Single Work

Chevy Chase Heights, DC – Rear Addition

Description

The owners of this meticulously maintained upper Northwest DC Dutch Colonial wanted to enlarge their kitchen and redo their screened-in porch. They wanted elegant and functional spaces that would improve the look, feel and function of the rear end of the first floor, both inside and out.

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Brief Explanation of the Scope of Work
The owners of this meticulously maintained upper Northwest DC Dutch Colonial wanted to enlarge their kitchen and redo their screened-in porch. They wanted elegant and functional spaces that would improve the look, feel and function of the rear end of the first floor, both inside and out.

The clients wanted to enlarge their tiny kitchen, but didn’t want a kitchen addition which spanned the width of the house as other design/build companies had suggested. They didn’t want to sacrifice the benefits of having a screened-in porch.

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Before – Rear Elevation

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After – Rear Elevation

Unusual Constraints/Challenges & Creative Solutions
A good deal of creative thinking and consideration of the clients’ requirements and budget ultimately produced a design that was compact and modest but still fulfilled their spatial and aesthetic needs.

Instead of a huge bump-out, the existing kitchen was extended to a depth of 6 feet; an adequate amount of space to meet their objectives.

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Before – Kitchen

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Before – Kitchen

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After – Kitchen

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After – Kitchen


By relocating the door between the dining room and kitchen to the center the shared wall, better circulation was obtained. This provided for a lot more counter space, which was sorely lacking in the old kitchen. There was even enough space to have an eat-in counter.

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By taking the time to talk to the clients about how they cook, we were able to carefully place the appliances and cabinets so that the space would be comfortable for two cooks. The new lay-out also provided a larger screened-in porch and a covered walkway. Flagstone pavement on the walkway and porch floors created a warm transition from the backyard and into the new interior spaces. This also allowed for a greatly improved roofline in contrast to the awkward tie-in between the existing screened-in porch and the home.

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Before – Screen Porch

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After – Screen Porch

Gracefully tying-in a new structure to the unique roofline of a Dutch colonial is always a challenge, both aesthetically and structurally. A beam was necessary to support the existing second floor and the new roof of the addition. Careful attention was given in design to ensure that the new support structure did not interfere with the ceiling and floor lines of the old and new spaces. Since the added kitchen space is over a new crawlspace, foam insulation was installed in the floor joists to minimize heat loss into a cold crawl space. Radiant floor heat was also installed in this area to supplement the heat provided by a relocated radiator.

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Final Results
The remodeled home shines from the careful attention to detail taken during design and construction phases. Evidence of craftsmanship is everywhere on this project including the carefully selected and expertly installed ceramic tile for the kitchen floor, the flagstone floors, the granite countertops and backsplashes, Hardi siding and Azek exterior trims, the wood interior trims that matched the existing ones in the house, bead board panels on the porch and breezeway ceilings.

The cabinetry style and finish was chosen to compliment the Craftsman style that is predominant in the homeowners’ furnishings. Illumination was carefully planned to provide for ample ambient, task and accent lighting. The screened-in porch is a much used space for relaxing and informal entertaining. Visitors have commented on how the new addition feels like it’s been a part of the house all along and how well the new spaces and existing spaces transition. The proportion of the addition is also in keeping with the scale of the house.

Best of all, this project proves that home additions do not need to be grand in size. A modest addition can create a grand improvement with careful space planning. A little can go a long way.

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