When Jim Rill of Rill Architects set out to design this Maryland farmhouse in Fredrick County, he did so with an eye for detail and a respect for the property’s past. This beautiful home on the lake was once a site overrun with dilapidated cabins and barns. Jim preserved as many of the buildings as possible, then seamlessly incorporated them into the design of the compound. “The idea was to recreate something that would be sympathetic to the history of the property,” he says.
Now, the expansive Maryland farmhouse features numerous buildings and contains every luxury imaginable, including a spa, workout room, bar, picnic pavilion and garden. All the buildings and rooms flow together and feature farmhouse vibes, both inside and out.
Though winters in Maryland can get chillingly cold, the red tones warm these rooms along with the fireplaces. Red is known to raise the energy level of a room, which is ideal in places where you want people to come together and stimulate conversation. Red can also evoke feelings of love and comfort, making it well-suited for bedrooms, too.
Working With Wood
It’s no accident that this Maryland farmhouse features wood on both the interior and exterior. “I wanted to use something warm, something with woodland flavor that you could come home to and feel comfortable knowing that you have something both beautiful and durable,” Jim says. Much of the woodwork in the home stretches up to the ceiling and utilizes open rafters to give the impression of a reconfigured barn.
Comfortable and Cozy
A homey place is a happy place. In order to maintain the charm of the space, Jim took extra care to ensure that all rooms felt comfortable and cozy as well as practical and fully functional. Each and every room feels warm and welcoming though the property is spread out and occupies such a large space. Cozy spaces aren’t just reserved for the bedrooms!
In order to connect the main house and the main compound, Jim created an enclosed breezeway between them. This addition drives home the feeling of having an interconnected space, and is perfect for when relatives or friends are visiting. The main house features a family room, three guest rooms, and a master suite that was converted from a garage. The breezeway leads into the main compound that boasts a kitchen, living room, dining room, study, and family library.
This stunning study is sure to serve as a refuge and help you relax. But when you’re ready for another break, remember that the spa and workout center is only a short walk away in the Middle Creek Clubhouse! This compound features a full workout space, complete with treadmills and equipment, a pool and a TV filled bar. No matter what you’re looking for, this land by the lake is sure to sweep you off your feet.