Come back to the neighborhood
Washington, D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood is bungalow heaven: a suburban street lined with well-proportioned Craftsman-style homes from the late 19th century. Craftsman details abound in Cleveland Park, but if the neighborhood has a signature element, it would be the welcoming front porches that each house wears with pride. This house was different, suspiciously missing a front porch altogether. The house also lacked any street-facing windows on the first floor and any sense of welcome.
When Moore Architects was hired to remodel the house, the plan was typical for a growing professional family living in a small, old home. They wanted more space, a more-modern floor plan, a breakfast nook in the kitchen, and a master suite upstairs. The architects’ response was to add a two-story addition to the back of the house and smaller single-story additions to expand the kitchen and the living room.
With the new living room and roofline extending toward the street, the architects were able to re-establish the exterior integrity of the house and its contribution to the neighborhood with a fitting front porch. So one was completed in full Craftsman detail, including exposed beams and rafter tails, tapered columns, a beadboard ceiling, and a bluestone floor. The result is a home that suits both its modern family and its historic neighborhood.
Designer: Moore Architects, Alexandria, Va.
Builder: Falcon Construction Rockville, Md.
Photo by: Moore Architects
Photo by: Prakash Patel