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New House and Studio, Chevy Chase DC

This new, 2-story 4,000 SF open plan house has a detached garage with a large studio above and a walk-out basement. The studio, presently the owner's business office, has a private entrance and can be reached from the house across the 2nd floor roof terrace and bridge over the main entrance. The house is located on the northern edge of the property, with its long east-west axis facing south. The southern facade with floor to ceiling windows overlooks a large private garden and allows year round natural light into the interior. The roof overhangs and the two cedar trellises filter the high summer sun but allow the low winter sun to penetrate deep into the interior. The gently sloping roof of the main house includes a 15Kw solar panel system which generates enough electrical power to cover the yearly electrical needs.  The northern facade has minimum windows and is highly insulated.  The family room and kitchen area has a sloping 2-story ceiling with overlooks from the upper bedroom. The rooms on the upper floors have high windows looking out to the tree tops and sky.