Putting the Craft in a Pattern-Book House
In one of the D.C. area’s most desirable neighborhoods, a potential teardown gets reworked for modern living
When architect Charlie Moore’s clients bought this house in Alexandria, Va., they almost tore it down. It had been mucked up over the years with poorly executed remodeling projects. But because local zoning regulations precluded building their dream house—a Craftsman-style bungalow—they decided to hire Moore to rework this old house for modern living. By getting rid of the garage, they gained space for a pair of two-story additions and a private backyard. The result is light-filled living areas revolving around the kitchen downstairs, and private spaces orbiting a spacious gallery upstairs. They also added some Craftsman to the plan, with a covered front porch, a stone-veneer foundation, and faux-slate roofing.