Modern kitchen interior with stainless steel appliances and a marble surface.

Surface Attraction: Part of a Craftsmen Style Makeover

“To connect with adjacent rooms, the kitchen is lightly detailed, with an abundance of natural surfaces.”—Jim Rill

Trends: Home
Indoor swimming pool with large windows overlooking a forest.

Stylish Indoor Pools

“We wanted to take full advantage of it’s location in a woody environment by incorporating the wonders of nature.”—Team at Rill Architects
Incredible modern kitchen interior with a central island, white cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.

The Most Incredible Kitchens Inside DC’s Most Amazing Homes

“The kitchen has become more than a place to cook. It’s become a multi-use space with dining areas”—David Benton

Capital File
A two-story house with a large front porch surrounded by trees on a clear day.

Architecture and Custom Building: Case Study

“When building a sustainable home, examine how the house is oriented on the lot. The way the winds and sun impact your home is very important.”—The Rill Architect Team

H&D Sourcebook
Historic red brick mansion viewed from an elegant formal garden with a sundial and manicured hedges.

2016 Designers Choice Award

“To be selected for Hall of Fame Architect is indeed a great honor.”—Team at Rill Architects

Home and Design
Modern kitchen with white cabinetry, green accent walls, and hardwood floors, leading to an adjoining dining area.

Light and Space

“The home’s transformation took it from a 1970’s split level and turned it into something light and bright that suited their young family.”—Richard Rossi

K+BB Magazine
Wine cellar with extensive bottle storage, stone pillars, and a tasting table with wine bottles and glasses.

DC Area Wine Enthusiasts Turn Their Basements into Elegant Wine Cellars

“It’s designed to look like it was carved out of a mountain, with stone walls, stone floors and stone niches”

The Washington Post
Elegant patio dining area outside a modern home with large windows and lush greenery.

Architects and Building Designers: Rill Architects

“Creating unique homes as special as the families who live in them.”—Jim Rill

Rustic stone and timber pavilion with landscaped garden in a country setting.

The Backyard Barbecue

“It’s just wonderful to be outdoors, to get the nature and yet to be protected from the elements.”—the client

The Washington Post Magazine
New kitchen interior with wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a center island.

Killer Kitchens—A New Classic

“The clients wanted an open floor plan and plenty of room for big gatherings”—David Benton

Arlington Magazine
An illuminated gazebo by a tranquil pond at twilight with a reflection on the water surface.

Trending in the Garden

“The space was created as a place to enjoy nature while relishing the comforts of home.”—Team at Rill Architects

The Connection Newspaper
Rustic kitchen with wooden beams, green cabinets, and a chandelier over the island.

Kitchen Encounters

“The client loves to cook with modern facilities and appliances; however, the design intent was to carry through the rustic cabin feel.”—Jim Rill

Robb Report, Home & Style
A cozy home hallway decorated with eclectic furniture and a large cloud painting at the end wall.

DC Design House—McLean Showhouse Home Opens to the Public April 12th

“Like the house, which feels like it has been added to over time, we wanted the interior to feel like an acquired collection”—David Benton

Potomac Almanac
Modern house nestled among forest trees.

Into the Woods—Building Among the Trees.

“Our firm dedicates itself to creating spaces that are connected to the views and vistas of the outdoors”—Team at Rill Architects

American Lifestyle Magazine
A rustic wooden house with a metal roof surrounded by lush greenery at dusk.

Top Architect: Rill Architects

“We incorporate natural light and utilize the entire site to expand homes into the landscape”—Team at Rill Architects

Home and Design
Bright and airy living room with vaulted ceilings, neutral tones, and elegant furnishings.

River’s Edge

“The house is beautiful, but it was missing one key ingredient: a connection to it’s stunning waterfront surroundings”—Jim Rill

Home and Design
A bright sunroom with large windows, a door leading to an outdoor garden, and gardening supplies on the shelves and floor.

Winter Garden: Ideas for a Dream Potting Room

“There is no rule that says potting has to happen in a shed”—Jim Rill

Modern house facade with a wooden door and garage.

Feels Like Home

“After finding a house in the perfect neighborhood, a couple renovates to reflect their love and passion for the environment.”—Bethesda Magazine

Bethesda Magazine
A cozy living room with a stone fireplace and a mounted television, surrounded by comfortable seating and large windows.

Great Home Design: Expanded Craftsman

“The idea was to give the room some warmth, some texture, something cozy but soaring.”—Team at Rill Architects

Washingtonian Magazine
A two-story home with dark siding, brick accents, and surrounded by lush greenery.

Houzz Tour: Eclectic Ranch Revival in Washington D.C.

“The simple exterior and familiar profile recall iconic American Architecture. It’s a country house feel, but we’re in the city.”—David Benton

Georgian-style brick mansion with central doorway and symmetric window arrangement at sunset, now a tech incubator for launching innovation.

For Launching Innovation, A Cushy Pad

“Everyone who comes to Washington wants to change the world, but not many get a chance like this… in a setting like this.“—the Washington Post

The Washington Post
An elegant entrance with a teal door and stone facade, featuring the address '4600' over the doorway.

Show House Dazzle

“We offset the home’s traditional front facade by brightening it up and making it friendlier and more approachable.”—David Benton

Home and Design
Elegant backyard patio with pergola, comfortable seating, and a view of a landscaped pond.

Sitting Pretty Poolside

“Creating outdoor living rooms that define and give order to the landscape are key elements to a home design.”—Jim Rill

John Eric Home
A two-story suburban house with a gabled roof, front porch, and attached garage.

9 Top Rated Color Combinations for Your Home Exterior

“Choosing the right colors for your exterior can make a big impact on the look of your home.”—Team at Rill Architects

Elegant patio dining area outside a modern home with large windows and lush greenery.

Back to Nature

“The addition worships light and brings it into the home. The owners can sit here on a winters day and feel like they’re outside.”—Jim Rill

Home and Design
A craftsman-style house with a gabled roof and a front porch during early fall.

Baby Boomers Enhance the Empty Nest

“I don’t want to move, I like our home’s proximity to grocery, shopping and Metro. So we decided to upsize.”—the Homeowner

The Washington Post
Twilight view of a dual-structure waterfront residence with lit windows and an interconnecting deck.

On the Waterfront

“The deck railing consists of horizontal steel wires like those on a sailboat, adding to the nautical feel and providing an unobstructed view.”—Jim Rill

Bethesda Magazine
Elegant outdoor seating area with a covered pavilion and fireplace adjacent to a residential home.

English—Garden Style

“We took this beautiful garden and created ways to experience it.”—Jim Rill

Home and Design
Modern twin gable-roofed houses with wood siding and a shared staircase.

In Home Design, It’s Easier to be Green

“Green building products are also becoming much more accessible and affordable in the long run.”—Jim Rill

Washingtonian Magazine
Modern glass house with wooden beams nestled in a forest setting at dusk.

Rill Architects’ Retreat in the Woods

“Simple forms and natural materials were key to the design of this home.”—Jim Rill

Modern treehouse-style home nestled in lush woodland.

Home Decor Trends 2013

“In the past traditional architecture has been the go-to design of choice. Now clients are comfortable with contemporary design, not only with interior layout, but also the exterior.”—Rill Architects Team

The Almanac: Home Life Style
White interior staircase with black handrail beside windows.

The Power of Light

“The clients wanted a house that had a presence, but not an ostentatious presence, more of a subtle elegance.”—Rill Architects Team

The Potomac Almanac
Illuminated rustic house by the lake at dusk with reflections on the water.

History is a Backdrop

“The owners wanted to retain the sense of history associated with the land.”—Jim Rill

Trends: Top 50 New Homes
Traditional brick mansion with ornamental garden and sundial.

Private Tour: A History of Giving

“We knew right away that this historic house was perfect for our foundation. We looked at the terraces and grounds and fell in love.”—the Homeowners

Home and Design
Cozy living room in a Potomac oasis with a stone fireplace and wooden ceiling, featuring leather armchairs, a bar area, and elegant home decor.

An Oasis in Potomac

“The goal was to build a haven for family and friends to gather and enjoy spectacular views of their woodsy backyard.”—The Rill Architects Team

The Connection Newspapers
Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and white subway tile backsplash.

Architect takes on Challenge of a Galley Kitchen

“I see the galley kitchen as an opportunity to squeeze maximum style in a linear layout.”—David Benton

Washington Examiner
Indoor pool area with large windows offering a view of the surrounding forest.

Beautiful Basements

“We took painstaking efforts to keep the trees alive through the construction process, retaining a rich habitat for all wildlife.”—the Homeowner

Washingtonian Magazine
An elegant outdoor area with a fireplace and seating area at dusk.

Bringing the Family Room Outdoors

“With careful design considerations, you can create an outdoor room that seamlessly transitions between the house and the yard.”—Jim Rill

The Washington Post
A backyard with a swimming pool, patio furniture, and a large house with multiple levels and a mix of stone and siding materials.

Change of Plans

“The back of the house is where you can really see the yin and the yang of nature and house working together.”—Jim Rill

Renovation Style
A quaint wooden house with a porch, surrounded by a landscaped garden.

Natural Appeal

“You should find a beautiful property and let it grow with you.”—Jim Rill

Cabin Floor Plans
Elegant bedroom with a four-poster bed, two armchairs, and a neutral color scheme.

Historic Evermay Mansion in Georgetown becomes a $22 million Guest House

“We were attracted to everything, the history of the building and the gardens. It is a national treasure.”—the Homeowners

The Washington Post Magazine
Luxurious backyard with an in-ground pool, patio area, and spacious house with stone accents.

Poolside Paradise

“We wanted to create a cozy, attractive outdoor living area for the family to enjoy.”—The Rill Architects Team

Maryland Life
A wooden door with a silver handle.

Introduce Yourself to the Right Front Door

“The front door is where you want the bang for your buck, it’s the first thing people see.”—David Benton

Washington Examiner
Bright kitchen interior with white cabinets, hanging shelves, and a farmhouse sink.

Picnic on the Porch

“More and more kitchens are being designed at the center of a confluence between indoors and out.”—The Rill Architects Team

Kitchen Trends Magazine
A waterfront house with a sunroom facing a calm river, surrounded by autumn foliage.

Paradise Found

“A simple home is appealing, a place where one listens to the tapping water and the herons’ call, instead of the hum of traffic.”—the Homeowners

Annapolis Magazine
Rustic stone and wood house with a silo at dusk.

History is a Backdrop

“The homeowners were familiar with log cabin construction and wanted such a home for there country retreat. It needed to be rustic and authentic, with hand-hewn timbers, and it also had to look as though it had evolved over time.”—Jim Rill

A wooden cathedral ceiling with a skylight and a white ceiling fan.

Seeing the Light

“The ceiling provides an elegant touch, a flat roof wouldn’t be nearly as ‘wow.’”—the Homeowner

Bethesda Magazine
Elegant outdoor living space with a stone fireplace, wooden furnishings, and a mounted animal head decoration.

Year Round Retreat

“The owners spend lots of time outside so they wanted an outdoor room with TV, kitchen, fireplace and the best views.”—Jim Rill

H&D Sourcebook
An elegant single-story house with a beige exterior, arched doorway, and well-manicured landscape.

Tranquil Oasis

“…the attention to detail is evident in graceful moldings, wainscoting and trim, and rhythmic changes in ceiling heights.”—Home & Design

Home and Design
Modern kitchen with wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances extending into a living area with large windows and garden view, designed in elegant style.

Uncluttered Chic

“Our goal was to bring the outdoors in and create an open floor plan to expand the outlook of this tiny historical townhouse”—The Rill Architects Team

Small Room Decorating
A cozy bedroom with a pink theme adorned with plush toys and featuring an ornate fireplace with an artwork above it.

Room to Grow

“The fireplace, made from western Maryland fieldstone, has just enough detail – including a decorative screen and wide, white mantel – to make if feminine.”—Jim Rill

Bethesda Magazine
Bright and airy living room interior with high ceilings, built-in bookshelves, and large windows.

Trim adds Warmth and Character to Interiors and Exteriors

“Trim can really create a sense of warmth and scale. It makes the room more comfortable.”—Jim Rill

Washington Examiner
Rustic bathroom design with a classic lantern-style light fixture, cream wall tiles, and a wooden door partially open.

Bathroom Design

“This bathroom uses natural elements, such as sticks and logs from the property, which were whittled by carpenters and made into the vanity. Natural slate materials and saloon doors make it a fun, playful space.”—The Rill Architects Team

Chesapeake Home + Living
Outdoor covered patio area with kitchen and fireplace.

Cover Story: Outdoor Kitchens Blur Home-yard Line

“It’s important to use the right materials so the outdoor kitchen will last and also tie the design into the house.”—Jim Rill

The Washington Times
Bright, contemporary kitchen with white cabinetry, dark countertops, and a central sink under pendant lighting.

Butlers Pantry is Still a Big Draw for Homeowners

“The pantries can range from a utilitarian space consisting of open shelves and stainless steel counters to more of a formal area with marble tops and glass cabinets.”—The Rill Architects Team

Washington Examiner
A tudor-style house with decorative half-timbering and a large evergreen tree beside the entrance.

Back in Style

“The renovated portico extends a warm welcome. We altered the trim above the entry and painted it in contrasting colors to accentuate the home’s Tudor style.”—The Rill Architects Team

Home and Design
Elegant dining room featuring a dark wood table, wicker chairs, and a large pendant light, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with sheer curtains.

Varied Ceilings Give Home Personality

“Ceilings often are taken for granted in remodeling but varying the height in different rooms can change the entire personality of the home”—The Rill Architects Team

Washington Examiner
Luxurious suburban home with stone accents and large columns.

Luxury Home: Rustic Outside, Palatial Inside

“The center-hall foyer has a circular tray ceiling, wainscoting and archways leading into the study, dining room and the gallery which has a barrel ceiling and extends from one end of the house to the other.”—The Washington Times

The Washington Times
Modern kitchen interior with wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting, and an integrated fireplace.

Eco-Friendly Bungalow

“We have always been a fan of Arts and Crafts houses. We fell in love with the aesthetic and we’ve also become very interested in green building.”—the Homeowner

Chesapeake Home + Living
Suburban home with a front porch and stepping stone pathway.

Luxury Home: Arts and Crafts Style with Green Outlook

“This home is a prime example of environmentally conscious building, resulting an extremely energy-efficient, healthy home.”—The Washington Times

The Washington Times
Modern glass house illuminated at twilight amidst a wooded landscape.

100 Top Designers

“We incorporate natural light and utilize the entire site to expand homes into the landscape”—The Rill Architects Team

Home and Design