House of the Week | David Jameson contemporary for $2.195M

In 2005, Alexandria-based architect David Jameson was hired to recycle a 1950s ranch home in Bethesda. He carved out of its remains a puzzle of large, white interlocking squares, rectangles and cubes he named “Jigsaw.”

A couple of years after he completed the contemporary home, it went back on the market. Jameson told Bethesda Magazine that he bought it because “this was one of those projects that we did not go the whole distance.”

His final updates included turning a garage into an office, finishing the basement, and adding cabinetry inside while laying down walkways and putting in new landscaping outside.

Jameson and his family lived in the home for a time before selling it to the current owners.

The approximately 3,000-square-foot dwelling blurs the boundaries between indoors and out. Segments of walls have been peeled away to reveal strips of glass. Ceiling heights skip from eight to 20 feet. Dark-stained oak floors ground the space.

The centerpiece is an interior open-air courtyard wrapped in glass. A gas fireplace that was part of the original home warms the area on cool nights.

“When I think of a lot of contemporary homes, I think of the space as being cold,” said Lauren Davis of Washington Fine Properties, who is the listing agent along with Sherry Davis. “These spaces are not cold because there’s so much light and so many windows.”

Much of the kitchen is concealed behind sleek teak cabinetry. A faucet and a gas cooktop are the only giveaways that meals are prepared there.

A large glass door in the family room glides open to an outdoor terrace with a saline pool, a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen and a dining area. Evergreen trees guard the perimeter to provide privacy.

The master suite is on the first floor. Two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom are on the upper level. Another bedroom with a full bath is on the lower level.

Jameson, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and designers, has received several awards for Jigsaw, including a 2009 award for interior architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house is listed at $2.195 million.

Listing: 6011 Kirby Rd., Bethesda

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