Pool House



We were asked to design a pool and pool-house overlooking a mountain-top in Huntsville, AL. The program was simple – changing rooms, kitchen, living/dining area, exercise room and sauna. The pool-house is imagined as an open-air pavilion, connecting inside and out in an uninterrupted flow of space. Further, the roof is made up of thin panels separated with continuous skylights. The pool is designed to heighten one’s sense of the landscape and view by suggesting that the water is flowing off the mountain-side like a waterfall.

Awards & Publications

2008 Alabama AIA; Award for Excellence in Architecture

2007 Residential Architect Online

2004 Southern Home Awards: Southern Living Magazine

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The Grass Farm



This project is a renovation and addition to an existing 1890’s Virginia farmhouse. Secondary structures include: a pool and pergola to the south and a future barn to the southwest.

Awards & Publications

1998 Washington Chapter AIA:
Merit Award in Architecture

1998 Southern Home Awards: Southern Living magazine

1998 Custom Home Magazine Design Awards: Grand Prize

Southern Living: “Southern Home Awards” 02/1999

Washington Post, 04/1998, “Down On the Farm”, by Patricia Rogers

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Kalorama Townhouse


The renovation of this 1904 townhouse focused primarily on the main floor – living, dining, & kitchen – and was based on 3 simple ideas: Remove the partitions that divide the rooms, establish a dialog between the new and existing and develop a formal language that emerges from the original.

The stair/entry hall, the original main public space, became, over time, more ritual than real program. The original kitchen, a small dark room at the rear at the of the house, was oriented more to the back alley than the living and dining areas. We removed walls, opening up the plan from the stair hall to the back of the house. Then, by moving the kitchen to the party-wall side of the house, we were able to free up the exterior walls and allowing for the introduction of large expanses of glass and the resulting abundant natural light. The stair-hall became the dining room, transforming this space into a room of everyday use.

Awards & Publications

2012 Washingtonian/ AIA DC;
Residential Architecture Award

Architecture DC, Summer 2012, “Twenty-First-Century Vibe for Old Rowhouses” by Denise Liebowitz

Washingtonian Magazine, June 2012, “Stunning Spaces” by Mary Clare Glover

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Featured Residential


This small one-room addition – less than 600 sq. ft. –  is the most recent project Dynerman Architects has designed for this family.  Twenty-five years ago our firm was hired to design a whole house renovation/addition. This time around, the program brief was much simpler: “Design a porch.” 
The home owners entertain a great deal; they host family and friends for lunches, dinners, pot-lucks on an almost weekly basis. They wanted to hold these gatherings  in a way that takes advantage of their yard and garden. Our response was to design a room that is close to open-air. The room is glazed on three sides and the the doors to the deck slide into a pocket making the room fully indoor/outdoor when the weather allows.
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Hualalai O’Hana



Located in Hualalai, a resort community on Hawaii’s Kona coast, this home is a vacation gathering spot for a extended family whose members live on opposite coasts of the mainland.  Comprising a main living pavilion, two smaller wings and a separate cottage, which together form a central court, the house is designed to serve three adult couples, and guests.  The idea of Makai – towards the ocean – and Mauka – to the mountain – inform the Hawaiian sense of place in fundamental ways.  With views to each, the Pacific to the west and Mauna Kea to the east, we sought to develop a site plan and home design that fully weaves indoor and out, engages with the monumental landscapes of mountain and ocean while also recognizing the importance of the small scale landscape and intimate garden rooms.

The design provides a range of spaces integrating interior and exterior rooms. Some with breath taking views, others that are more immediate affording quiet and repose. This constellation of spaces – indoor and outdoor  – also allows for the ebb and flow of privacy and gathering in a fluid and easy pattern.

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Chalon Residence



Sited on a two acre wooded lot in Bethesda, Md, this project,  the home of a young couple and their six children, combines a main house, small guest house and a pool & pergola. From initial discussions and earliest sketches our design focused on the dual intentions of integrating building & landscape and developing an architecture that melds a tactile legibility with the abstractions of element and mass, core ideas of modernism.
Facing a large stand of old growth hardwoods, the ground floor is predominately floor to ceiling glass. The upper floors, sitting a structure of fir posts and beams, are simple masses clearly expressing the construction and composition of the design.  Massive stone chimneys anchor the assembly to the site.

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Martis Camp


This home, located in Martis Camp, a family oriented resort in the Sierra Mountains above Lake Tahoe, was designed for a young and active family. Comprising only single family homes – along with the club facilities – Martis Camp offers a range of outdoor activities: skiing, golf, mountain biking, hiking and fly-fishing. Our design looks to highlight and support this mountain lifestyle by integrating the home into the landscape; taking advantage of the spectacular views and offering seamless connections between the indoor spaces and the multiple terraces and play areas.

Designed for guests and family this five bedroom home includes two fully appointed master suites as well as kids’ bedrooms, play area and a nanny suite. The main living area, a single room with living, dining and kitchen, allows for family and guests to come together for meals and sitting around the fire at the end of the day. Quieter and more private rooms include a media room and office/library space.

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House on Little Round Bay


Designed for an active pair of empty nesters, who still work full-time, this small home overlooks Little Round Bay, an idyllic deep-water cove 6 ½ miles up the Severn River from Annapolis, MD. and the Naval Academy. The couple, very informal, entertain a great deal hosting small dinner parties most weekends and large family gathering 3 – 4 times a year. The home was designed to accommodate this varied program.

Conceived of as a modern cabin with a simple, and in some ways rustic, palette– aging cedar siding, fir posts and beams and wide plank stained pine floors, the house, an uncomplicated assembly of boxes, is arranged  to take advantage of the site and support the informal gatherings . The primary public spaces – entry, living, dining and kitchen – are on the 2nd floor along along with the library/home office. On the lower floor are guest bedrooms, another office that overlooks the bay & garden and TV/playroom. The 3rd level houses the master suite.  A roof deck caps the design providing an outdoor dining area, and with its ample sunlight and obvious protection from foraging deer, a great place for a vegetable garden of potted plants.

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