The owners of a Bethesda home purchased the property next door with the intent to combine the two lots and build an addition to their existing house. They wanted a swimming pool with an outdoor living area, a two-car garage, family room, kitchenette, and guest suite.
Our team reviewed the site and what it would look like once the neighboring house was demolished. One of the crucial goals of the designers was to locate the pool behind the addition and keep the massing of the addition down to retain sunlight to the pool in the summer without the new structure or existing house shading the pool.
“Very professional and excellent quality. Good communication, and I like the fact that much of the work is done by in-house people and not subcontracted out. They also did not nickel and dime over small changes,” the client says.
Demolition. The client worked directly with a deconstruction company for them to remove all the usable materials from the 1953 house on the neighboring property to either donate or recycle. Per county regulations, the client also had to combine the two lots into one. We worked with the client and the county to get this and other property-related approvals.
Excavation/Foundation. After the home was demolished, our excavation subcontractor graded the entire site to make sure the addition would be level with the existing house and to create a flat area for the pool. This included digging out the hill and building a retaining wall. They also poured the concrete slab or foundation for the addition.
Framing. We ordered pre-built trusses for the roof of the addition. Pre-built trusses are more common in new house construction, but it was the most efficient way to frame the structure. The trusses were delivered to the jobsite and we hired a crane and operator to lift them onto the structure where our crew fit them in place. Though there is currently no connection between the second floor of the main house and the second floor of the addition, the trusses were designed to allow for a future connection, should the clients want. For the two openings that connect the main floor of the house to the main floor of the addition, we waited until we had almost completed the framing before we cut through the back wall of the house.
Pool. We had a place holder in our design for the location of the pool, but the detailed plan for the pool, fire pit, surfacing, and plantings were developed by the landscape/pool company and homeowner. We built the addition and the pool company poured the pool foundation. The house was on a corner lot, so the pool company was able to access the site from the other side of the house from where we were building the addition.
Exterior Finishes. For the siding, we used real stucco to match the stucco on the existing home. We added Hardipanel with a stucco pattern as an accent. We also matched the existing home’s roofing for the addition.
Kitchenette/Eating Area. The entry to the addition is through two arched openings that echo the arched openings in the existing house. The openings flank the fireplace that faces the main house living room. A kitchenette with easy access to the pool allows for good entertaining flow, as well as a casual eating area for the family. The kitchenette has a large sink, dishwasher, freezer, and beverage/wine refrigerator. Upper cabinetry has glass-front cabinets for display and wine storage. It’s separated from the family room by a peninsula. Two square windows provide privacy from the street-facing side while bringing in natural light, as do two skylights.
Living Area. The living room has large French doors to the covered outdoor area. The hardwood flooring was selected and stained to match the floors in the main house.
Lower Level Bathroom. Our designers located a full bath so pool users have easy access through a full light door. One side has hooks, an open shelf, and a lower bench for bathing suits and towels.
Upper level. The second floor of the addition has a sitting area/exercise space, a full bath, bedroom and a storage closet. The trusses were designed so the clients can eventually connect the addition through the second floor of the main house. The railings on the stairs to this level match the railing in the main house.
Outdoor Room. The covered porch area is about ten-feet by thirty-feet and is an exterior living/dining room. This area has ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and a flat screen on one wall. The client wanted operable screens, so once we completed the addition, he hired a company to install screens that lower at the touch of a button to create a screened porch. Along the back wall of the garage there is storage for pool toys and tools and a showerhead.
Garage. The client wanted a place to park two sports cars. We installed a heavy-duty elastomeric-coated floor that has a high polish. Our project manager recommended installing strip LEDs in the ceiling. However, the suggestion didn’t come until after we installed the drywall, so our in-house electrician had to retrofit the wiring and lights. The electrician worked with the client to come up with the cool square pattern.
BEFORE AND AFTER IMAGES