This project started from scratch with a piece of undeveloped land in the rolling hills of Virginia’s piedmont. From there Harris Design provided a comprehensive plan of landscape design, architectural design, and interior design to create this new home which embodies the grace and ambiance of the region’s historic charm. The exterior includes hand-moulded brick in a historic bond pattern with moulded shape brick, keystones and other stone and brick paving details, a slate roof, large scale cornice mouldings and trim details, a classical portico, ornamented dormers, and a self-supporting balcony which combine to provide a level of architectural detail not often found today. The interiors provide further architectural details and furnishings on a sumptuous level. Of particular note is the custom cherry-wood kitchen cabinetry with soapstone countertops, a grand mahogany staircase, an impressively-scaled classical living room mantlepiece, and a gentleman’s library with a built-in mahogany secretary cabinet. The once barren land now includes a verdant range of shade and ornamental trees both evergreen and deciduous, a lush assortment of classical shrubbery, and beautiful perennial gardens throughout this new estate’s grounds. The house incorporates environmentally sustainable technology including very cost effective geo-thermal systems for radiant heating, cooling, and water heating. It also includes low voltage lighting where possible, an insulation package that exceeds typical standards, and a water supply and waste system that is efficient and self contained.