Arlington Four Square

Location: Arlington, VA

This historic Arlington four square was long overdue for some renovations and upgrades. In an area notorious for infill-building and poorly integrated additions we were excited that the owners wanted to keep the architectural integrity of this charming home intact. A careful look will reveal some of the modern touches, but the original scale and proportion remain as do the clapboard siding, fish scale shingles, green roof, wood doors and double-hung sash. Although the entire exterior is new and takes full advantage of modern materials like cement board siding and vinyl-clad windows, from the street view, this four square retains nearly all its original charm.

The real transformation takes place inside. New floors, stairs, railings and trim have been replaced, along with much of the lighting and drywall. While many of the details are appropriate to this historic home, creative touches like recessed lighting and tray ceilings are tasteful upgrades and contribute to the understated elegance that shine through. In many ways, it’s as thought a modern home with all the bells & whistles has sprung to life within the homes historic exterior.

The built-in cabinets in the master bedroom are a tasteful throwback as are the recessed shelves, generous baseboards and pediments above the doors and windows. Even the hardware and paneled doors look the part. The master bath lies in complete but welcome contrast, with its river rock shower floor, seamless glass and contemporary chrome hardware.

Out back, a two car garage with a separate entry door provides ample parking and storage. And what historic home would be complete without a screened porch? Azek columns, vinyl screen and composite deck ensure years of trouble-free use.

We see this project as a tasteful modernization without spoiling the original charm that makes old neighborhoods so inviting. Having breathed new life into this old home, it’s ready to take on another century of memory-making.