Our clients wanted something that gave the feeling of a Western lodge so they could feel like they were on vacation when they came home. This entire project was designed to use natural materials for the inside and outside that seamlessly transition from one to the other. The master suite is on the first floor; guest rooms and children’s rooms are all on the second floor; gym, theater, and game room are in the lower level. The outside is Arkansas Farmer’s Stone, Cedar Valley shingles from the Pacific Northwest, and vertical grain fir posts and beams from the forests of Northern Maine. The use of the materials and the softness of the design make the home feel warm and inviting. Once through the front door, which was imported from Chile, you look through a 4’ wide stone arch into a Great Room with reclaimed antique oak floors, a vaulted alder wood ceiling supported by the same fir beams we used on the exterior, and your eye continues out the wall of glass at the end of the room to the wooded wonderland that surrounds the property. There are a lot of unique and playful details in the home. Besides the timber frame construction, stone arches, Turkish stone floors, reclaimed antique oak floors, custom cabinets fabricated in Utah, hand carved stair raisers from New Mexico, and a large see-through stone fireplace that separates the Great Room from the Dining Room, there’s a stone shower in the Master Bath. There is a penny fireplace surround in the Hearth Room, the rusted tin ceiling in the Breakfast Room, the bucket sink in the lower level Powder Room, and Wheaties boxes that line the walls of the Gym. All of these unique features let you know that the owners and our entire team worked hard to create a very special place.
Merry-Go-Round Farm sits on a 204-acre promontory, three miles west of the Great Falls, and boasts majestic views of the Potomac River. This special community seamlessly integrates a limited number of luxury, custom-built homes into a carefully-preserved natural setting. The architecture of the homes is tastefully restrained according to guidelines designed by premier area architects. There are only 81 homesites clustered into five separate sections, and homesites average three-quarters of an acre. The beauty of this design allows for large parcels of land to be set aside and thoughtfully managed for the shared enjoyment of the residents and the area’s native flora and fauna. The common grounds include an equestrian center with two well-maintained stables and ample pasture, miles of forest trails for hiking and riding, three small lakes, and several large rolling fields, perfect for picnics in warmer weather and cross-country skiing or sledding in the snow. The history of the property is full of colorful Washington figures, and you can read about Cissy Patterson, Countess Felicia Gizycka, Drew Pearson, Tyler and Bess Abell at this link.