Collaborating with designer Arlene Critzos, builder John Joy infuses the warmth of home in a modern farmhouse in Annapolis

Everyone has a comfort zone. Whether indoors or out, in a book or on a hike, the key to this sanctum is knowing when you’ve arrived. For a couple with young kids looking to build a getaway an easy drive from their primary residence in Northern Virginia, the initial urge was to embrace their familiar stomping ground. Then they saw a house several hours away in Maryland—and the instinct to stay within their comfort zone went right out the window.

The couple had already chosen a Virginia lot on which to build when friends encouraged them to go see a newly constructed, modern farmhouse-style abode on Annapolis’ South River. The sprawling, 6,800-square-foot home comprised a main volume with a standing-seam roof, flanking wings and a swimming pool built into the rear

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Simple, relaxed and welcoming, this pair of modern home interiors build comfort through soft grey, white and wood decor. The two designs achieve balance between the crisp cool of monochrome and the textural warmth of wood tone in two different styles. On one hand there is an airy minimalist layout with bespoke fitted furniture, wood slatted dividing walls, and a laid-back low key feel – a place where family and friends can come lounge without ceremony and children play without borders. Home interior number two is packed a little more generously with home decor items, many of which have a more traditional flavour mixed with modernity, and lustrous golden touches.

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