New, approximately 2,500 square-foot residence set on a very steep, densely wooded site. This is a "daddy long-legs" house as it steps up an almost 45-degree slope. This allowed us to preserve a number of mature oak trees and build within them. A six-story stair tower connects five different levels of the house. The stair is designed to accept a future lift, if required. The front door is at the second level and the major living/sleeping areas are on the third and fourth levels. The trellising around the building provides a relief in massing as well as a staging area during construction. The structure is concrete, steel beams and cables) plywood diaphragms and wood. The exterior finish materials are stucco, metal and asphalt shingles. 

Frederick Residence

Arlington, Virginia

Completed Summer 1991

© 2017 by Althea Fleming Web Design.

Proudly created with