The retired owners of this Potomac house have lived here for over 25 years and since they opted to live there for another 25, they wanted a substantial interior and exterior renovation. We included a plan and features to they can age-in-place.
On the first floor, the couple wanted an expanded kitchen and a better flow to a new outdoor porch/patio. We added a two-foot wide addition along the length of the house on the back, which added about 140 square feet to the first floor. Expanding the kitchen into that addition allowed us to incorporate a large island set in a U-shaped line of cabinets. The new sliding door to the patio is in the same location as the original, as is the bay window. We installed built-in seating in the new expanded bay window. We widened all the doorways to the kitchen for better flow and accessibility.
We gave the family room a lighter, brighter feel by removing the wood paneling and faux beams. We scaled down the brick wood-burning fireplace to a tiled hearth and convenient gas unit.
The owners want to be prepared when or if they require a first-floor bedroom for aging-in-place. We reconfigured the mudroom near the garage entry to add a full bathroom with a curb-less shower and other universal design features. We installed a new laundry room next to this bathroom. The existing family room could easily be converted into a bedroom.
We shifted the closet from the stair-side of the foyer to the front-door side. Adding a new front door glass, flanked by two sidelights, and replacing the dark tile floor creates a more welcoming entry. Using the same wood flooring throughout this level connects the rooms.
We made cosmetic changes throughout this floor, including removing wallpaper and refinishing the hardwood floors that was under carpeting. We completed a major renovation in the master bedroom and bathroom. We vaulted the roof of the master bedroom and reconfigured the master bath and closets to make the space more cohesive. We also updated all the finishes in the hall bath.
Arts and crafts accents throughout the house included:
We gave the front exterior facade a face lift with new siding, windows, roof, front door, garage door, shutters, and walkway. The clients wanted to transform the high, formal front entry into one that was warm and welcoming and differentiate their home from the other tract homes with double-height entryways in their neighborhood. Designer Chris Williams created this option with a lower height front entry with an arched front porch that contrasts the rectangular shape of the house and windows. The porch base is stone veneer.