This traditional colonial house was built in the 1970s and situated on a point overlooking the James River. Though it was structurally sound it took no advantage of its breathtaking setting. Additionally, the house was quite plain, lacking the detail and charm the landscape required. What was needed was a structure that responded to its environment, acknowledging its presence on the river.
We built a new family room in an octagonal shape to recall the bend in the river below. This room adjoins a new kitchen through a breakfast room that opens on to a raised, blue stone terrace. The kitchen includes custom-built cherry cabinets with beaded, inset doors and stone counters. A new open stairway was added leading to the attic to give the impression on a third story. The cornices and columns on the two-story front porch were modified to give it a more authentic, 18th century appearance. A new terrace was added overlooking the river with walls retaining raised planters.