McLean Transformation

Location: McLean, VA

This 1960s brick, split-foyer tract home was showing its age and limitations. Though well-built and structurally sound, the limited space, small kitchen and compartmentalized floor plan were long out of vogue and ready for some fresh ideas. The home lacked curb appeal too and aesthetics should always be considered as part of any comprehensive renovation.

The master plan called for a new master bedroom suite, covered patio, great room and an expanded and renovated kitchen. A new covered entry was also explored, complete with columns, stone and striking red double doors. To accommodate the great room and expanded kitchen, we built an addition on the back side of the house. The staggered bump outs provided the square footage needed and created an ideal “L” in which to tuck the two story covered porch.

For continuity, oak floors were installed throughout the entry level. A neutral patterned carpet covers the game room and mimics the dimensional wave tiled wall in the adjacent room. The entire back side of the house is lined with oversized windows that run floor to ceiling and glass double doors open to the hard-scape patio. All that glass means abundant light and great views of the heavily wooded backyard. The kitchen renovation is dramatic too. Cherry cabinets and a stunning natural stone backsplash deliver “wow” and sophistication. The same holds true for the master bathroom, with its oversized tiles, walk-in shower, seamless glass and brushed nickel fixtures. The entire interior renovation feels modern and fresh without feeling out of place or overly contemporary.

The covered porch, deck and stairs are all composite and pvc for a great look and low-maintenance. A new roof, windows and exterior paint complete the transformation.