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River House

This two-story building, called the River House for it’s commanding view of the James River, houses a textile arts studio on the first floor and an office with an attached gym on the second. It’s the first project in a series of new structures and renovations for a couple planning on retiring to the Charlottesville area.

This classically designed building, by local architect, Bob Anderson, AIA, is sited on the highest point in a field adjacent to the main house with views of both the James River and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The light-filled first floor studio has been fit-out with modern birch cabinets and storage bins topped by Corian countertops around the perimeter and large open spaces for worktables in the center of the room.

The second floor office has floor to ceiling custom oak cabinetry and reclaimed heart pine beams and paneling on the ceiling. The tongue and groove ceiling was salvaged from an outbuilding taken down on the property. The brick behind the each floor’s woodstoves was also salvaged on-grounds.

Notes from Bill

This was a very satisfying job to work on; the estate, which sits on the James River west of Scottsville, is beautiful and surrounded by history. The reuse of material salvaged from a dilapidated outbuilding on site, ties the history of the estate to it’s future.

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