G+G House

G+G House

Architect
Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location
Falls Church, VA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
© Anice Hoachlander
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Shou Sugi Ban SidingNakamoto Forestry
Bathroom Vanities Noorth
Fiber CementAmerican Fiber Cement
Patina
Garage DoorClopay
Avante®
Glass Doors and WindowsWestern Window Systems
Kitchen and Laundry room Plumbing FixturesDornbracht

Product Spec Sheet
Shou Sugi Ban Siding
Bathroom Vanities
Fiber Cement
Garage Door
Avante® by Clopay
Glass Doors and Windows
Kitchen and Laundry room Plumbing Fixtures

G+G house

Robert M. Gurney Architect as Architects

Lake Barcroft is a 135-acre lake located in Falls Church, Virginia. The community comprises approximately 1,040 homes with 225 houses that share lakefront property. The houses in the community were constructed since 1949, and most employ a ranch style or split-level vernacular. While the lake is located a mere ten miles from the US Capitol, the lakefront community enjoys a psychological reprieve from the urban core of Washington, DC.  The steeply sloping, wooded lot where this new house is constructed, was one of the few remaining vacant waterfront lots at Lake Barcroft.

photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

Woven into the hillside, the house is designed in service to the landscape. Protection of mature trees in combination with strict environmental laws and Resource Protection Area setback requirements guided the siting of the house.   In deference to the ranch houses that surround it, the entry level is almost a full story below the road, allowing the house to have a low, horizontal presence as viewed from the street. The house departs from the “sea of sameness”, incorporating a large glass entry space and modern and durable exterior materials. These include FSC Mahogany siding, Shou Sugi Ban Siding, concrete, weathering steel, Terne-coated stainless steel, and Fiber Cement Panels. These materials are selected to work within the woodland context.

photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

The house becomes a stage for the theatre of nature, fostering an emotional connection to the inherently beautiful lake environment. The presence of the lake is immediately consumed upon entering and is choreographed while descending an open staircase to the double height main living level. Except for one second floor bedroom, all the spaces actively incorporate substantial lake views. Interior spaces are polished and restrained, tranquil and intricate. Wood walls, stone and concrete extend seamlessly to the interior, further enhancing the relationship between the inside and outside.

photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

Flooring materials, including integrally colored, polished concrete are chosen for their durability, easily accommodating the transition from lakefront activities. Large lift and slide apertures provide direct access from most of the spaces. Connectivity to the lake is reinforced as one transitions out from the main living level to an exterior terrace, down to a lawn panel and to the lake via wide lawn steps. An open tower, cantilevered above a concrete wall provides a contemplative vantage point and unobstructed lake views intended to simulate a tree house. 

This project is focused on providing “an experience for the consumer”. The house is designed with respect to the neighborhood while embracing the lake.

photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

Team:

Lead Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Principal; Nicole De Jong, Project Architect

Structural Engineer: United Structural Engineers, inc

Landscape Architect: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects 

Photographer: ©Anice Hoachlander

photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander
photo_credit © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

Materials Used:

Contractor: Potomac Valley Builders, LLC

AV / Lighting Control: Gramophone 

Kitchen and Primary Closet Millwork: Poliform

Custom Built-ins, desk, laundry rm, mudroom: Woods & Style

Plumbing Fixture Supplier/ showroom: KonstUnion

Tile Supplier/ Showroom: Stone Source

Glass Window and Door Supplier: The Sanders Company 

Stair Fabricator: Master Stair Builders

Construction System: Concrete, Wood, Glass

Finishes: Corten Steel, Fiber Cement, Wood

Miele: Kitchen Aplliances

Blanco: Kitchen Sinks

Julien - Home Refinements: Prep Kitchen and Laundry room Sinks

Dornbracht: Kitchen and Laundry room Plumbing Fixtures

noorth: Bathroom Vanities

Fantini: Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures
FSB: Door Hardware (swing)

Halliday Baillie:  Door Hardware (Pocket)
Mockett:  Door Stops (floor mounted)
C.R.L:  Glass door/ shower door hardware 
Eurofase - Multiple Trimless: Recessed Lighting 

American Fiber Cement Corperation - Patina:Fiber Cement
Nakamoto Forestry: Shou Sugi Ban Siding
Clopay - Avante: Garage Door
Western Window systems: Glass Doors and Windows

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