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"Landscape architecture was as important to me as the building," said Elizabeth Birdsall. Photo: Robert Radifera

Outer edges: A landscape unifies a modern complex

Time marches on! Last time ABODE visited Turkey Saddle—the Free Union home of Elizabeth Birdsall and Eric Young—it was 2008 and the house had just undergone a major renovation, led by local architecture firm Formwork. It was a serene, minimalist retreat, like a treehouse overlooking the Moormans River. Now, the vibe has changed a bit, […]

To keep things affordable, Alloy sourced a lot of the materials—cabinetry, plumbing fixtures—from IKEA, and mixed in other elements like butcher block counters and a stainless steel backsplash. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Mellow yellow: A vibrant city kitchen stays surprisingly calm

Stephanie Tatel and Christian McMillen had only a vague idea of what they wanted their new kitchen to look like—nothing too firm or detailed, but they knew it had to be functional for a busy family of four. Enter Alloy, a Charlottesville-based architecture and design studio that specializes in construction and production. “We didn’t really […]