These food and wine enthusiast clients wanted an informal tasting room for friends and family to gather for parties. Their 1927 Tudor-style home in Washington DC lacked flow between the dining room, kitchen and family room. The addition was the missing “pie piece” needed to connect these rooms. The addition has a pizza oven and table for casual gatherings. The entry is flanked by two new wine closets. Merit Award, Residential Addition, over $250K, NARI Metro DC Chapter Capitol CotY Award.
These food and wine enthusiast clients wanted an informal tasting room for friends and family to gather for parties. Their 1927 Tudor-style home in Washington DC lacked flow between the dining room, kitchen and family room. The addition was the missing “pie piece” needed to connect these rooms. The clients also wanted a pizza oven and wine storage. The 500 sq.ft. addition is open to the kitchen and has a pizza oven and table for casual gatherings. It’s separated from the formal dining room by a hallway that is flanked by two new wine closets. A new deck provides access to the backyard and grill.
The client’s wanted an informal entertaining area with a pizza oven and wine storage. The addition is the missing “pie piece” needed to connect all the rooms on the main floor of the house. The addition is open to the kitchen and family room and leads to the deck.
We removed the existing rear deck as well as a 4-foot wide segment along the side of the house that led to a sliding door to a small office. The clients didn’t need outdoor access from the office, so we replaced the sliding door with a casement window.
The foundation of the addition is piers. The pizza oven base acts as one of the piers.
We installed several beams between the kitchen/new tasting room to support the roof load. One beam was outside along the gutter line. Another was at the original patio door location.
A large chimney was necessary for venting for the pizza oven. However, our designer used exterior elements and visual tricks to down-scale the tall chimney so it does not seem as imposing.
The existing home has stucco siding. Matching the exterior of the addition to the Tudor home’s stucco was outside the client’s budget. Instead, we used Hardiepanel that has a stucco pattern. Wide Tru Exterior trim matches the width of the trim on the existing house. We mimicked the trim pattern of the existing house.
A small roof over sliding glass door is peaked to match the family room roofline.
The clients really wanted symmetrical lines in the addition. The living room/dining room connection in the original house had an arched opening. The designer meticulously lined up the new opening to the tasting room with the arched opening between the living room and original dining room. The client loves seeing layers of arched doors from room to room.
We reused the set of arched solid wood doors that had been in the living room. We sent them to our building supplier’s wood shop to be hung on a new jamb. We installed them in the tasting room to separate the formal and informal areas.
The client selected the pizza oven because he can use it to make pizzas, bake bread, and cook other items. The unit weighs 2500 pounds!
To support the oven, we made the base of the chimney from CMU/concrete block. The exterior of the base is faced with engineered stone to echo the home’s real stone accents. We worked closely with the manufacturer for the requirements to run the gas line, fire proofing, venting, and air intake. We installed porcelain tile on the base of the pizza oven. We used the same tile for the interior of the wine closets.
Since the pizza oven was so heavy and large, we rented a forklift to bring it to the site. Our field crew had to time delivery so the addition was under roof, but not all the walls were installed so the forklift lift it into place. Once on site, the crew used the old trick of rolling it on pipes to get it into place. This collage shows the installation efforts.
The owner has a large wine collection in off-site storage. He wanted to have access to more bottles at his home. The wine closets act as art and a passageway or transition from the formal are of the home to the informal areas.
We built temperature-control wine closets. We used spray foam insulation in the walls, placed tile on the floor, and installed cooling systems with the cooling unit in the basement. Mahogany doors with sidelights and interior lighting for display. The bottles/shelving resemble an art display.