Built using white limestone, a traditional material commonly found in France and not native to the Eastern United States, a slate roof and post-and-beam construction gives this home the appearance of an old medieval structure when in fact it was completed in 2006. The exterior of the Stone Cottage uses a technique called "Slush & Brush" that was employed thousands of years ago, using a wood paddle instead of a trowel and not raking back the joints. The Stone Cottage is only 1,800 square feet (170 m2) and features an open plan Great Room where the kitchen, dining area and living room are located.
The open plan design allows for a family to experience 'connected space' instead of being in separate rooms in a much larger home.
Moran is an advocate of smaller "cozy house" design. Quoted in the Washington Post AT HOME Magazine, Moran talks of smaller homes being a current trend in the US residential building market.
- Washington Post AT HOME Magazine, Summer 2007 by Stephanie Cavanaugh
- Cottages & Bungalows Magazine, Summer 2007, "Building History" by Laura Meyers
- Maryland Life Magazine, May/June 2007, "Gallic Getaway" by Martha Thomas
- Timber Homes Illustrated, February 2008, story by Teresa L. Wolff.
- Ridder, Mona (4 September 2007). "Rawlings cottage home featured in national magazine". Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved 10 March 2013.