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James River House

The clients for this luxury townhome design on the James River were married, young professionals and owners of small businesses operating out of their home. Tired of the cliché colonial look of Richmond homes, they hired CIRCLE to create clean-lined spaces juxtaposing modern with classical elements and materials.

The challenge was to make this 4,000 square foot, five-floor home functional for their business and personal needs. Floors one through three were private spaces for bedrooms and home offices. The upper two levels were public spaces used heavily for entertaining and company fundraisers. They wanted an open plan, but “not too open.”

In the kitchen, we extended the upper cabinets to the 10’-6” ceiling line with glass doors and encased the trunk of island exhaust hood with a soffit to match the cabinets. To avoid placing the TV above a fireplace, we also designed a two-sided corner fireplace at a location central to the family room and eat-in kitchen. We incorporated classical details through heavy wood trim and moldings and used marble for countertops, a mosaic floor tile, and the fireplace surround.

Each space, including the bathrooms, had its own distinct pop of accent color in tile, fabrics or accessories. In the foyer, the tall clean walls are contrasted by industrial metal barn doors. On the rooftop terrace, a slatted trellis made of Brazilian ipe distinguishes this townhouse from the neighbors’ roofline – indicating that this home, indeed, has a look unlike the norm in Richmond.

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