mcinturff architects
bethesda, md.

A pin-oak allee leading to nowhere set up a drum roll on this small farm. The owners planted it in 1994, letting it grow to create a place for their future house. Architect Mark McInturff’s finishing flourish is an elevated box that neatly sidesteps the axis, “like a bull with a cape.” The house’s carport and second-story porch straddle the drive, so you can look down its length. Lifting the living spaces also lengthened views of the rolling landscape. A judge pronounced it “too sweet for words,” adding, “The porch is wonderful. Couldn’t you spend a day reading right there?”

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product details

bathroom fixtures: Blanco America,, Kohler,, KWC,; ceiling fans: Modern Fan Co.,; cooktop and oven: Miele,; countertops: Caesarstone,; dishwasher and refrigerator: Bosch,; exterior siding: ATAS International,, James Hardie Building Products,; flooring (ceramic tile, stone, or concrete): Ergon,; lighting fixtures: Bruck Lighting Systems,, Cooper Lighting,, Ginger,, Lightolier,; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore,; skylights: Velux,; windows: Pella,