Williamsburg Landing – Small Houses & Adult Day Center

Williamsburg, VA

The new, paired small houses and adult day center provide secure and comfortable settings that accommodate newly implemented evidence and behavior-based therapy and support programs for people with dementia.  Much like a private home, access to each small house is through a secure entry foyer that leads into the living and dining areas.  The kitchen is tucked around the corner, staff areas are discreetly located and bedrooms are accessed from a separate corridor. 

All residents have private bedrooms, which they and their families furnish, as well as fully accessible bathrooms.  Each small house has its own great room living and dining area, complemented by smaller, quiet spaces as well as a gathering/activity room that is shared by the two houses. The open kitchen allows for final meal preparations and made-to-order options. The adult day center was conceived as a community outreach program and program participants can partake of many of the activities and programs offered to residents in the small houses. 

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

The Village at Orchard Ridge, a National Lutheran Community

Winchester, VA

Phase one for this new CCRC included the first of four small houses envisioned by the master plan. The design pairs a 10-bed skilled care house and an 18-bed memory care house, each with its own distinct living, dining and core support services. The kitchen and service areas are positioned between the two for efficient service delivery without compromising the residential scale of the living spaces. Within the skilled nursing small house, the bedrooms are in a private wing separate from the generously-sized, open living room areas. Staff and support areas are located in the center of the plan for each house to maximize natural light and outdoor connections to the resident rooms and living areas.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Albright Care Services – Normandie Ridge

York, PA

The first project identified through a master planning process resulted in an 11,000 square foot 18-bed memory care addition. The neighborhood emulates a private home with its own separate entrance. Each resident room takes advantage of abundant natural light and includes a private bath with European shower. The resident rooms are organized around a central living area that includes a country kitchen with access to a secure outdoor porch and garden. Staff areas are gathered behind-the-scenes in the core of the space so resident areas take advantage of the prime natural light and views.


Photo credit: Nathan Cox Photography

The Village at Orchard Ridge, a National Lutheran Home Community

Winchester, VA

Inspired by the traditional American small town, the chapel and town center form the Village Green which is encircled by a variety of senior living and care options. Located on a challenging 132-acre site, the community exemplifies neo-traditional design and incorporates pedestrian-friendly town planning concepts. Phase I included apartments, community center, patio homes, assisted living and paired skilled nursing and memory care small houses.

Awards: Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review & Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography