Milleens is sited on a high ridge with a 53° slope to the water on the right and a deep ravine on the left. The five-acre site is completely wooded and special care was taken to protect the trees and environment throughout the project. To further minimize disturbance, grades were not changed and the home was designed to take full advantage of the site’s natural topography. All structures are anchored with a natural stone base and exterior materials include fir timber framing, fir ceilings, shingle siding, a partial metal roof and corten steel walls. Interior finishes include reclaimed heart pine floors, Douglas fir trim, dry-stacked stone, rustic cherry cabinets and soapstone counters. White Oak harvested from the home site was used for the fireplace mantle, bathroom counter, outdoor benches and select furniture. The visually powerful twin pavilions were born from the need for level ground and parking on an otherwise challenging site. Dirt excavated from the main home provided the fill for the foundation of the pavilions while sustainable materials such as concrete, stone, metal, and wood contribute to their natural appearance. Aside from their most obvious use, the pavilions were always intended as multi-use spaces. With water, electricity, lighting and a hidden generator, the pavilions are ideal for family gatherings, viewing nature and any outdoor endeavor requiring some protection from the elements. Additional exterior spaces include a timber frame porch, fire pit stone patio with commanding views of the Occoquan reservoir, a breezeway connecting the garage to the main home, and a second porch that overlooks the ravine. Energy-saving features include LED lighting, on-demand gas water heating and special hybrid insulation. Smart technology helps manage and control the entire house.