Design is Human


Architecture: Robert Cain, Architect, FAIA, LEED AP

Tucked into the sea of Virginia Highland English cottage-style homes is an anomaly: a mid-century modern home with Eichleresque design connotations.

General Contractor: Cablik Enterprises


How a vaguely California modern home came to be constructed in Virginia Highlands is not known to the current owners. However, having lived in California, they recognized the form immediately and purchased the house. Our assignment: expand the kitchen and dining area into the unusable carport and, due to the weakness of the implementation of the original design, enhance the interior and exterior “Eichler” effect. We responded by emphasizing the horizontality found in Eichler designs: extending “wings” to each side for privacy, adding horizontal bands of glass, removing odd diagonal beam brackets, employing lap siding, adding a new 5’ wide pivot door and (given the immediacy of the house to the street) adding a low horizontal wall to establish a public/private boundary. Parking for the house shifts to an apron linked via a walk (to the right of the image).