The Herrity Residence, located in the Wilson’s Addition to Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington (Lyon Park), began as a modest one and a half story front gable bungalow built in 1919. In 1996 the house was purchased by a developer and received a modest full house remodel which included a new one story addition with a full basement on the rear and a small one story addition with a screened porch on the right side. One year later, the house was purchased by the current homeowners who saw their family grow over eight years, forcing the need for more space and updated amenities. The owner also had a keen interest in restoring the house to its original 1920’s character and style while also satisfying the needs of a dynamic twenty-first century family.
The program demanded a complete renovation of the entire existing structure and the addition of new square footage chiefly on the right side of the house. The new layout now consists of first floor renovations in the existing house to the living room, dining room, play room, family room and bathroom, and with a new breakfast room, home office, pantry, screened porch and stair-hall to the new basement in the new addition. On the second floor, the existing three bedrooms and two bathrooms were renovated, with two new bedrooms and a bathroom added in the new addition space. The bathroom and recreation room in the existing basement were renovated, and a full service sound proof media room was added in the new addition space. Finally, the former undersized detached garage in the rear yard was demolished. In its place a diminutive ‘garage’ building was constructed to house an in-ground lap pool (Endless Pool) as well as a yard storage room. This ‘garage’ building provides a terrific folly in the landscape as well as a privacy barrier in the rear yard.
The program required that all of these spaces be either renovated or new spaces added all while maintaining the one and half story feel of the original Craftsman style bungalow. On the front of the house, the existing front porch was extended to the right, wrapping around the corner and connecting to the new addition with an entrance into the breakfast room. Behind the addition, a new one-story screened porch helped bring the scale of the house down to the human scale of the intimate back yard. On the left side of the house, a small second floor gable addition enlarged a small existing bedroom. In the main stair-hall, the roof was opened up for a new dormer providing greater head height and sunlight. The use of broad overhangs with brackets, lap siding, cedar shingles, new wood windows and doors and other new exterior detailing provides the attention to detail typical of a Craftsman style home. The exterior color palette compliments the style while also accentuating each material.
Even though this house has increased in size and complexity, it continues to maintain its 1920’s cottage scaled roots.