Walker Road House in Great Falls

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Walker Road House in Great Falls

American Residential Development in Fairfax County, Virginia – design by whipple^russell architects

Feb 27 + 26, 2016

Walker Road House

Design: whipple^russell architects

Location: Great Falls, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA

Walker Road House

The three-story Walker Road House sits on five acres atop a small hill at the end of a winding drive in the Great Falls area of Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C. The clients were familiar with Marc’s West Coast work and wanted his talent for framing vistas brought to their view of treetops and distant valleys. They also wanted an economical, modern house of a certain size, and left Marc to design a floor plan that was simple, beautiful, and livable.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

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The area features mainly traditional homes, but the site being so large, with no close neighbors, the clients felt free to build a fully modern home with lots of glass, through which to enjoy the spectacular sights of the changing seasons.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Those changing seasons were a consideration in the design. Unlike building for his signature West Coast lifestyle, steps were taken to provide for the harsh climate – hot and humid in summer, lots of rain and snow in winter. Dualpane high efficiency glass by Western Window Systems was used throughout, and a geo-thermal heating and cooling system installed. Due to the cold, frost line foundations were deeper and all structural systems were strengthened to accommodate a snow load on the roof. The exterior materials are white plaster and horizontal stacked stone and what looks like wood on the exterior is actually porcelain tile, chosen for its warm look and practicality, as it will better withstand harsh weather.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Glass screens surround the second floor terrace in place of guardrails adding a floating quality to the design. This is an unusual construction element in the East, as special consideration must be made for contraction in cold weather.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

The 6,700 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 4½ bath house is organized around a central volume filled by the solid walnut staircase which goes from the main floor up to the master suite, and down to the two teenager’s bedrooms on the lower level. Due to the sloping grade, the house is entered from the street side onto the main level, but exited on the lower level at the back of the house onto the patio and pool area – what is called a “walk-out” basement. There is also a guest bedroom on the main level at the back of the house and a home office tucked away in a quiet spot next to the garage.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

The interiors and surfaces embrace crisp edges and natural tones complementing the house’s modernist lines.
Large format (48×48) dark grey concrete-finish porcelain tile is seen throughout the main living area and terrace.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

The kitchen and breakfast bar area features Poliform cabinets of lacquer and wood veneer, white Caesarstone countertops, and appliances by Miele. Between the dining room and the library/lounge there is a sleek peninsula holding a fireplace by Ecosmart that is fueled by ethanol. The Master Suite occupies the top floor, quieted with neutral carpeting and warmed with accent walls in walnut. The downstairs dark porcelain tile is repeated in the double master bath and dressing area where porcelain fixtures are from Badeloft and Blu Bathworks provided the faucet fixtures.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

The overall design is a modernist play of thin horizontals and sturdy verticals alternated with glass, perfectly balanced over the sloping terrain. The effect is at once eye-catchingly bold and harmonious with the surrounding.

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Walker Road House in Great Falls – Building Information

Architect: Marc Whipple AIA
Contractor: SugarOak
Structural Engineer: Ehlert Bryan
Cabinets: Poliform USA
Doors, Windows: Western Window Systems

Walker Road House

Walker Road House

Photographer: William MacCollum

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