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Hunt Country Hilltop House

Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

Project Name

Hunt Country Hilltop House

Project Status



7,130 sq. feet


  • Stephen Vanze, FAIA, LEED AP / Timothy Clites


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Project Description

The house is situated on a stunning eighty-acre mountain property, with long views across the Virginia Piedmont and its famed Hunt Country. This bucolic setting provided the backdrop for a new house that is programmatically contemporary, while stylistically hearkening to an earlier time. The goal was to create a home that respects its place and heritage in an established region, and appears to have existed there for many years; while at the same time takes advantage of the site and provides a home that functions well for modern living and entertaining. The house was conceived as a Virginia farmhouse with telescoping wings that appear to have been added on over many years. The linear room arrangement provides a broad range of vantage points from both inside and outside the house. Several covered porches provide space for gathering as well as quiet contemplation in the landscape. The second floor includes a traditional screened sleeping porch, offering an elevated perspective of the surrounding countryside. The design utilizes brick, clapboard, standing seam metal roof, wood shutters, as well as traditional detailing to support its old house appearance. Interior spaces continue the traditional feel through a wide range of flooring materials, molding, paneling, lighting, tile, and antique hardware. Each space was considered carefully for its potential to tell a story about an old house. Was the space ‘original’? Did it ‘evolve’? Could it have been an old porch that was enclosed? The ability to evoke curiosity amongst its visitors connects this new home to its neighbors in Hunt Country and also allows the architectural history of the regional traditions to continue.
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