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September 21st, 2018

The Family Cabin – Star Tannery Cabin

The Family Cabin, by author and architect Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, is a book that examines the archetype of the cabin. This book includes our Star Tannery Cabin project. Along with our client and the builder, we transformed an old, unheated hunting cabin into a modern getaway.

The project was also featured in the magazine The Best of Fine Homebuilding – Small Homes Cabins and Cottages.

Cover of The Family Cabin book and introduction page

Living room

Kitchen and dining

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Wins an Award

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Park won an Award of Merit in the Planning and Analysis category of the Virginia ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) 2017 Professional and Student Awards Program. The project was submitted by the landscape architecture firm of O’Shea Wilson Siteworks. Our office has enjoyed collaborating with Siteworks on the MSV Master Plan projects for several years now. Click here for more info.

Aerial Rendering by O’Shea Wilson Siteworks

North Mountain Pool House

The Squire project now has a newly completed pool house. The pool house embraces the mountain views and is a great space for entertaining, swimming, and exercising.

Builder: 41 Construction (Marty Niessner)
Landscape architect: O’Shea Wilson Siteworks
Landscape installation: Blue Ridge Landscape & Design

Pool Facade

View of the pool house at night

Murphy bed inside the pool house

2017 Professional Remodeler Magazine Design Awards

We are excited to announce that our Red Gate project received a Bronze Award in the Historical Renovation category in the 2017 Professional Remodeler Design Awards program.

Builder: Lodge Construction
Interior Designer: Jackson + Park Design

Addition, with a view of the mountains

Main floor living space

The Flats @ Bell’s

The Bell’s Project is now complete! Five new luxury apartments were added above the newly remodeled Bell’s Fine Clothing, located on the Loudoun Street pedestrian mall. The west facade of the building is clad with diamond patterned metal shingles and two balconies that allow apartment dwellers views up and down the walking mall. The project received an Award of Merit from Preservation of Historic Winchester in June.

Construction by KEE Construction

Front facade

Interior of the men’s clothing showroom

The Smalls Wall

Large kitchen in one of the new apartments

The five luxury apartments have an array of courtyards and balconies, which offer views of the surrounding historic buildings

Stair Risers Rising Together

The artists Neil and Kerry Stavely of Horse & Hare/Tin Top Art & Handmade have completed a commissioned art work for Das Swartzenreader Haus based on the autobiography of Chuck’s late father, Jim Swartz. The artists crafted thirteen hand-carved and painted wood pieces, which were installed on the risers of the 1968 original staircase at Chuck and Beth’s house.

A folk art book becomes a folk art staircase.

Over and Out

We bid a fondue (fond adieu) to Jeff Ryan as he embarks on a new career opportunity.


If you hear a lighthearted angelic voice answering our phone, that’s Emma Kiser, our new Office Manager. And yes, she’s a Virginia Tech grad!

Cochran’s Lumber

Check out two of our projects on Cochran’s Lumber’s blog: Hillside Modern Farmhouse and 6 Pastures Guest House.

Is it STILL Raining?

Move over, Burberry. Laura and Chuck sport the latest in rain fashion from their, “I forgot my umbrella” line. Available with no arm holes for the grain sack look.

Until next time!