New Colonial Home Wins Brick Architecture Award
Kinsley, a 150-acre waterfront property in Oxford, Maryland was named the 2017 Best in Class winner in the 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards (Residential-Single Family Category) for its extensive use of brick cladding.
Architect John D. Milner designed the home to responds to the particular opportunities afforded by the site and the very personal perceptions of the clients, who wanted a classic home design with modern green home attributes.
"Brick is the ultimate “green” building material. If installed properly, this ancient building material is durable and requires little or no maintenance over the lifespan of a building," Milner said. "Also, its ability to retain heat adds to the building’s thermal value in colder weather."
Placed at the terminus of an allée of mature trees, the view from three facades is of gardens with the water beyond. The interior spaces accommodate the formal fenestration of the facades and incorporate traditional eighteenth- century elements of design, but are contemporary in their juxtaposition to support an informal lifestyle.
On the first floor, the living room, dining room and kitchen face the water, while the foyer, stairway and family entrance space are arranged by an enfilade along the entrance facade. On the second floor, the master bedroom and related spaces face the water. A one-story porch with flanking outdoor rooms is positioned on the water side of the home.
Although appearing somewhat monumental when first encountered, the residence is actually of a quite intimate scale, serving as a home for clients who share a life-long appreciation for eighteenth century architecture and thrive on access to the benefits of life on the water.
The design for the new residence was inspired by early eighteenth century architecture of Williamsburg. Of particular importance in the design and construction of this house was celebration of eighteenth century craftsmen who created their buildings with an innate understanding of design, materials and proportion, and a profound respect for the legacy of their craft. In this tradition, the exterior walls are constructed of hand-molded red brick laid with glazed headers set in a Flemish bond pattern with contrasting rubbed brick detailing. The window and door frames are of pegged mortise and tenon construction and interior woodwork has mortise and tenon joinery with hand-planed surfaces. The steeply pitched roof is clad in heavy cedar shakes.
The client's goal was to have the masonry look as period-authentic as possible. The manufacturer made special trips to Williamsburg to study the color, pattern and texture of the 18th century brickwork.
The result is a custom exterior brick set in a Flemish bond pattern with glazed headers and contrasting rubbed brick around the windows, doors, quoins and water table. The glazed headers required numerous attempts to replicate the color and finish of the 18th-century originals. The brick under the water table is set in an English bond pattern. The homeowner and mason worked closely to duplicate the weathered pointing of the original inspiration by variably raking the mortar followed by light grapevine pointing. The front entrance features limestone steps with custom bronze cramps, a painted wood pediment, and period-appropriate light fixtures.
The Dining Room features a single, curved bay containing three triple hung/triple sash windows which open to allow access to the rear loggia. The brick pattern and glazed headers carefully integrate with the window openings.
Architects: John Milner Architects, Inc.
Brick Supplier: Redland Brick Inc.
Mason: Spry Masonry
Photos by Don Pearse Photographers Inc.
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