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Urban FourSquare farmhouse exterior
 

Urban FourSquare

While cleaning out the attic of this recently purchased Arlington farmhouse, an amazing view was discovered: the Washington Monument was visible on the horizon.

The architect and owner agreed that this was a serendipitous opportunity. A badly needed renovation and addition of this residence was organized around a grand gesture reinforcing this view shed. A glassy “look out room” caps a new tower element added to the left side of the house and reveals distant views east over the Rosslyn business district and beyond to the National Mall.

A two-story addition, containing a new kitchen and master suite, was placed in the rear yard, where a crumbling former porch and oddly shaped closet addition was removed. The new work defers to the original structure, stepping back to maintain a reading of the historic house. The dwelling was completely restored and repaired, maintaining existing room proportions as much as possible, while opening up views and adding larger windows. A small mudroom appendage engages the landscape and helps to create an outdoor room at the rear of the property. It also provides a secondary entrance to the house from the detached garage. Internally, there is a seamless transition between old and new.

Photos: Hoachlander Davis Photography
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Heather Cunningham wrote:
Looking to replicate this addition on existing foursquare - How large was the original home? We love this design and are looking to mimic it with a 1920 American Foursquare with only 1300 square feet. Did you add to both the back and the side? Love the third floor view room! Thanks!
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Thanks- The trees are covering where my husband was concerned- is it just the original facade with a screen porch?
March 26, 2014 at 7:48am   
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Trees are always an issue with our elevation photos. Yes, it is the original house with a slight extension of original porch. From the front, you can see that we created a screened porch with this area.
March 26, 2014 at 7:54am      Thanked by Heather Cunningham
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silverhill72 wrote:
Are the windows in the upper dormer operable? What size? Tks.
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They are both operable and they are around 2'-0" wide by 2'-6" tall. Thank you for your interest in our work!
February 10, 2014 at 7:48am   
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kjoslyn wrote:
Windows? Particularly interested in the upper casement ones. Thanks!
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These are Kolbe, Heritage Series wood windows. Thank you for your interest in our work!
December 16, 2013 at 11:43am   
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zamilconstruction wrote:
Please provide floor plane - Please provide total drawing
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We do not give out our floor plans, but thank you for your interest in our work!
November 15, 2013 at 9:15am   
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RESTORATION BUNGALOW wrote:
Where is the house located? - Would like to visit with the owner about the house. How can I get in touch with them? Thanks, Hank
   Comment   September 19, 2013
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Hi Hank -

Please send an email to cmoore@moorearch.com for more information.

Thanks!
October 7, 2013 at 7:14am   
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melaniegovind wrote:
Charming home - I love the rustic, clean lines ifnthisbhome. The colors of the exterior are perfect for tj style of this home. The landscaping looks great with the home. Overall, what a gorgeous home!
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Thank you for the great compliments!
August 12, 2013 at 6:38am   
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sd92129 wrote:
Shutters - Can you please let me know the paint color and manufacturer of the shutters? Thanks!
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The manufacturer of the shutters is Shuttercraft. The paint color is Ben Moore's Black Forest Green, although it looks like that color no longer exists. You can find it by googling "Black Forest Green, RME-46". Thanks for your interest!
August 6, 2013 at 10:24am     
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klrusc91 wrote:
Love the front door. - Could you please share manufacturer....am hoping it isn't original
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The front door is a TruStile PL204-A exterior grade door. However, many manufacturers should have a similar style. Thanks for your interest!
August 2, 2013 at 2:40pm   
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windyciccarello wrote:
Square footage of heated living space?
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This home has 4,500 sf of finished space. Thanks for your interest!
July 12, 2013 at 6:53am   
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Sarah Poling wrote:
Elevated House - Im in the beginning process of building a farmhouse and was going to have it out of the ground about 4 feet. Could you possibly tell me how much the porch is off the ground. Thanks
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On the right corner, the porch floor is about 2'-2" above grade. On the left corner, the porch floor is about 5'-6" above grade. Thanks for your interest!
May 24, 2013 at 9:32am   
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lindamgoddard wrote:
14 lines of overlaid text! - Houzz is ruining the pictures by allowing overlaid text. Please stop!
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I'm not sure what you're referring to, but I hope you're photo viewing problem gets resolved.
April 26, 2013 at 2:29pm   
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credojdf wrote:
Can you tell me the paint color you used on your home. I'm looking for the perfect white. Thanks!
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Could you please tell me if the columns are round or square and what size. (6" ) or bigger.
April 28, 2013 at 4:18pm   
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The round columns on this home are 8" at the top and 10" at the bottom. Thanks for your interest!
April 29, 2013 at 6:46am   
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cmhicks623 wrote:
What color did you paint your porch decking?
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The paint on the porch floor is Ben Moore's Fairview Taupe (HC-85).

Thanks for the interest!
January 7, 2013 at 8:24am   
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robinafina wrote:
Paint color - Green paint color on walls?
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The color on the dining room and master bathroom walls is Ben Moore, Saybrook Sage HC-114
December 7, 2012 at 10:54am   
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mgcglc wrote:
Source for the sidelights. Thank you.
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Restoration Hardware, Quentin Pendant Sconce
November 12, 2012 at 9:52am   
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chanwalker wrote:
Red Front Door - Hi, my wife and I love the red front door. Is that stain or paint? It looks like paint. If so, do you have the color? Thanks!
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Ben Moore, Chestnut 2082-10, Semi-Gloss
November 7, 2012 at 8:35am     
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Thank you so much!
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