“That was the start of the entire effort — a long-term multigeneration mission,” says Tony, who runs his personal authorities contracting agency.
At first, all choices had been on the desk. Renovate the bachelor pad. Discover a new home. Construct the customized house of their desires. It doesn’t matter what, no stairs.
Their house sat on lots that may have cramped a brand new single-story home. So a teardown was crossed off the listing. They toured different locations, however both didn’t love the fashion or the multilevel residing.
We made the largest buy of our lives, sight unseen
“We had been making an attempt to keep away from the steps — single-floor residing is the place it’s at,” says Melissa, an OB/GYN. “The extra we talked about that, our choices had been zero.”
So the pair tapped into the native actual property agent information financial institution and obtained a lead on two adjoining five-acre heaps just a few miles away. They purchased each in 2018 for $2.5 million. A home was already on the land, however a hearth broken it years earlier. The house was by no means repaired and ended up being demolished.
Extra questions posed to the referral community led the household to architect James McDonald, a principal at James McDonald Affiliate Architects, primarily based in Nice Falls.
McDonald had labored with Tony on a small lavatory rework at his earlier house, however this was a extra bold mission. The pair confirmed McDonald photographs of properties they preferred, together with Florida villas.
“They had been in search of one-level residing, a whole lot of interplay between the indoors and the outside, and a spot for his workplace amenities,” McDonald says.
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Throughout a two-hour design charrette (a interval of design or planning exercise), McDonald sketched out the fundamentals of what would develop into a house with a 6,000-square-foot main-floor residing space not counting a full basement, two three-car garages and an indoor swimming pool.
The design course of took a yr. The development lasted 16 months. A number of classes had been discovered alongside the best way.
“I want we had engaged an inside designer earlier within the course of,” says Melissa. “Sure issues turned customized by two inches or two ft, after we may have used commonplace sizes, had we recognized.”
Martha Vicas, a principal at D.C.-based M.S. Vicas Interiors, was chosen to assist shepherd the mission towards completion. Though the Colangelos admit to having barely completely different tastes, Vicas wasn’t vexed.
“It’s uncommon to discover a couple that’s utterly aligned on fashion,” Vicas says. “I attempt to give every individual a little bit of what they need whereas doing what is true for the area.”
A referral from Vicas led the household to the following member of the design staff, Jordan Clough, a senior affiliate at Joseph Richardson Panorama Structure, additionally primarily based in Washington. A part of Clough’s job was graciously framing the expansive home onto the positioning.
“The home is a one-story however has some good measurement to it,” Clough says. “We needed to deliver the home again all the way down to scale within the panorama and soften the transition from the Nice Falls vernacular of horse paddocks.”
Terraced partitions and a stepped-up entrance are bordered by robust native plantings together with river birch and Southern Magnolia bushes, together with catmint and creeping juniper. Future plans embrace a path system for the youngsters.
The household determined to go along with a design-bid-build situation to place the home collectively. The association separates the contracts for design providers and the builder, who on this case was Artisan Builders, primarily based in McLean, Va.
A round motor courtroom supplies entry to the still-evolving property with customized touches beginning on the 11-foot, pivoting entrance door. Tony ties the distinctive gateway again to a put up seen on Pinterest. A barrel ceiling hallway illuminated by hidden cove lighting beckons towards the principle residing space. Melissa’s workplace is to the left and incorporates a tray ceiling and an accent wall coated in an abstract-patterned wallpaper. There’s a mix of built-in drawers and open shelving for storage. Farther down the corridor, there’s a powder room, an elevator to the basement and a coat closet.
All of the flooring on the principle stage are prefinished, engineered European oak. The hallway opens into the nice room, which shares an open plan with the eating room and the kitchen. The good room has 15-foot ceilings with a window wall searching onto the yard. Recessed sliding doorways open onto a framed-in loggia outfitted with electronically managed screens that may be dropped throughout bug season.
The screens turned out to be particularly difficult, as a result of the household room results in an arched loggia, says Steve Yeonas Jr., a associate at Artisan Builders.
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“We needed to search the nation to seek out the display screen that goes up in the midst of the arch,” Yeonas says. “It’s about 20 ft tall and 20 ft extensive, and there was just one man within the nation that may even do it.”
The good room accent wall contains banquette seating on either side of a stone hearth and chimney mixture designed by Vicas.
“We needed to create one thing that we had by no means seen earlier than,” Vicas says. “We settled on a wall of oak slate, limestone and various kinds of customized leather-based and suede panels. The result’s tons of refined texture that drove the design of all the room.”
The lounge has two seating areas with the eating room separating the area from the kitchen. As soon as once more, the household tapped their community and employed the corporate Lobkovich, primarily based in Tysons, Va., to deal with kitchen design duties.
The fridge is Sub-Zero and there are two cooktops each by Wolf, a mix of an induction unit and a 15-inch fuel unit. The double wall ovens are additionally Wolf, and there’s a steam oven by Miele. The dishwashers are Bosch. The kitchen counter tops are quartzite.
J. Paul Lobkovich, president of the kitchen design firm, was tasked with arising with an oven hood that might match the chimney in the lounge.
The hood is taken into account the “face of the kitchen,” as a result of it’s a distinguished characteristic in lots of kitchen designs, Lobkovich says. The kitchen is immediately reverse from the lounge hearth, and “we needed to reflect the design of the fireside with out being literal,” he says. So, we interpreted the design and created a singular steel hood that references the fireside design to offer the area some stability.”
A ‘20-year life cycle’
The proper wing of the home contains two bedrooms for the youngsters, a visitor suite and the principle suite with an exterior door to the loggia. The principle lavatory incorporates a rain bathe in a curbless enclosure with aspect jets and a stand-alone soaking tub. There are two matching painted wooden vanities with nickel inlay trim and quartzite tops. Window coverings in the principle tub had been nixed in alternate for electrochromic home windows that flip frosted on the push of a button.
Managing a teardown to construct a dream home
The left wing of the home contains the twin garages, every with workplace area above. The year-round indoor pool measures 18 by 65 ft and is tucked behind the garages. A Victorian-style greenhouse imported from England stands on the property. There’s additionally a time-telling, customized armillary (a sphere of objects) with markings of the youngsters’s birthdays. The basement features a wine room, play area and residential theater. The Colangelos want to hold the development prices personal, however flipping the completely customized property doesn’t appear to be within the playing cards.
“After we had been making selections about what to do on the home, whether or not it was structural or a design ingredient, we had been desirous about a 20-year life cycle,” says Tony. “We weren’t constrained by the necessity to flip the home — we’re considering strategically, not tactically.”