Rustic Kitchen Renovation

Location: Fairfax, VA

This old house had been the victim of many poorly executed additions over the years, resulting in oddly shaped rooms and poor functionality. The transformation began with an exterior facelift including new standing seam metal roof, Hardieplank® siding and appropriate trim. The inside was gutted and completely re-framed to create an open lodge atmosphere. The once small, dark kitchen is now the centerpiece of the house. Additions accommodate a media room, new bedrooms, a laundry room, porches, decks and a crow’s nest.

The original house was a post and beam design with exposed joists and beams between the first and second floor. There was no sub floor or sound barrier between the floors and years of poorly executed additions had marked, damaged and stained many of the rough sawn beams.

To create a sound barrier, the ceiling was padded with rigid insulation and furred down with v-groove pine to maintain the original rustic character. Beams that were no longer needed were salvaged and used to patch damaged or missing beams elsewhere. This attention to detail and careful use of surplus beams helped maintain the homes post & beam roots while transforming it into a spectacular lodge in the woods.

Photography: ©Greg Hadley