Classic Colonial Expansion

Location: Arlington, VA

Unchanged since its construction in the 1940s, this center hall colonial lacked many features expected in today’s homes. The four upstairs bedrooms were served by only one bathroom and the absence of a garage, family room and eat-in kitchen were limiting factors. Structural problems, an inefficient and under performing HVAC as well as a wet finished basement all needed attention. In addressing these issues, a new breakfast room, deck and sunroom were needed. Upstairs, a new master bath and walk-in closet were designed. A new detached garage helped address grading and drainage issues while increasing storage space.

Building the addition involved removing the existing porch and opening up the rear of the house. The one-story addition preserved the views from the second floor while allowing for high ceilings, cross ventilation and abundant natural light. Careful attention to proportion and detail ensured seamless integration with the original home. Views from the front door and foyer were opened to the rear where walls of glass in the new breakfast room and sunroom bathe the interior with light. Sliding French doors open to the elements and do a great job of connecting the new addition to the deck and backyard. The renovated space sits in stark contrast to the once dark house with low ceilings and small windows.

Throughout the process, the old house was carefully restored and upgraded. A new two-zone high efficiency mechanical system was installed along with additional insulation to address heating and cooling issues. The chalky aluminum siding was replaced with Hardi-Plank and new energy efficient windows were installed throughout. To solve the water problems, the entire perimeter was excavated and all structural and settlement cracks were repaired and sealed. A perimeter drainage system with sump resolved the leaky basement.

Photography: ©Greg Hadley