We are a small but versatile design and construction firm with an interest in and an aptitude for interesting projects that are just a bit out of the mainstream.

We utilize a palette of modern high performance engineered products and systems, natural materials, and fine craftsmanship to create distinctive and functional spaces.
Our experience and expertise encompass progressive high-efficiency building components such as hydronic radiant heating and structural insulated panels (SIPS), with construction details incorporating the best in building science, mortise and tenon timber frame construction, and conventional stick-framed construction.   We can combine these elements as appropriate to build attractive, functional and unique homes that are energy-efficient, comfortable, and long-lasting. 

We consider the quality of the relationship that is developed over the course of a project to be nearly as important as the physical results.  The single most important element of our relationship with our clients is mutual trust.  Our personal integrity, openness, and our process are important factors in achieving and maintaining cooperative and friendly relationships with our clients.

Clarke Co. home takes in 
mountain view


Teetor slideshow

Photo Credits: Will Martindale and Nathan Webb, AIA

This new home in Clarke County was designed by Reader & Swartz Architects in Winchester.  The house is nestled into the woodline of the pastoral site yet takes advantage of the sunlight and views to the South and East from it's lofty perch.  The beautifully crafted timber frame in the main living area was provided by Blue Ridge Timberwrights in Christiansburg.  With the large areas of glass between the timbers, this naturally lit space has the feeling of an outdoor cathedral.

Modern interiors right at home in this Historic Winchester home

(some exterior elements still in progress)

Samuel Noakes House

Photo Credits:  Nathan Webb, AIA

This extensive remodel to a prominent home in downtown Winchester was a great collaborative design effort between Reader & Swartz, Houseworks, LLC, and the client.  The building was previously divided into two apartments (above and below) which abandoned the classical stair case.  In the design for the remodel, the two spaces were restored to their initial arrangement (front and back apartments) which allowed us to restore the staircase to near original condition.  Most of the narrow plank pine floors were salvaged in the front apartment which offers a humble historic contrast to the contemporary casework and modern kitchen cabinetry. The back apartment has a very striking "urban loft" style with features such as exposed brick and stone, bamboo and cork flooring, and a custom steel and wood staircase that is highlighted by a crackled glass floor.  Natural light is abundant via remote controlled skylights and all new double hung windows.  The laundry room is cleverly hidden by a sliding barn door made from wood reclaimed from the demolition.  All of the custom built-ins, closets, and vanities were built on-site by Houseworks.  

Since it's completion, this project has had much acclaim. Aside from winning several design awards, it has also been featured in a new book by Katie Hutchinson called 

"the new small house"
which is available for purchase through Amazon or directly from The Taunton Press.  

New home on the Shenandoah River


Photo Credits: Will Martindale and Nathan Webb, AIA 
We recently completed another house designed by Reader & Swartz Architects.  As is typical of their design, the seam between indoors and out is blended by large well lit spaces and a palette of natural materials that create an exciting interplay with the surrounding landscape.  On the interior you will find vaulted ceilings throughout the upper level which are supported by hand-built custom trusses made in the shop of Houseworks.  Red Oak with a black lacquer finish was used in the library. The exterior features highly textured and natural materials such as Poplar bark shingle siding, live-edge cedar lap siding, and corrugated Cor-Ten vertical siding. 




Porch addition breathes new life into an ordinary deck

Burke porch

Photo Credits: Will Martindale

This repeat customer hired us to add a porch and expand their existing deck to make it more more inviting and useful.  The weathered pressure-treated decking and railings were replaced with Timbertech composite deck boards and stainless cable railing was strung between new treated posts and handrails which were stained with a solid acrylic stain from Cabot.  These materials, in addition to the pre-painted metal roofing, offer a clean and low-maintenance structure that will serve the owners for years to come.  To see another project we did for this client several years ago, look for "Burke Basement" on our Gallery page.

From the Client:

"We made a great choice to have the Martindales be the builders for our "lower level".  They worked well with us as this project developed and offered many creative ideas.  They listened to what we needed, and were better than we were about reminding us of our budget.  Will's craftsmanship is truly remarkable and he pays extraordinary attention to detail.  He also demonstrated the Gold standard for the things you hope for when doing any project: being prompt, courteous, tidy, responsible, and responsive.  We recommend them highly!"

- Missy Burke