Running Cedar

Orlean, VA United States

Richard Williams Architects


Project Description

2009 RADA

Custom / More Than 3,500 Square Feet / Merit

The architect and the owner, a landscape architect, worked in tandem from day one of this project—and it shows. Perched on the edge of a river gorge, the house and guesthouse align from south to north and are linked by a stone wall that serves as a spine. In between, overlapping interior and exterior spaces keep the lush setting front and center.

“We'd flip things back and forth until we found a nice balance between the formality of the house and this pretty rough and rambunctious landscape,” says Richard Williams, AIA. “We looked at vernacular forms, stretching the dimensions to a point where it seemed spacious but never out of scale.”

One judge said the design “elevates the mundane Virginia farmhouse, yet does so with a complete lack of pretension.”


Project Details

Running Cedar
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Richard Williams, Principal In Charge; Timothy Abrams, Project Architect;
  • General Contractor: Gretchen Yahn 
  • Landscape Architect: Richard Arentz 
  • Interior Designer: José Solis 
  • Photography: Paul Burk Photography 
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Project Size:
    6,400 sq ft
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Specified Products

Bathroom Fittings: Kohler Co.; Bathroom Fixtures: Hansgrohe;Dishwasher: Miele; Doors: TruStile Doors; Garage Doors: Clopay Building Products; Garbage Disposer: In-Sink-Erator; Hardware: HOPPE North America; HVAC Equipment: Carrier Corp.; Kitchen Fittings: Franke Consumer Products; Kitchen Fixtures: Dornbracht Americas; Lighting Fixtures: Lightolier; Oven/Range: DCS by Fisher & Paykel; Paints/Stains/Wall Finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero; Skylights/Roof Windows: VELUX A/S; Windows: Loewen



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