the home.

On the interior, the homeowners had a keen eye towards functionality– they wanted the house to fit their busy lifestyles and enable comfortable entertaining.  The first floor features not only an oversized breakfast / sunroom overlooking the rear yard as well as the sport court, but also a large screened porch complete with fireplace and a large rear deck for outdoor living.  Additional amenities on the first floor include a multi-workstation home office and oversized mudroom for storage of all of the family’s active wear—particularly shoes! The interior design of this house also features an abundance of architectural details and really lives up to the comfort and entertaining goals of the homeowners, from the beautiful herringbone hardwood floors in the main Foyer, to custom brass strapping on the kitchen hood and the mahogany butcher block kitchen island top, to the custom millwork and layered trim details throughout.

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Featured Neighborhood | Bannockburn Heights

Bannockburn Heights is on the edge of the Bannockburn neighborhood which sits between River Road and the Cabin John / Clara Barton Parkway to the south of the beltway. The area is very family-friendly, and people enjoy that it has woods and streams in the neighborhood, and is close to the river and canal. Most of the lots are half an acre, and many are larger than that. The name comes from the town of Bannockburn in Scotland. The Battle of Bannockburn took place in 1314 and was a Scottish victory over the English during their wars of independence. The first homes in Bannockburn Heights were built in the late 1930’s. Shopping is close by with the Whole Foods on River Road, Shops at Sumner Place and Westbard Shopping Center, and even closer are the small shops and restaurants in Glen Echo.