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Location: Potomac, Maryland
Project size: 10,500 square feet

Program: The client, who grew up in Nigeria, enjoyed traveling to Morocco as a boy and dreamed of a dwelling that evoked those happy childhood memories. FACELIFT house employs design elements, such as mottled plaster and sculptural forms, that celebrate the client’s African roots.

Design Solution: Potomac, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C., became a hotbed for developer “McMansions” in the 1980s. Forty years later, a glut of aging houses translated into stagnant real estate values and lack of interest in the area. However, that quickly changed when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Urban dwellers left the city and sought more space on private multi-acre lots. The client, one such transplant, wanted to give his newly purchased house a facelift. During construction, a new roofscape of clerestory light monitors was built within the pitched roof of the home to protect the existing structure from the weather and allow interior work to be completed simultaneously. When the old roof trusses were removed, a striking new profile and aesthetic emerged, revealing a transformed exterior and interior.

FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect
House Rio by Krupinski/Krupinska

Photos © Paul Warchol

Structure and Materials: The bones of the house were kept in place, with existing windows either stitched together as larger spans of glazing or infilled to create a more understated facade. A Moroccan plaster facade melds brick and block into a uniform, flowing sculptural composition.

Additional Information
Completion date: August 2023
Site size: 2.22 acres
Total construction cost: Withheld
Client/Owner: Withheld

FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect
FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect
FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect

Photos © Paul Warchol

FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect
FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect
FACELIFT by David Jameson Architect

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David Jameson Architect
7800 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814

Project Team
David Jameson, FAIA; Alexandra Wojno, architect

Structural: David Linton, Linton Engineering

General Contractor
Ally DC

Paul Warchol


Exterior Cladding
Moroccan Plaster
Sapele Wood Siding
Spa White Stone on Exterior Terraces

Skylights: TPO Roofing

Fleetwood Windows & Doors

Entrances: Pivot Door Company
Sliding doors: Fleetwood Windows & Doors

Locksets: Inox
Pulls: Accurate
Other special hardware: Häfele Sliding Door Hardware

Interior Finishes
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Wall coverings: Hot Rolled Metal Panels by Metal Specialties, Inc.
Wood flooring: Rustic Black Walnut Flooring

Casaplex, LLC Home Automation

Primary bath fixtures: Fantini
Secondary bath fixtures: Crosswater