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A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

Record House Revisited, Owings Mills, MD.

Record House Revisited, Owings Mills, MD.

  • An allee of walnut casework defines the public areas.

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    An allee of walnut casework defines the public areas.

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    Paul Warchol

    An allee of walnut casework defines the public areas.

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    A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

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    Paul Warchol

    A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

  • The smooth opalescence of Corian casework in the kitchen, mudroom, and bath is a textural counterpoint to the white brick and plaster.

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    The smooth opalescence of Corian casework in the kitchen, mudroom, and bath is a textural counterpoint to the white brick and plaster.

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    Paul Warchol

    The smooth opalescence of Corian casework in the kitchen, mudroom, and bath is a textural counterpoint to the white brick and plaster.

  • Removing all the interior walls revealed floor-to-ceiling window openings that couldnt be experienced in the original plan.

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    Removing all the interior walls revealed floor-to-ceiling window openings that couldnt be experienced in the original plan.

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    Paul Warchol

    Removing all the interior walls revealed floor-to-ceiling window openings that couldnt be experienced in the original plan.

  • The skylight-encircled chimney stands as an obelisk.

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    The skylight-encircled chimney stands as an obelisk.

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    Paul Warchol

    The skylight-encircled chimney stands as an obelisk.

  • The glassy living spaces open to a full-length deck.

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    The glassy living spaces open to a full-length deck.

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    Paul Warchol

    The glassy living spaces open to a full-length deck.

  • Site plan for the project.

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    Site plan for the project.

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    Ron Southwick

    Site plan for the project.

  • The opposite view from the glass entryway, looking toward the public area from the bedroom pavilion.

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    The opposite view from the glass entryway, looking toward the public area from the bedroom pavilion.

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    Paul Warchol

    The opposite view from the glass entryway, looking toward the public area from the bedroom pavilion.

david jameson architect
alexandria, va.

Bringing a notable 1969 house up to today’s standards can be a delicate maneuver, but this one succeeds on the strength of a central idea: the elegant mixing of materials that both define and weave together the new floor plan.

“Going into this project, we had no idea that what we ended up with was possible,” says David Jameson, FAIA, of the house designed by Charles H. Richter. While the exterior was beautifully detailed, both living pavilions contained a clutter of rooms that defied the structure’s simplicity. Liberation came from the existing truss roof system, which allowed Jameson to make a clean sweep of the interior.

Two dramatic moves opened up the floor plan while also respecting the building’s character. One was to expose the skylight ring around the chimney so that it reads as an obelisk, anchoring the entire composition. The other was the use of bold contrasts to organize space. Flat-sawn walnut floors and quarter-sawn walnut casework wrap the living areas. Cabinetry and countertops are sanded Corian. “We thought, let’s find this voiceless casework that relates to the white brick and plaster ceilings,” Jameson says. “Corian has the luminosity of an eggshell juxtaposed with the brick. Those materials were a way of repositioning the house as organic and part of woods, and also tectonic and driven by the architecture.” Commented a judge: “It’s spectacular the way the different materials come together.”


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product details

bathroom cabinets, countertops, and kitchen cabinets: Potomac Woodwork, www.potomacwoodwork.net; bathroom fittings: Hansgrohe, www.hansgrohe-usa.com; cooktop and oven: Miele, www.mieleusa.com; garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Accurate, www.accuratelockandhardware.com; kitchen fittings: KWC, www.kwcamerica.com; kitchen fixtures: Blanco America, www.blancoamerica.com; lighting fixtures: Wever & Ducré, www.wever-ducre.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero.com