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.

craftsman mountain house concrete foundation

Pool House

We’re really excited to be working with our friends over at SiteWorks studio and 41 Construction on a new pool / guest house with a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains. Below are a couple of SketchUp renderings which are composites of our building mass model and SiteWorks’ landscape architectural design for the project.

Here are a few construction shots showing 41 Construction’s handiwork. 

Under Construction: Area 51

Here are a few belated construction images from the Area 51 project, by Lodge Construction, Inc. The clients have moved in, so professional project photos shouldn’t be too far away. Enjoy these construction shots for now.

Under Construction: Camusrory

One of our projects, currently being built by Houseworks, LLC is Camusrory – which overlooks the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. The house remains pretty true to the initial schematic SketchUp renderings.

River Facade.

Living / Dining / Kitchen space with exposed trusses – facing the river.

The tartan facade is coming together!

The colors and pattern are inspired by the client’s Scottish clan tartan.

Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses!

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