Tea house in Fairfax, VA


This tea house was designed and built for a couple in Fairfax with an interest and appreciation for Japanese traditional design.  The goal was to build a garden structure that was functional and beautiful, using natural materials and techniques adapted from those that Japanese carpenters have been using for centuries.  The frame of the tea house is cedar. The roof is done in cedar shingles. The floor is straight grain fir with a dark stain and a polyurethane finish. Two sides of the house have fixed insect screen panels. The other two sides have sliding doors with screen panels. These doors can be removed from their tracks and stored against the two fixed panels. The step at the front is from an oak slab that came from a Capitol Hill Oak tree.  The low table inside the house is from the same tree.