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Unique Spaces: Modern Tranquility in Sperryville

by Mark Wellborn

Unique Spaces is a series on UrbanTurf where we take a look at properties that could be considered “one-of-a-kind” in the DC area. See all of our past Unique Spaces articles here.


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1 Private Lane

When a career opportunity means that a couple must get up and move, sometimes the hardest part is leaving the home that they love—or a vacation home in the case of Gregg Schultz and Joe Riddle.

Schultz and Riddle currently live in Logan Circle, but because of an impending job transfer, the two could be moving abroad soon. And that means leaving behind the modern getaway that the two own in Sperryville, Virginia.

The 1,200 square-foot, two-bedroom home is the product of architect Rocio Romero. Romero’s claim to fame is creating kit modern homes, the various parts of which can be delivered anywhere in the country and put together by a general contractor.

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Living Room

“Romero has a core design (a metal and glass rectangle) and she sells the architectural plans and the 4 exterior walls (no floors, roof, finishes, or glass) for roughly $50,000 delivered,” Gregg Schultz told UrbanTurf.

The couple bought the rectangular home in 2006, and then spent about $230,000 to build and finish it (roof, floors, kitchen, HVAC, bathrooms, etc).  They not only bought the original seven acres in Sperryville where the house sits, but also the adjacent parcels as they came on the market.

“It was originally touted as ‘affordable modern’ but the experiences of the 30 or so purchasers (including us) have taught that it costs the same per square foot as a regular, ‘stick built’ modern house in whatever region you are in,” Schultz explained, noting that they were just the second buyers in the country to construct a Rocio Romero pre-fab design.

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Kitchen

About half the square footage is comprised of the living/kitchen/dining area and the other space is the bedrooms. For stability purposes, the wall that divides the two 25-foot sections of the home must stay put, but otherwise the layout is up to the buyer, as walls, bathrooms and doors can be put anywhere. Schultz and Riddle created a very open living space, which they say makes the home “feel twice as big as it actually is.”

The other striking aspect of the design is the number of windows. 

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Illuminated at night

“What originally attracted us to this particular design was the amount of glass.  There’s something about living in a transparent cube that we found really intriguing.  You don’t need to worry much about decor or paint because the outside is a kind of wallpaper that changes every week.” 

As for privacy concerns with that much glass, where you decide to build the home is an important decision.

“If you’re going to build a house in the middle of nowhere, it works perfectly,” Schultz said. “Especially if you have the Shenandoah Park as your backyard.” 

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The back of the house

Out the back of the house are not only trails for hiking, but also ponds (that Schultz and Riddle hand-dug themselves), a 25-foot waterfall and a Japanese garden.

As for what they are going to miss most, Schultz said it will be the weekend getaways.

“If we don’t come out on the weekends, Monday is much worse.  Once you hit the countryside you feel the stress fall away.”

See other articles related to: unique spaces, modern architecture

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/unique_spaces_modern_tranquility_in_sperryville/2563

4 Comments

  1. Margie said at 8:10 am on Tuesday October 12, 2010:

    Very cool looking house!

  1. Canby said at 11:16 am on Tuesday October 12, 2010:

    I definitely have seen that ihouse on HGTV…very sweet.  I’ll buy it when I win the lottery.

  1. Sarah said at 11:47 am on Wednesday October 13, 2010:

    My friends own this house!  I am so glad you found it. Hi Joe & Greg! smile

  1. Vicki Mabrey said at 11:57 am on Wednesday October 13, 2010:

    We at Nightline did a story on Rocio Romero and her amazing designs… Glad to see someone has enjoyed living in one these last few years.

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