A reunion for the UVA Summer Abroad program in Vicenza, Italy is being held Saturday, December 17th in Arlington, VA. Victoria and Douglas Rixey attended the program which was led by professor and Italian Count, Mario di Valmarana. The party will reunite architects, landscape architects, and architectural historians from the program including the Rixey’s pals, Rob Shutler, Rick Bryant, Diana Grater, Pete Grina, and Michael Vergason.
Blair House, the President’s Guest House, on Lafayette Square hosted their annual holiday party. Partners Victoria and Douglas Rixey attended. The firm designed bathrooms at Blair House in conjunction with Waterworks several years ago.
Victoria Rixey has been working actively as part of community leadership for the past three years to give input to developers working on the new Four Seasons Residences in Georgetown. The project involves renovation of a large heating plant. The developer’s architect is David Adjaye.
Victoria and Douglas Rixey visited the Hudson Valley, New York, to look at sites for a new house. The search is ongoing.
Georgetown clients hired Rixey-Rixey Architects to turn their large kitchen into a sitting room with small kitchenette. The project includes contemporary large steel windows, custom tile from Waterworks made from Italian slab material, and very small appliances. The rear garden is being redone with snow melt technology. The project went through Old Georgetown Board approvals.
Another whole house renovation project by Rixey-Rixey Architects will be on the 2016 Georgetown House Tour. Mary Coyne and Bill Kolasky’s house in the east village of Georgetown was a collaboration with designer David Mitchell. Recent work includes the rear garden designed by Stephanie Bothwell.
Interiors magazine’s February/March issue features a whole house renovation by Rixey-Rixey Architects in Reston, Virginia. Visit the online edition: http://interiorsmagazine.com/editions/february-march-2016/
Originally a developer-style house, the owners determined to create open modern spaces. Rixey-Rixey Architects reconfigured spaces, added a dramatic new stair, and designed all new finishes that feature Boffi kitchen and baths. The spaces are now described as “gallery-like”. Nestor Santa-Cruz is the interior designer who assisted the clients develop their rich collection of modern furniture and contemporary art and put together each room with daring panache.
February 2, 2016
Rixey-Rixey Architects has a new house under construction in Newport, Rhode Island. The 8,000 square foot project is sited on a pond with distant ocean views. It is designed in highly sustainable fashion with geothermal hvac, on demand hot water heaters, closed cell insulation, and recycled materials. Conceived as two wings joined by a large living space, the house has six bedrooms, six baths, and two half baths. The central space is a two story open living and dining room with French doors opening to the pond side. A large eat in kitchen is adjacent. A large rear terrace will feature a central fountain, all in modernist style. The childrens’ wing includes a playroom, pantry and staff room on the first floor, and four bedrooms and three baths on the second floor. The master wing contains a first floor study and large guest suite, and on the second floor, an all-master suite including large bath, walk in closet, bedroom and porch. A detached two car garage has a second floor media room. Construction began in September 2015 with blasting ledge from the site. This stone is being dressed and will be used throughout the project from the stone building base and chimneys, to gravel for the driveway. In January 2016, the general contractor constructed a tent over the entire foundation so that the house can be constructed right through the winter. This photo is at left. The tent is more than 50 feet tall, and is heated with four propane heaters. The house is anticipated to be closed in this spring, with rough ins and interior finishes continuing through the summer. We are coordinating work closely with landscape architect Martha Moore.
November 10, 2015
Two time past clients retained Rixey-Rixey Architects to spruce up their house now that children have left the nest. The renovation project includes new finishes and a large screened in porch.
September 18, 2015
Working with Whitney Stewart Interior Design, Rixey-Rixey Architects assisted with renovations to a new condominium at 1055 High Street in Georgetown. The 3 bedroom condominium enjoys river views and has been transformed into a bright contemporary space. This coveted address serves as a pied a terre for many people who want to call Georgetown a sometimes home.
April 25, 2015
The Georgetown House Tour featured Victoria and Douglas Rixey’s recently renovated house in Georgetown. The historic house was maintained intact on the exterior, but was gutted inside. New floor construction was installed to create higher ceilings in the entry level at street grade. A new stair with glass handrails connects the three levels. The ground level contains a study, large kitchenette, and guest suite. The first floor is open living and dining, a space 45 feet long. The modern kitchen is situated in a side gallery and features brick walls. The second floor is all master suite. The project features highly sustainable practices from the on demand hot water heaters to closed cell insulation throughout, to bamboo floors and quartz countertops. The photo to the left shows the master bath, part of an all master suite on the top floor.
September 18, 2014
Douglas Rixey is working with past clients to design an expansion to their house on Gibson Island, Maryland.
September 15, 2014
Historic approvals are underway and bid documents are being finalized for renovations and additions to this charming 1930s cottage in Ellicott City, Maryland. See a before photo.
August 19, 2014
Victoria Rixey traveled to New England to visit a client to walk an ocean view site for a new house project that begins design this fall.
June 27, 2014
Construction is underway on one of Georgetown’s most historic houses, part of Smith’s Row. Rixey-Rixey Architects designed extensive renovations to the 5,000 square foot house, and are removing a poorly built addition, replacing it with a new kitchen that opens to the garden. In addition, the existing two car garage is being replaced by a new three car garage.
June 2, 2014
Construction is in the final stages on a full house renovation designed by Rixey-Rixey Architects in West Georgetown. The extensive project features a completely open living floor which extends to the rear garden, a sumptuous master suite, full in-law suite and home office. The project includes all new systems and finishes. The project will be completed, start to finish, in just six months. A photo of the main living floor.
May 30, 2014
Earth moving equipment is at work on a farm in Marshall, Virginia where Rixey-Rixey Architects is creating a ha-ha. The project will create a picturesque hill thereby shielding a fence that keeps cows out of the historic farmhouse’s back yard. The enhanced view will be enjoyed from all public rooms in the house. Rixey-Rixey Architects completed a stable complex at the farm in 2012.
May 20, 2014
A Washingtonian/DC/AIA Residential Award has been given to a private Georgetown Residence, designed by Rixey-Rixey Architects.
January 3, 2014
Rixey-Rixey Architects has been selected to design alterations to a very significant historic house, part of Smith’s Row, in Georgetown. The work encompasses a re-alignment of living spaces as well as needed renovations throughout.
November 15, 2013
Construction is now complete on a vacation house in the historic Northern Neck of Virginia. Located on a peninsula, the house is just 50 feet from the water and was originally designed by RRA in 2005 as a one bedroom cottage. A 300 square foot screened porch was added facing the peninsula in 2012. The addition is conceived as a progression of rooms that open to the outdoors and includes a new living room, dining room, study, guest room, two full baths, and a screened porch with outdoor shower. All rooms capture water views. Seven Geothermal wells were installed and provide the house with two zones of high-efficiency eco-friendly heating and air-conditioning.
September 11, 2013
Victoria and Douglas Rixey are on the cover of The Georgetowner, with a feature article called “The Rixey Scale: Design Mix of Modern and Classic”. See the full article: http://www.georgetowner.com/issues/2013/09/11/
September 3, 2013
The office moved four blocks to 34th Street NW in the historic West Village of Georgetown last week. Phone numbers, mailing address and all else remains the same. Our Contacts page has the new street address.
May 23, 2013
The morning began with a photo shoot by renowned portrait photographer, Philip Bermingham, www.philipbermingham.com of both partners for an upcoming publication. The location of the photo shoot was in front of a newly renovated contemporary house by RRA in Georgetown.
Partners Victoria and Douglas Rixey attended a spring reception at Blair House, the President’s Guest House on Lafayette Square and met featured speaker, First Lady Michelle Obama. The firm donated services for the renovation of two bathrooms working with Barbara Sallick and Barbara Fleischmann of Waterworks which donated finish materials, fittings and fixtures. Photos of the finished projects are only available on the Blair House website, www.blairhouse.org, under Major Gifts and Redecorations, the Foreign Minister’s Bath.