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Contemporary River House

Contemporary River House

Mathews County, VA, USA | View Map
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Private Houses
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Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Doors and WindowsWestern Window Systems
Siding: Boral ship lapBoral
Kitchen Appliances - 30” induction cooktop, 30” convection oven, dishwasher, 36” side by side refrigeratorKitchen Aid
Plumbing FixturesKohler
Washer/DryerLG Electronics
Light Fixtures: Purity lineResolute

Product Spec Sheet
Doors and Windows
Siding: Boral ship lap
by Boral
Kitchen Appliances - 30” induction cooktop, 30” convection oven, dishwasher, 36” side by side refrigerator
Plumbing Fixtures
by Kohler
Light Fixtures: Purity line

Contemporary River House

3North as Architects

This sleek riverfront house was designed to serve as a second home. The objective was to create a streamlined, minimalist space that included an open living area, modestly sized master suite, and thoughtful storage options. Visitors approach the property via a long drive that leads into an enclosed parking courtyard. Here, the waterfront is deliberately obscured, creating a slow reveal that delivers its payoff inside, where a 17-foot glass wall frames a striking river views. Large window panels along the southeast corner fold back accordion-style, exposing the interior to the outdoors. The porch is covered by the roof’s 16-foot overhang, which triples the home’s living space and facilitates entertaining. Guests can wander from the porch to the pool area, where the raised wall that surrounds it eliminates the need for standard fencing and allows the pool area to blend into the landscape. The pool house was sited to align with the waterfront and includes a separate guest quarters with a changing room, bath, bedroom and outdoor shower. When viewed from the river, the black Boral siding gives the impression that the house is receding into the landscape.

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