Midcentury meets contemporary in this renovation of a 1950s Arlington home by DC-based firm Four Brothers.
The project included an extensive interior upgrade as well as a major facelift to the home’s exterior.
“The before and after of the exterior was definitely a highlight of the project,” says Stuart Pumpelly, team leader with Four Brothers. “We added a sloping roof design and just really transformed the facade of the house.”
The original home design had just two bedrooms and a shared bathroom, and with two daughters, the family needed a little more space.
Four Brothers worked to update the home, creating a clean white interior, which takes the feel from dark and dated to more open and modern.
“Four Brothers worked with me on the details needed to keep and integrate some original features of my house into our renovation,” says the homeowner, Meera Friemel.
The renovation project expanded upon the existing garage, extending it forward and creating an extra room for a home office. A second addition was added on the opposite side for a master suite complete with a beautiful bathroom.
The new garage roof was angled to meet the angle of the new master bedroom roof addition, creating a beautiful sloping roofline across the entire front of the structure.
The vaulted ceilings in the primary suite create a really dramatic effect when you walk in and allowed for really high transcended windows.
“This brings a lot of light into the room but also allows for complete privacy,” explains Pumpelly.
The bathroom features a large skylight that floods the room with natural light, a walk-in shower and a custom double vanity with large-format tile running behind the vanity mirrors.
The two additions extending forward made another highlight possible: the long entrance corridor.
This stunning up-lit space corridor leads to the front door, adding both privacy and a touch of architectural drama to the home’s entrance.
“I have loved the process of renovating our home,” says Friemel. “We ended up with a sun-filled, modern house with a throwback to the midcentury style.”
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