Claude C. Lapp Architects
11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 100
As an architect of both custom and spec homes, are you seeing any new trends in D.C.-area design?
It’s refreshing to be transitioning toward more contemporary, clean lines. We’re still using the same warm stone, stucco and wood as we do with our popular Arts & Crafts and traditional homes, but the designs I’m referring to feature more glass and less embellishment on the exterior. This more modern look on the outside affects the interior, making open floor plans even more expansive. Sight lines can extend from the front door straight through to the back, with less separation between the dining room and family room. The definition is still there, for conversation areas and eating areas, but it comes more from décor and architectural features rather than walls. We find that younger homeowners value a low maintenance lifestyle. They want less in their homes. The uncluttered interior is compatible with the minimal outside, even extending to landscaping that’s easy to maintain.
2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, “A Top Vote Getter” for Best Architect, Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Readers' Poll