This charming home may be fairly new and big, but it was designed to have the warmth and patina of an old French country cottage. I love the details that Barnes Vanze Architects put into it, from brick floors to beamed ceilings.
It was built for a family in Washington, D.C.’s new Phillips Park, a development planned by Barnes Vanze. Their clients wanted a home that reminded them of the French countryside, and they used photographs of cottages from Normandy to Dordogne as their inspiration.
Take a look!
A New House Inspired by Old French Country Cottages
The architect’s portfolio says “They live in Washington, but their hearts are in France.”
Now their new home reflects that.
“Reclaimed wood, tiles, stone, natural stucco and interior plaster offer patina and familiarity,
while wrought iron details and handmade tile add fine-scaled detail.”
Love the fireplace and built-in bookshelves in the living room.
But what really grabbed my attention was the kitchen:
This is the first photo I saw of the house (below) and was the reason I had to see more:
According to the architect’s portfolio:
The soft country palette and picturesque massing of this new country French cottage speak of “home.” The clipped gables, engaged dormer and belvedere stair tower connect with their inspirational rural examples in France from Normandy to the Dordogne. The use of natural materials, craft, details and scale enrich the experience.
Reclaimed wood, tiles, stone, natural stucco and interior plaster offer patina and familiarity, while wrought-iron details and handmade tile add fine-scaled detail. The entry court welcomes guests but maintains privacy, while the terraces and cascading stairs connect the rear with its National Park views.
Several strong elements anchor the family experiences in the home through the kitchen bay window; library and family room fireplaces; and upper-floor dormers. The gentle palette of natural materials runs seamlessly into the interior and out to the rear terraces, again reinforcing the connection to the landscape.