Speight Architects

Richard Travis Speight, Architect
8103 Garland Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 588-1001 • richard@speightarchitects.com


Plan #10,623

Design Information

Design Name Versailles, Plan #10,623
Category Estate
Levels 4
Elevator? No
# Bedrooms 5
# Full Baths 5
# Half Baths 2
Master Bath Yes (shared)
# Fireplaces 4
Total Area Under Roof 10,623 sq. ft.
Total Living Area 7,619 sq. ft.
Max. Footprint Width 100 ft., 6 in.
Max. Footprint Depth 60 ft., 4 in.
Chimney Projects 2
Attached Garage Yes, 4 car(s)
Detached Garage No

Level Details

Basement Floor Plan
Ceiling Height 10'-0" & 9'-0"
Area (finished/living) 2,451 sq. ft.
Area (unfinished/non-living) 797 sq. ft.
Contents The Basement Level contains a Recreation Room with fireplace and Bar/Kitchen, Billiard Room , Bedroom # 5, Full bath, Mechanical and Storage Room. The Basement is accessible from a stair off of the Foyer or the Sun Well,
First Floor Plan
Ceiling Height 10'-3"
Area (finished/living) 3,248 sq. ft.
Area (unfinished/non-living) 1,207 sq. ft.
Contents As you walk in the front door you enter a 20'-7" high Foyer with the Dining Room on your right and a Powder Room and Living Room on your left. Both the Living and Dining Rooms have 19'-3" high ceilings that go up vertically 10'-3" and then slope smaller as they get to the ceiling. There is a balcony that looks down over the Dining Room from the Second Floor Gallery. Straight ahead is the Family Room with a 21'-7" ceiling that slopes up toward the center. To the back left is a Library with a 10'-3" ceiling and to the right is a Breakfast Room, Kitchen, back stairs and a 4 Car Garage, The Laundry with Powder Room doubles as a Mud Room. The optional Sun Room is behind the Breakfast Room.
Second Floor Plan
Ceiling Height 9'-3"
Area (finished/living) 2,920 sq. ft.
Contents The Second Floor features a Master Bedroom with a cathedral ceiling, a Dressing Area with vanity and three walk-in-closets, an enclosed toilet and bidet, a whirlpool hot tub big enough for two, another vanity and shower big enough for two. Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4 all have private baths. There is a Laundry and dramatic views of the two story Foyer and Family Room from the Bridge.
Sun Room
Area (finished/living) 581 sq. ft.
Contents A Sun Room where the owner and guest can watch TV in a wet swimsuit. Volume space above the Sun Room is 254 Sq. Ft.


The Versailles was designed for a developer who successfully built and sold many Speight architects designs. Like so many of my quality builders, he grew up in an extended family of qualified, successful builders and business people. He learned by example from childhood. He said that he wanted to make a statement. Everyone has a two story Foyer and Family Room, but he also wanted a two story Living and Dining Room. The design proceeded from there. The first purchaser bought this home and immediately asked for the Sun Room addition. He said there is no place to watch TV in a wet swimsuit. The Versailles may be built with or without the Sun Room.

The first home owner was nice enough to loan me his Bentley and chauffeur for a friend's wedding.

Many embassy personnel are royalty in their own country. Two royal families have lived in the Versailles. If you would like to live like royalty, this could be the home for you. It is an honor when homes designed by Speight Architects are chosen to be embassy residences.

The total house floor area of 10, 623 square feet both finished (living) and unfinished (non-living) does not include the 1,037 square feet of volume space above the two story Foyer, Family, Living and Dining Rooms, but for pricing this square footage must be considered. Although there is no floor, volume space could cost as much as or more than regular floor area because two or more story spaces often have spectacular glass, Stone or brick fireplaces that go up two or more stories and the electrical, drywall, trim, painting, etc. must be done on scaffolding which means more equipment and labor.