The Team Behind the 2015 DC Design House

Here it is— the next DC Design House, a new home being built in McLean by a formidable team of builders and architects who’ve already worked on several notable projects together:

The 2015 DC Design House, located at 956 Mackall Farm Lane in McLean.

The 2015 DC Design House, located at 956 Mackall Farm Lane in McLean.

I’ve been lucky enough to write about this group, which includes Stephen Yeonas, who helms Artisan Builders; architects Greg Palmer and Bulent Baydar, who oversee the DC office of the Atlanta-based Harrison Design; and Charles Owen of Fine Landscapes.

The house and grounds they’re designing is 8,869 square feet, and replicates an “Old American Farmhouse” style as a nod to Virginia’s surrounding countryside.

Although the house isn’t yet finished, the description of some of its architectural details bear the same fine-crafted mark as another home they built nearby for a transplanted Houston couple, which I covered last year for Luxe Interiors + Design.

DC Design House: “This modern farmhouse offers light-filled interior rooms that blend old elements, such as reclaimed wood and antiques, with new features, including top-of-the-line kitchen appliances.”

Luxe House: One could say the same thing about this home. Although the couple wanted a French-country feel, the team (who worked with Houston designer Sandra Lucas of Lucas Eilers) focused on similar details:

ALL photography by Gordon Beall:

ALL photography by Gordon Beall:



DC Design House: “The exterior features covered porches, antique-style lighting, and natural stone in a random, hand-cut pattern.”

Luxe House: Locally sourced stone covers the entire house, which provides dramatic outdoor living spaces and also is stacked in random patterns.








DC Design House: “…a library paneled in quarter-sawn oak are among the vintage touches.”

Luxe house: An impressive paneled library for both husband and wife, with antique doors from France that fold into the paneling.




Here are some other architectural elements that I adore in this other house—I’m sure we’ll be seeing the same kind of unique features in the DC Design House.

For one, a groin-vaulted gallery that leads in from the foyer,



past the dining room on the right,

Note the built-in niches for art and storage.

Note the built-in niches for art and storage.


and down toward the kitchen and family room:



It took a team of men to hang the reclaimed beams in the kitchen and family room, but upstairs, the builders opted for optical illusion: the beams in all the bedrooms are fake, and decoratively painted to look like the real thing. MUCH easier to install, needless to say. (Below is a guest room. Wouldn’t you like to stay here?)


I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what this team will create for the DC Design House—not to mention the design treatment our local talents will bring to it. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 am – 3 pm: designer walk-through to preview more than 20 rooms that will be up for grabs.

November 10: Design boards are due.

November 17: Designers are selected, rooms assigned.

April 11 – May 10, 2015: the 8th Annual DC Design House is open to the public.

Designers can get more information by contacting Taylor Wells, right here.

As always, proceeds from the show house will benefit Children’s National Health System.

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