April 4, 2010 Mid-Century Modern

Two 1970s Deck Houses in Fairfax, McLean

With spring finally here, take a look at these two 1970s contemporaries by Deck House. Both are on large lots with plenty of surrounding nature. This one on .75 acres in Mantua in Fairfax is from 1979 and is listed at $799K. This one in McLean was built in 1975 and sits on 2.34 acres. It is listed for $1.225 million.

Deck House, Inc. was founded in 1959 by William Berkes, a pioneer in post and beam building systems. The Deck House typically featured post and beam construction with exposed Douglas fir beams and tongue-and-groove vaulted ceilings. The entire rear of the house, located here on more than two acres, is glass, including sliding glass doors leading out to the tree-surrounded deck.

In 1995, Deck House merged with Acorn Structures, which was founded in 1947. The firm was renamed Empyrean International in 2005, the same year that the dwell home by Empyrean brand was developed. The combined companies have built more than 20,000 homes. Facing major financial difficulties, the company went into receivership in 2008.  Today, the company is back in business and renamed to reflect its roots: the Acorn Deck House Company, owned by Trudeau Homes International. It’s current modern line is called Next House, an updated twist on the Deck House.