Custom Built Loudoun County Home Uses Reclaimed Wood To Unique Effect
“We would do it again in a minute.” That’s a quote from one homeowner about the design-build process of working with Carpenter Beach and sister company, Local Wood. Nothing could be a better endorsement than a happy customer who loves not only their new home, but who even enjoyed the process of building it.
The client wanted a custom built home with the quality and features they adored from homes they knew in their native Scotland. Partnering with Carpenter Beach and Local Wood was the perfect solution. After carefully selecting a lot, construction began a year ago. The wooded mountain site on the edge of western Loudoun County needed to be partially cleared, but rather than haul away the timber, Local Wood harvested the Virginia hardwoods to create materials to be used onsite in the new home. With Local Wood, clients have the ability to custom produce mantles, countertops, flooring, cabinetry, moldings, doors, paneling, wainscoting, and beams from reclaimed and locally harvested wood.
The story of fine craftsmanship using local materials begins at the front door. The solid oak door with “speak easy” hatch was the client’s idea. Local Wood brought that concept to life, designing and crafting a door that sets the tone for the entire project. The front façade of the house is fieldstone and although this is new construction, it is the stone that gives the home the look of a Virginia farmhouse built hundreds of years ago.
Inside, the house is filled with old world touches such as deep-set windows with sills and hardwood flooring milled, dried, and crafted by Local Wood from trees harvested on site.
Like virtually all the details of the home, the powder room vanity was the client’s vision. She researched and found the old chest for a base cabinet and worked with Scott Carpenter of Local Wood to top it with a wood slab and bowl sink for the “live edge” look highlighting the natural beauty of the tree.
This homeowner also envisioned a custom kitchen like the ones she remembers in Scotland. The result is what is known as an “unfitted” kitchen — where cabinetry looks more like separate pieces of furniture than continuous cabinets running the perimeter of the room. She worked with a local kitchen designer and Local Wood built the base cabinets, the glass door hutch with maple top and pale blue island with dark grey soapstone top. It is a welcoming space that includes a reproduction Aga range and stone fireplace.
The master bath is another client vision and Local Wood/Carpenter Beach creation. It features solid oak vanity base with double vessel sinks, footed tub, reclaimed beam detail, and built in stone tile and frameless glass shower stall.
The living room enjoys casual comfort of arts and craft style simpicty in the field stone fireplace and airy high ceiling defined by re-claimed wood beams. French doors lead to a flagstone patio shaded by natural, hand hewned beams.
It isn’t just the inside of the house that is well designed and full of quality details. The outside areas are equally well conceived so that the family can enjoy the beautiful property throughout the year. The Carpenter Beach team constructed the pergola from Local Wood lumber. It leads onto an in-ground pool and a covered patio with outdoor fireplace, allowing the outdoors to be enjoyed cold or hot, rain or shine.
This 3-bedroom custom built Loudoun County home is the perfect balance of open and private spaces. The pergola covered flagstone patio connects to the 2 story detached garage that has an office, guest room, kitchenette and lounge area. The whole home can accommodate plenty of visiting family and friends.
Carpenter Beach truly enjoys partnering with the client to design a home quality built with local materials tailored to the needs of the client. It was a real team effort and Carpenter Beach is so pleased the client so happy in their new home.