We redesigned, removed, and rebuilt additions at the rear of this Northwest, D.C. home.
We redesigned, removed, and rebuilt additions at the rear of this Northwest, D.C. home. The project included a new sun room, an enlarged and rationalized kitchen at the first floor and an expanded bedroom at the second floor, rear patio work, an areaway stair and other related improvements throughout the house.
Early on in the design process, homeowner budget concerns meant that the existing mud set bathroom at the existing 2nd floor rear addition needed to be maintained. We developed and executed a plan to brace this bathroom while we removed the structures below and around it. We were thrilled when not even one tile cracked. Work included installation of a new beam to support the joists of the bathroom and a beam to support the joists at the end of the existing bedroom. These beams were thoughtfully integrated into the design of the finished space.
In working with this family during the design process, they had anticipated that expanding the bedroom upstairs would allow them to put their two young girls in this larger room and allow for the bedroom to be used as an office. However, after construction neither child was willing to surrender her room.
The existing kitchen was dated and cramped. We greatly expanded and improved the kitchen and used some of
the space in the main portion of the house for a butler’s pantry area. The enlarged kitchen has generous cabinet storage and counter work space and a functional cabinet island with a raised breakfast bar area.
Hardwood floors, custom maple cabinetry, two colors of stone counters and a glass tile backsplash all help cultivate a warm and contemporary space. Ample lighting and several Loewen windows and doors including a huge slider with two operational and two fixed panels ensure the kitchen always remains bright.
The roof lines of the existing two story structure and screened porch were unappealing and not contextual to the house. We designed a rear facing gable (which allowed for attic storage) for the main portion of the addition and redesigned the shed style roof to drain toward the side. Along with the Tudor style trim and detailing, the addition is more contextual to the original home and much more architecturally appealing.
The screened porch had been accessible only through the dining room and there had been no access from the porch to the yard. In redesigning this structure we created access from the enlarged kitchen to the porch through a masonry wall. By rebuilding the areaway at the side of the house, we allowed for direct egress from the porch to the rear.
We produced the project on time, on budget, without allowing the elements to compromise the existing home and with a zero punch list. The clients are very happy with the addition and how the new space allows them to raise their family in an environment of close proximity, yet elegant privacy.
The owners appreciate that their home will be energy efficient and low maintenance for many years to come. They have had a numbers of their neighbors over and have received many complements about the overall design, the quality of construction and how the addition fits in with the appeal of their existing home.
February 17, 2016