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piedmont farm, howard county, md.

architectural interiors / merit

piedmont farm, howard county, md.

architectural interiors / merit

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    Erik Kvalsvik

    Sight lines from interior to exterior help relate the home to the surrounding farmland, while high ceilings and wide openings give it a graceful, stately air.

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    Muse Architects

    The project’s first-floor plan.

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    The project’s second-floor plan.

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    Muse Architects

    The project’s basement floor plan.

muse architects, bethesda, md.

According to Stephen Muse, FAIA, the biggest challenge to designing a large house lies in balancing variety and consistency. “The idea is to make the spaces similar enough to hold together but different enough that you have reason to move from room to room,” he says. For this residence in Howard County, Md., he and his staff devised historically appropriate trim and millwork profiles that accomplish both goals and also match the rooms' oversized scale.

“Masterfully done,” noted a judge. “It's classic and restrained—a beautifully crafted, well-proportioned interior.”

principal in charge: Stephen Muse, FAIA, Muse Architects;
project architect: R. Warren Short, AIA, LEED AP, Muse Architects;
general contractor: George Fritz, Horizon Builders, Crofton, Md.;
landscape architect: Jay Graham, FASLA, Graham Landscape Architecture, Annapolis, Md.;
interior designer: Carroll A. Frey, Carroll A. Frey Interiors, Baltimore;
structural engineer: Wayne C. Bryan, P.E., Ehlert/Bryan, McLean, Va.;
project size: 13,973 square feet;
construction cost: Withheld;
photography: Erik Kvalsvik.

product specs
bathroom fittings: Kohler Co., Mico Designs, Santec; bathroom fixtures: Kohler Co., Sunrise Specialty Co.; dishwasher: Bosch USA; doors: TruStile Doors; garbage disposer: KitchenAid; hardware: Baldwin Hardware Corp.; kitchen cabinets: Rutt Cabinet Co., Wm Ohs; kitchen fittings: Kohler Co., ROHL; kitchen fixtures, lighting fixtures: ROHL; oven/range: Wolf Appliance; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; skylight/roof windows: VELUX A/S; windows: Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors