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This 2800-square-foot Virginia residence was designed to create an ongoing connection between its interior and exterior spaces and the beautiful natural surroundings that envelop them. Situated on a small peninsula just off the Potomac River, the site was elevated over surrounding water to capture the breezes coming over the point. The home’s footprint was designed around a majestic, 150-year-old willow oak tree. Ample use of glass throughout the home invites abundant natural daylight. In harmony with the rural setting, the home’s exterior features Cumaru wood siding and natural stone.

The main gathering space feels like a modern pavilion: polished concrete floors and reclaimed heart pine posts and beams surrounded by a wrap-around screened porch leading out to the pool area.

Callao, Virginia

Randall J. Kipp Architecture Inc.


LaCantina Aluminum Thermally Controlled Inswing Door (3’ wide x 9’1-1/2” tall)
LaCantina Aluminum Thermally Controlled 2-Panel Sliding Doors (XX) (7’ wide x 9’3” tall)
LaCantina Aluminum Thermally Controlled 3-Panel Pocket Multi Slide (PXXX) (15’ wide x 10’ tall)
LaCantina Zero Post Corner System with two Aluminum Thermally Controlled door systems meeting at a 90° angle: 5-Panel Multi Slide (XXXXO) (29’4” wide x 10’ tall) and 2-Panel Sliding Doors (XX) (13’ wide x 10’ tall)

Best of LaCantina 2020 for Best Rural Residential

LaCantina’s clean, minimal aesthetic appealed to the design team, who used five LaCantina door systems to create openings in key areas of the home.

Photography by Maxwell MacKenzie |

Large 6’ wide x 10’ tall door panels maximize views of the water on three sides of the home and glide open smoothly with minimal effort. The doors open three walls of the main living area, incorporating an additional 900 square feet of screened porch that effectively doubles the size of the gathering space.

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Two systems, a 5-panel multi slide and 2-panel sliding doors, come together at a 90° angle to create a zero post corner, completely opening the space to the outdoors.

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The multiple sizes and locations of the door systems allow the home to adapt to Virginia’s varied climate, taking advantage of the cross breezes coming in from the water.