This beautifully resolved crisp Colonial-style home is in an established garden neighborhood of Washington, D.C. A young family wanted a home that did not appear too grand or newly plunked down but did want to maximize entertaining and family spaces. The garden would need to provide sunlight year-round while also accommodating a swimming pool. Accordingly, the house was sited in an “L” plan to hug the northwest side of the lot for maximum garden exposure. The Colonial massing and materials used include a soft brick, a red-cedar shingle roof, and white painted trim that together feel familiar and comfortable in the area. The lack of grandiose design gestures and use of single-story elements and lower roofs are part of each principal façade, breaking down the scale of the two-story house. The clean lines of the interior allow moments of texture and color to stand out.