Meet The ASPIRE HOUSE McLean 2020 Designers: An Exclusive Interview With Michael Winn

Michael Winn, along with Stan Khramov, of Winn Design + Build took one look at the half-circle window in an en-suite bathroom in ASPIRE HOUSE McLean and they were instantly inspired. Their bath design incorporates both interior and exterior elements of the classic home. They shared more insight below in an exclusive interview with Sherry Moeller.


Rendering of the Michael Winn/Winn Design + Build Bathroom in ASPIRE HOUSE McLean 2020. Rendering by Winn Design + Build.

Sherry Moeller: Describe your room at the show house. How did you come up with the concept and what’s the backstory?
Michael Winn: Our bathroom is one of the en-suite bathrooms with a grand half-circle window that emphasizes the home’s classic lines. Because the room is relatively long with a tall ceiling, we are using a large format tile installed in a horizontal pattern to make the room feel shorter and to complement the circular shape of the window. While the shower features the same tiles, we used a smaller and darker octagonal mosaic tile for the floor to complete the design.

SM: What’s a favorite element you plan to incorporate into your space at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean?
MW: The tile’s horizontal pattern ties all the pieces together and creates a balanced space.


This en-suite bathroom in a new custom home by Winn Design + Build features graphic tiles. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

SM: What projects have you done in the past that most resemble or relate in some way to what you plan to design at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean? Or is this a completely different concept?
MW: All of our designs are created in collaboration with specific clients, so this was a new experience. It represents our design aesthetic well.

SM: Have you participated in other show houses and why?
MW: This is our first opportunity to be involved in a show house so we’re excited to participate. The show house experience also gave us a chance to support the community and charities within the region and beyond.


Winn Design + Build designed and built this new bathroom with a center freestanding tub and a wall of storage in a Virginia home addition. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

SM: What’s next for you design wise—are there some projects you’re particularly excited about? Are there any projects you’d love to tackle, sort of a design bucket list?
MC: Our whole team is looking forward to new whole-house renovation projects because they are the most challenging and fun. My bucket list includes designing and building a contemporary, modular single-family home. Stan’s bucket list project would be to design a beach house in Nova Scotia.

Proceeds for ASPIRE HOUSE: McLean will benefit the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more, and purchase tickets for the event; opening August 21 through September 14, 2020.


About the Designer | Michael Winn founded Winn Design + Build in 1996 as a family-owned and operated full-service residential design-build firm specializing in whole house renovations, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as well as additional exterior and interior remodeling. With the entire design-build process under one roof, Winn and team provide a seamless experience from start to finish. Clients also have access to a web-based project management tool to communicate directly with the Winn team. Winn Design + Build is Energy Star-certified utilizing green building approaches and also has a custom modular division. Stan Khramov, senior project designer at Winn Design + Build, partnered with Michael Winn on the design of this bathroom and has worked as an architectural designer in architectural offices and design-build firms for most of his professional career.

Winn Design + Build’s projects have been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Washington Business Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Home & Design, Washingtonian, HGTV, and more. Winn recently won four 2020 Capital CotY awards and two 2020 Regional Coty Awards from The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).


Sherry Moeller is a contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.

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