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Entryway - contemporary entryway idea in DC Metro

Woodland ResidenceContemporary Entry, DC Metro

The renovation of the Woodland Residence centered around two basic ideas. The first was to open the house to light and views of the surrounding woods. The second, due to a limited budget, was to minimize the amount of new footprint while retaining as much of the existing structure as possible. The existing house was in dire need of updating. It was a warren of small rooms with long hallways connecting them. This resulted in dark spaces that had little relationship to the exterior. Most of the non bearing walls were demolished in order to allow for a more open concept while dividing the house into clearly defined private and public areas. The new plan is organized around a soaring new cathedral space that cuts through the center of the house, containing the living and family room spaces. A new screened porch extends the family room through a large folding door - completely blurring the line between inside and outside. The other public functions (dining and kitchen) are located adjacently. A massive, off center pivoting door opens to a dramatic entry with views through a new open staircase to the trees beyond. The new floor plan allows for views to the exterior from virtually any position in the house, which reinforces the connection to the outside. The open concept was continued into the kitchen where the decision was made to eliminate all wall cabinets. This allows for oversized windows, unusual in most kitchens, to wrap the corner dissolving the sense of containment. A large, double-loaded island, capped with a single slab of stone, provides the required storage. A bar and beverage center back up to the family room, allowing for graceful gathering around the kitchen. Windows fill as much wall space as possible; the effect is a comfortable, completely light-filled room that feels like it is nestled among the trees. It has proven to be the center of family activity and the heart of the residence. Hoachlander Davis Photography

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Annie Cordova, architect wrote:Feb 26, 2013
Love the stone. Is it slate? If so, what color?

Stephanie Johnston wrote:Jun 17, 2013
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    Moore Architects, PC
    The front door is made by TruStile. Thanks for your interest!
sandydarrellmartin wrote:Jul 5, 2014
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    Moore Architects, PC
    This is a custom wood door. Thank you for your interest in our work!
Sarah wrote:Apr 25, 2015
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    Moore Architects, PC

    These are Restoration Hardware lights from their Rutherford line. Thank you for your interest in our work.

Kate wrote:Oct 12, 2015
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    Moore Architects, PC

    Debbie, if you mean 8' tall, I don't see why you couldn't do so. Thanks!

  • controlfreak

    actually, with a FritsJurgens pivot you could go pretty much as wide or as tall as you'd like (they've installed 20ft wide doors and 20ft high doors).


    The great thing is that the pivot and closer technology is completely mortised into the door itself so you don't have anything in the ceiling or the floor. It's a heavy duty hinge and can take doors up to 1,100lbs. For more information you can go here as well : BetterBuildingHardware

    Exterior doors, systems with double-acting closing function with adjustable closing speed. As versatile as you can get.

terryfox123 wrote:Apr 11, 2016
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    Moore Architects, PC

    This door uses an offset hinge, which handles all of the necessary weight.

clsween1 wrote:Aug 2, 2016
What is the color of the light fixtures and house numbers?

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    Moore Architects, PC

    The exterior fixtures on this home are oil-rubbed bronze. Thank you for your interest in our work!

Glenview Haus – Custom Doors & Wine Cellars wrote:Apr 19, 2017
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    Moore Architects, PC

    Thank you! This door is 1 3/4" thick, as are the majority of the exterior doors that we use. TruStile doesn't provide the frame, but the companies we use the supply our doors do.

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