Kitchen Remodel Photo: Marcus DiPietro
I have been practicing as an architect for over 20 years. Starting out in Seattle, I now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I specialize in designing and executing mostly high-end renovations (total home remodeling). Due to the complexities of incorporating the old with the new, I strive for creative solutions that often involve applying products in customized installations to successfully pull off a distinctive, harmonious, and appropriate home for my client. I enjoy listening to my clients and balancing the budget with careful details.
People who use Remodelista, including myself, as a resource for products and design ideas share an interest in creative solutions for the uniquely challenging world of remodeling. I am interested in clients who enjoy creativity as much as I do.
Alaskan Remodel: Hand joined timbers entirely frame the new front facade of the home. The door is made of redwood reclaimed from used wine casks. The frame is made of Douglas fir reclaimed from a 19th century warehouse. This new arctic entry brings one alongside the house, on a garden path that is protected from snow and rain by the deep overhanging eaves. Photo: Marcus DiPietro
Escape Day Spa: The client and architect, each new to the building type, shared a collaborative and creative relationship which resulted in an inspired and tranquil place enjoyed by many. The upstairs Salon is spacious and light. Downstairs, the Spa offers a quiet, darkened setting for a meditative yet sensual experience. http://www.marcusdipietro.com/Commerical/escape/Escape.html Photo: Ruth DiPietro
Staying in the Neighborhood Remodel: This home took on a major remodel and the addition of a second story. The challenge was to create a bigger home that enhanced both the neighborhood streetscape and the limited backyard space. By not sacrificing thoughtfully designed architectural details for more square feet, this home remodel and addition look appropriate and is enjoyed by the family of four who decided to stay in their neighborhood. Photo: Ruth DiPietro
Lake House Remodel: Staying within the footprint of a tear-down ranch style house, the new home was given a modern appreciation for lakeside views with commercially scaled storefront windows, steel beam and posts, and a brise soleil to filter daylight into the living spaces. http://www.marcusdipietro.com/Residential/bea/beaPage.html Photo: Marcus DiPietro
Stone Manor Remodel: This was a total home remodel, substantially changing a 70's style ranch house of no particular beauty. With careful architectural details, old world materials such as hand quarried stone can give perfect balance to modern commercial windows and doors. Thoughtful renovations can unify the modern with the traditional. http://www.marcusdipietro.com/Residential/gre/grePage.html Photo: Marcus DiPietro
Kitchen Renovation: Adding distinction to this extisting residence was a multi-layered exercise in finesse. Beginning with a new portico, formal or informal, the entry should give a hint of what is beyond. Lamp lights, mullioned windows, a covered entrance create an inviting experience. The well detailed roof's edge also defines the moment to step inside the home. http://www.marcusdipietro.com/Residential/kri/kriPage.html Photo: Marcus DiPietro
Northumberland Remodel and Addition: Architectural details blend modern sophistication with rustic warmth. Custom made columns both satisfy the client's taste for Moroccan forms and organize the main space. The main room can be seen thoughout the home from the kitchen, dining, foyer, and his and her study rooms, creating a cohesive unity which was impossible before the redesign of the home. http://www.marcusdipietro.com/Residential/usd/usdPage.html Photo: Ruth DiPietro
Blazer Farmhouse: Rejecting the "mcmansion" trend, this young family sought a timeless sense of warmth and dignity found in smaller, hand-crafted homes. The multiple outbuilding pattern of traditional farmhouses was the inspiration for this wooded site. Photo: Ruth DiPietro
Remodeled Ranchhouse: This 1950's ranch home needed to express the couple's modern lifestyle on a modest construction budget. One open room replaces three cramped rooms and accomodates cooking, dining and living. Pitching the western red cedar ceiling to follow the roofline while removing the central bearing wall adds height and interest to the expanded main space. http://www.marcusdipietro.com/Residential/dip/dipPage.html Photo: Ruth DiPietro
Hillsboro Residence: Wrapping a string of rooms around a central exterior pool provides this home the feeling of a private retreat. Long views open up across the courtyard from opposite rooms to create a sense of expansiveness and intimacy. Deep plaster walls and strong simple arches lend rhythm and grace to the interior. Photo: Ruth DiPietro