Update: Camusrory

Spring is in bloom and so is the construction on this new house on the Shenandoah River. Take a look at these photo(s) from our own Nathan Webb.

View from the field of Bluebells.

For details on the bark siding be sure to visit our friends at Barkhouse.

Architecture detail

Monumental stair view

Kitchen Design


Progress: Modern Craftsman Mountain House

The winter has been rough, but the progress on this new residence has been steady. Here are a few images provided by the client from out at the site.

Walls are being framed on top of the foundation walls.

Framing is complete and the exterior sheathing is on. The house is taking shape on its steeply sloped, heavily wooded, rural site.

Here is a view from the front entrance porch. It was a very exciting construction week because the windows were installed.

Here is a view from the master bedroom looking out over the mountains for a great view of the surrounding woods.

Large floor-to-ceiling windows maximize daylight and views of the surrounding landscape.

Shenandoah County Farm House

Overlooking the rolling hills in Shenandoah County sits a small historic farmhouse. The farmhouse is getting a facelift, to put it mildly, and a large addition which echoes the form of the original house. The renovation and addition will accommodate modern family life. And, yes, that’s a backhoe under the existing house. It was put to work inserting a new ten-foot high basement. Whoa!


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Beautiful wall made of reclaimed/ repurposed wood at the entry. A new “flying staircase” will be installed above.

Blue Ridge Mountain House

This new house is going up in Loudoun County on a wooded site bordering the Appalachian Trail. Photography by Lauten Construction

The site has been cleared and the concrete footings are poured.

Formwork is set in place for the concrete foundation walls.

Two floors of framing and sheathing are up.

Here is a view looking up at the massive widows of the master bedroom and living room.

Progress: Camusrory

Camusrory – is coming along.  Here are some photo(s) from the builder Houseworks LLC of the current progress.

View from the living room out toward the Shenandoah River.

Monumental StaircaseThe monumental staircase that also serves as a sitting and outside entertaining space.

Staircase seatingThree dudes on a stair. Owner, Builder, Architect.

Bark sidingThe bark siding has made its way into the interior. A strong material, both inside and out, from our friends at Barkhouse.


Loggerheads Cabin

A tiny but mighty cabin project is well underway in the bucolic countryside of Rappahannock County, Virginia. Our clients purchased a dilapidated log cabin outside of “Little Washington” with a vision of living in rustic minimalism with great potential for outdoor living. In the picture below, the chinking in the old log cabin has been removed to make way for the new.


We fully embraced the client’s need for connection to the outdoors and light filled spaces while respecting the scale of the existing cabin.


Remodeling and Home Design

So this happened…

Mary Jo Bowing, editorial writer for Houzz, was impressed with the “Loft Upon Cork” house(s).  So much so, she decided to do an interview with Chuck and write up a feature on Houzz.

Interiors, exteriors, and details are up on Houzz.  Some of our projects are up, but the “Full Monty” of architectural projects can still be found here on our site.


Modern Craftsman Mountain House

For this project our clients found their ideal piece of land on top of a wooded ridge in the hills of West Virginia – not far from Romney.

This is Chuck “channeling the spirit of the site.”

The initial SketchUp mass model anchors the entry to the top of the hill. As you move to the living space you find yourself at eye level with the tree tops (trees not shown for clarity).

Our clients became interested in the colors of the tree lichen and autumn foliage they saw as they walked the site. With this in mind, we worked with them to develop the palette of color and materials seen in the “color map” elevation below.

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The detailing of the front porch evolved from our clients love of Gustav Stickley’s furniture design and the Craftsman Movement. The porch walls will be clad with poplar bark shingles.

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concrete footing

The foundation walls are in place and the view from the top of the hill starts to reveal itself.

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