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Shepard Residence

A Tale of two facades - The owners of this house had very different opinions about the genre their remade Rambler would ultimately assume. Both were agreed on the size and disposition of the new work. But the final style of the house was very much a point of conjecture. One was a fan of the traditional Revival styles found in Seaside, Florida, a favorite family vacation destination. The other was inspired by a Gabled-Modern vernacular.

Ultimately, the design solution combines both styles into one cohesive composition. Being a corner lot, the home owners preferred the two public facing sides be traditional to better relate with the immediate neighbors and neighborhood. The rear, very much hidden from the public eye, is in sharp contrast. It departs from the other facades in both form and material. The angular rear geometry is a literal reflection of the buildable area limits allowed by zoning. The remaining unbuilt area provided just enough space for a functional garage with much needed storage.

The interiors are a fusion of both Traditional and Contemporary design. The original ground floor was transformed into open-plan living space. The sheer steel open riser stair is suspended by a rod from the ceiling structure and appears to float freely within the interior space.

Reclaimed "Old-Growth" wood is used as an accent material in the 2-story high living room and master suite. Note, in the Master, there is a concealed passage door within the wood paneling to connect with the "Secret Office". The door has a magnetic push latch to access, with no other visible hardware to discern an opening. The office was envisioned as an "out of sight, out of mind" secret retreat from their young children when work demands required quiet work at home space.

Front 3-D View
Rear 3-D View
Ground Floor Plan - Before
Ground Floor Plan - After
Roof Plan - Before
Second Floor Plan - After
Basement Plan - Before
Basement Plan - After
South Elevation - Before
South Elevation - After
East Elevation - Before
East Elevation - After
North Elevation - Before
North Elevation - After
West Elevation - Before
West Elevation - After

    1   Carport
    2   Bedroom
    3   Living
    4   Kitchen
    5   Dining
    6   Mud
    7   1 1/2 - Car Garage
    8   Screen Porch
    9   Deck
   10  Patio
   11  Covered Porch
   12  Split - Foyer Entry

    1   Rec
    2   Laundry
    3   Exercise
    4   Utility
    5   Crawl Storage


    1   Open to Below
    2   Bedroom Suite
    3   Secret Office
    4   Master Suite
    5   Walk-in
    6   Master Bath
    7   Roof Deck
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3300 N. Fairfax Dr.  Ste. 200
Arlington,   Virginia    22201

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