The house was situated to take advantage of passive solar energy, with windows that loom large.
Jeff Carpenter spent 20 years working with big, impersonal construction companies before deciding to shift gears and hang his own shingle. “I’d been building hundreds of homes a year,” he recalls. “I wanted to do less running around supervising personnel and have closer involvement with homeowners.”
This sustainable home embodies a contemporary aesthetic.
He founded Monticello Homes in 1990 and it quickly took off. Twenty years later, the Fairfax Station, Virginia-based company builds from two to five houses a year and tackles remodeling projects—which works just fine for Carpenter. “I love it,” he says. “I have a small staff and we emphasize personal relationships and quality.”
A view from above illustrates the soaring ceiling height.
Most of Monticello Homes’ business is located in Northern Virginia. To keep the company small, Carpenter doesn’t invest in subdivisions; homeowners tend to approach him to build on a property they already own, or more often, to help them find a property to build on. Monticello Homes builds in all styles. “That’s the fun part,” Carpenter says. “There are a million styles between contemporary and traditional and we do them all.”
The modern kitchen has octagonally shaped windows.