About This Project
Modeled after the historic German Sunday House of Fredricksburg, this contemporary version embraces amenities and color while maintaining authentic massing and detailing: German rockwork, timber lintels and metal roof.
The 1,635-square-foot home includes the following sustainable design features: on-demand water heating, a Rumford fireplace that heats with wood from the property, a galvalume roof that reflects heat combined with radiant barrier decking, a 17.0 SEER high-efficiency heat pump with programmable thermostat, wood windows with Low-E glazing, east-west orientation for maximum south exposure, sun-shading porches on the south and west that protect the majority of windows, windows placed for maximum cross-ventilation, water-conserving plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient appliances, fluorescent and low-voltage light fixtures, low-maintenance fiber cement siding and trim, natural stone walkways and water catchment, while sited with minimal removal of major trees.
The overall compound design includes a 1520-square-foot carport with storage and workspaces anchoring each end. Sliding barn doors on both exposures turn the garage into an entertainment pavilion. A small tower provides a link between the house and carport while acting as the entry gateway.
Photography by Charles Davis Smith, AIA