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c. 1776 Edwards House

c. 1776 Edwards House

In the midst of the Revolutionary war, John Edwards, erected a charming stone farmhouse, high on an earthen mound overlooking his lush 300 acre estate. Over two centuries later, the prominent...

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Cold Springs Farm

Cold Springs Farm

Cold Springs Farm, is an English style c.1780 – 1820 three-bay stone farmhouse where old world charm meets 21st century contemporary innovation. The home has undergone extensive renovation by its...

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The New Old House

The New Old House

Located along Philadelphia's historic Main Line on the edge of Chester County, this new 7,500 square-foot home is the incarnation of one family's search for the perfect old home. What began as dreams...

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2501 Barcelona Addition

2501 Barcelona Addition

Outdoor living, in Florida, is as much a part of the local lifestyle as a clam bake is in New England. Our most recent, major commission began as the expansion of small porch, on a 10 year old, Mediterranean Revival home in Fort Lauderdale. It evolved into new outdoor living and activity space for every member of the family. “Additions and Renovations to houses should look as though they were designed by the original architect and should enhance the original building as a result of the new construction.” Un-named architect. We take this premise very seriously and execute our design and construction work accordingly. Patterns and material selections utilized in the existing residence were the starting point for the design of the addition. Finish selections, consistent with and upgraded from the original, migrate across the project, blurring the line between the new and existing portions of the house. “You’d think I designed the entire building” the original Architect said to me as we neared completion of the project … a pretty nice compliment from one of your peers.

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Small Pond

Small Pond

It was one of those homes that always made me smile, a homestead done right behind a reflecting pond. A modest stone-wrapped cabin with an old tin roof set in a lawn studded with fruit trees. And then the phone rang and I was being asked about a whole house remodel. The potential to screw this up was huge, the budget was so small the building inspectors actually giggled when I told them. An 1850 era log cabin that had been moved to this site in 1900 and added on to subsided into the muck for 50 years and been "stabilized" at 8" out of level in twelve feet. It had been wrapped in asbestos (surprise!)then cedar and then added onto again and again. It had snakes in the crawl and bats in the attic. But it was the heart and soul of this community and an opportunity to do right(and get paid)and have fun doing it.

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Orcas Island House

Orcas Island House

The Orcas Island House combines the inspiration of Japanese vernacular architecture, cost and energy efficient structural insulated panel (SIP) construction, and my clients' desire to build their own...

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58th Street

58th Street

Baran Studio's project was to design a single-family home on an empty lot in a residential district of North Oakland, California.   The form integrates this home into a more formally and...

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San Juan Remodel

San Juan Remodel

The clients had previously asked us to design a weaving studio for them and specifically asked that we completely ignore the look of their existing log and stone veneered home. A few years after the...

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San Juan Cliffside

San Juan Cliffside

The project site is located on a rocky ridge on San Juan Island. The very steep solid rock topography of the site created both design and construction challenges.  One huge issue was designing the...

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1111 House

1111 House

Nestled among a grove of heritage oak trees in Napa Valley, this modern glass-and-redwood house, originally designed in 1950 by highly regarded Bay-area architect, Jack Hillmer, was restored to its...

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Eagle Point

Eagle Point

Living in beauty, without excess.   Fine materials and products were sparingly used to create a dwelling that sits lightly and unobtrusively in the landscape. The result of careful allocation of...

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Miners Refuge

Miners Refuge

The Miner's Refuge, intended as a weekend retreat in the beautiful but often harsh terrain of the Methow, and was designed with these concerns in mind. The building is carefully sited at the base of...

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Classic Horse Country Green

Classic Horse Country Green

The goal of the project was to design a very efficient home that would be consistent with the architectural styles found in Virginia horse country. The design incorporates graceful arches, dormer...

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Fontana Bridge Lake House

Fontana Bridge Lake House

The Fontana Bridge Lake House is located at Fontana Lake in Western North Carolina, quite near the water. Being close to the water is a big amenity but also a challenge to carefully site the house...

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A new house that fits its site like its predecessor

A new house that fits its site like it's predecessor

Our clients bought this site with an existing house that had the somewhat beguiling quality of being lived in-you could just move in, sort of. Unfortunately, it couldn't be cost effectively...

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THACKERAY KITCHEN

THACKERAY KITCHEN

We wanted to dramatically improve the existing narrow kitchen, lack of daylight, limited storage, while creating a cohesive design between the kitchen and the sloped ceiling of the old porch that was...

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Old Fort Cabin

Old Fort Cabin

Our clients are passionate about fly-fishing and site selection for their fishing cabin was very much about relative proximity to a mountain trout stream. Their top priorities included: convenient...

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Capturing the spirit of a very old house

Capturing the spirit of a very old house

Our clients approached us with a desire to renovate a very old farmhouse-early 18th century. We like renovations, but this house was exhausted. The builder and I pointed out to the clients that even...

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MADRONA RESIDENCE

MADRONA RESIDENCE

The program was to create a more beautiful, functional kitchen that was a better gathering space for family and friends. The goal was to better define the entry and living room and create modern...

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Nellysford Mountain Lodge

Nellysford Mountain Lodge

On this project we worked with our clients who live in Florida but wanted to create a country getaway here in Virginia.   This was a dramatic, full home renovation project converting a 1970's vinyl...

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