Reiss chose his builder as carefully as his architect. Mason Hearn, president of HomeMasons of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, outside Richmond, had studied architecture at the University of Virginia. “Mason was familiar with Mark’s work, and had always wanted to do a McInturff project,” says Reiss. “Between the three of us, we sort of had an architectural thread connecting us.” Hearn also agreed to put his lead carpenter, Wayne Wilfong, on the project full-time. “That made me feel comfortable having a remote relationship with the contractor,” says Reiss, who still spent most of his time in Northern Virginia.
During construction, the three settled into a comfortable, though not entirely planned, routine. “I would come down here on the weekend,” says Reiss. “I would take photos and make sketches, and send them to Mark electronically either Sunday night or Monday. He would offer suggestions and solutions, and on Monday morning I would meet with Wayne. So I was not only Mark’s client, I was also his construction field rep. As an architect, I could understand his sketches and communicate them to the contractor.’