Guest Architect

Bill Devereaux

Devereaux and Associates

McLean, Va.


Up front: "Even though it's a small house it needs an impressive front," says Devereaux, who warmed up the facade with a front porch wide enough for a few chairs.

Garage appeal: His- and -hers garages flank a rear courtyard, creating private outdoor space. Of note, all four architects opted for alley-fed plans.

Views go from master bedroom to great room and through two-story glass to garden.

His-and-hers master bathroom

Second-floor bedroom with full bath could also be nursery.

His workstation

His-and-hers closets

Her workstation

His-and-hers garages create private garden.

Barn door openings allow garage to extend to hobby or gardening areas.

Separate workshops and hobby spaces

Two-story space with glass wall to courtyard creates drama of loft-style living.

Great room provides cooking, dining, and entertaining space for couples to enjoy together.

Entertainment center is part of living space.

Shelves under stairway serve as library.

Keep guests and in-laws at arm's length with first-floor suite that doubles as office.

Floating stair allows for "greenhouse" underneath front windows.

A gracious entry is important in a home of any size.

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