Gardner Mohr Architects LLC
Architects & Designers
treehouse modern-exterior


Photo by Amy Gardner

This house, built in the 1960s, sits southfacing on a terrific wooded lot in Bethesda, Maryland.

The owners desire a whole-house renovation which would improve the general building fabric and systems, and extend the sense of living out of doors in all seasons.

The original sixties-modern character is preserved and the renovation extends the design forward into a contemporary, modern approach. Connections to and through the site are enhanced through the creation of new larger window and door openings.

Screened porches and decks perch above the sloped and wooded site. The new kitchen and bathrooms allow for opportunities to feel out-of -doors while preparing, cooking, dining, and bathing.

Smart passive strategies guide the environmental choices for this project, including envelope improvements, updated mechanical systems, and on-site stormwater management.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

malico1 added this to Signal Mountain House
February 9, 2014
Like: Exterior mix of materials and color. Elevated back deck with cable railing and partial roof. Kept tree. Use of slope for basement bedrooms - if less costly than adding rooms upstairs. Do Not Like: brick
arlenebruhn added this to arlenebruhn's ideas
October 25, 2013
Here's a house that is integrated with the natural environment. And they said "it can't be done!" Looking forward to seeing it. Looking forward to meeting architects who clearly respect the land on which they build.
eepinannap added this to Exterior Ideas
September 17, 2013
Looks like our house!
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