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big space little kids

Developed by Gardner Mohr Architects LLC, this project in Chevy Chase, Maryland was restricted by zoning to the small footprint of the existing structure. The Owners needed more space for their growing family, and had as their central goal the creation of a vertical circulation zone that would link the upper and lower levels into one contiguous space for ease of raising 3 young children.

A central, skylit atrium was created which allows easy visual and verbal communication between levels, from the kitchen to the upstairs nursery and from the family room to the master bedroom above. A spacious central hall provides ample space for gathering, circulating, tri-cycling and ball bouncing. An outdoor deck provides additional recreational space while enjoying a view of the neighborhood.

The owners, who were also the contractors, used reclaimed and regional woods throughout the interior and exterior of the house. They selected renewable cementitious siding and shingles on the exterior for their ease of maintenance, durability and environmentally sustainable qualities.