The rebirth of the Residence celebrates the original architecture of a turn of the century farmhouse located in the Clarendon section of Arlington County, Virginia. The farmhouse had been in disrepair for years, on the verge of demolition when the new owners purchased house and started the restoration / addition. The preservation of this house was critical to preserving not only this single structure, but also the early 20th century fabric of this neighborhood.
In order to make the 1,024 sf dilapidated farmhouse into a new home, the project called for a complete renovation of the existing structure and the design of additions to the left side and rear of the original building. The original front door was relocated to the far left side of the front elevation, along with the replacement of the entire front porch. A matching rear porch was added, creating bookends to the new / renovated house. On the first floor, a new foyer, kitchen, mudroom/laundry, family room and study were created. On the second floor, a new master bedroom with private bathroom and walk-in closet was added. The renovated house is now 2,088 sf.
The materials and detailing of the restoration, along with the scale and massing of the addition, combine to uphold the architectural integrity of the original farmhouse. New wood German lap siding replaced the old siding in-kind. All of the windows were replaced with new, wood 2 over 2 double hung windows. The roof was replaced with a new galvanized metal standing seam roof. The house was painted simple white to connect with the crisp Virginia farmhouse aesthetic.
Today, the farmhouse is more beautiful than it was when it received its first coat of paint a hundred years ago.