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Gorgeous Virginia lake house gets reimagined with industrial-modern vibe

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Boasting a fantastic indoor-outdoor vibe, this stunning modern lake house designed by Rill Architects is nestled on Lake Thoreau in Reston, Virginia. This once dark, outdated, 1970s waterfront home was opened up and expanded into the open, airy space it is today. The hard-working elements of the home celebrate the beauty found in functional objects and materials.

Prior to the renovation, views to the lake were obstructed, while windows needed to be enhanced to capture those views. A compact galley kitchen had drywall partitions, while the dining room lacked views of the lake. Additional details that were dated included plywood stairs with carpeting. Be sure to have a look at the before images below!

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE Rill Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Lauren Liess BUILDER Woodhaven Contractors LANDSCAPE DESIGN Fine Landscapes

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Above: The entryway to this lake house was completely redesigned, featuring a walnut door and side panel — sourced from Applewood Doors & Windows.

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The goal for the renovation was to open the spaces up and meld the home with its natural environment. Walls were torn down to create an open layout kitchen, dining, and living area. The kitchen was reconfigured and expanded into the former dining room. Working mostly within the existing footprint, the architect gained an additional 400 square feet of living space.

To achieve this, three areas were reconfigured. A deeply recessed entry was enclosed to create a more spacious foyer. To create an unimpeded link from front to back, all obstacles were removed, which also created space for the new dining area. Lastly, a portion of the courtyard that had awkwardly protruded into the interior was enclosed.

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Above: The flooring in the entryway is slate tile.

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What We Love: This beautiful Virginia lake house offers the owners a newly revamped home that draws its inspiration from nature. A pared-down palette of black, white, and tan helps to focus attention on the waterfront views through expansive windows. Industrial and natural elements can be found throughout, with interior details that celebrate functional beauty. Antique and retro finds decorate the living spaces to create an aesthetically stunning home surrounded by tranquility.

Tell Us: What details did you find most inspiring in the redesign of this home? Let us know in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the U.S. state of Virginia: Modernized historic farmhouse in Virginia: Snowy Owl Farm.

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Above: Expansive windows flood the great room with natural light while capturing views of Lake Thoreau. The staircase design was inspired by an early-1900s design. The flooring is white oak.

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Above: The dining table is from Restoration Hardware, while the side chairs are vintage Tolix through 1stdibs. The light fixture above the table is a Lindsey Adelman knockoff, found on Etsy. Under the table, the hide rug is from West Elm.

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Above: The windows throughout this Virginia lake house are by Windsor Windows, while the doors are by Western Window Systems.

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Above: In the kitchen, beautifully crafted cabinets by Danish builders feature a mix of natural white oak and blue-black paint from Farrow & Ball. The white backsplash tile is by Subway Ceramics. The counter stools are from Restoration Hardware. Industrial pendant lights above the island are Holophane Lighting through 1stDibs.

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Above: The kitchen countertops are a mix of wood and soapstone. The range is by ILVE.

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Above: In this sun-drenched living room, the fireplace was given a facelift with a soapstone surround. The large leather sofa by Lauren Liess for Taylor King. The accent chairs are from Verellen. The marble-topped table next to the sofa is from Noir Furniture. The lamp on the table and the coffee table were both sourced from Palecek. Pendant ceiling lights are from Rejuvenation. Grounding the space, an area rug from Fibreworks. In the windows, shades from Horizon Shades.

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Above: The master bedroom space was expanded and the slanted ceiling was raised. The throw on the bed was found on Etsy. At the end of the bed, the bench is from Oly Studio. The nightstands are from Bungalow Classic with industrial Scissor Lamps from Photonic Studio. The wood-framed standing mirror can be found at Four Hands.

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Above: In the corner of the bedroom, a 1960s Butterfly chair from 1stDibs, accented by an Antique Senufo stool through Chairish. A light-filled window is accented with window treatments in Raoul Textiles, available through John Rosselli. Grounding this space, an antique Mamluk rug sourced through Landry & Arcari.

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Above: White oak cabinets are topped with honed marble. On the wall, the library light fixtures are by Illuminate Vintage. The mirrors are from Restoration Hardware.

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Above: In this luminous master bedroom, a black and white hexagonal floor tile was sourced from Architectural Ceramics.

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Above: A free-standing soaking tub is from Signature Hardware, while a custom steel-framed glass shower lends an industrial vibe. The ceiling light is from Rejuvenation.

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Above: The exterior facade, updates include HardiePlank lap siding, aluminum-clad windows, and sliding doors.

BEFORE THE RENOVATION

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PHOTOGRAPHER Stacy Zarin Goldberg

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Stacie
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! What kind of wood is on the ceilings of the kitchen and bedroom?