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Arlington Residence contemporary-exterior

Arlington Residence

Complete interior renovation of a 1980s split level house in the Virginia suburbs. Main level includes reading room, dining, kitchen, living and master bedroom suite. New front elevation at entry, new rear deck and complete re-cladding of the house. Interior: The prototypical layout of the split level home tends to separate the entrance, and any other associated space, from the rest of the living spaces one half level up. In this home the lower level "living" room off the entry was physically isolated from the dining, kitchen and family rooms above, and was only connected visually by a railing at dining room level. The owner desired a stronger integration of the lower and upper levels, in addition to an open flow between the major spaces on the upper level where they spend most of their time. ExteriorThe exterior entry of the house was a fragmented composition of disparate elements. The rear of the home was blocked off from views due to small windows, and had a difficult to use multi leveled deck. The owners requested an updated treatment of the entry, a more uniform exterior cladding, and an integration between the interior and exterior spaces. SOLUTIONS The overriding strategy was to create a spatial sequence allowing a seamless flow from the front of the house through the living spaces and to the exterior, in addition to unifying the upper and lower spaces. This was accomplished by creating a "reading room" at the entry level that responds to the front garden with a series of interior contours that are both steps as well as seating zones, while the orthogonal layout of the main level and deck reflects the pragmatic daily activities of cooking, eating and relaxing. The stairs between levels were moved so that the visitor could enter the new reading room, experiencing it as a place, before moving up to the main level. The upper level dining room floor was "pushed" out into the reading room space, thus creating a balcony over and into the space below. At the entry, the second floor landing was opened up to create a double height space, with enlarged windows. The rear wall of the house was opened up with continuous glass windows and doors to maximize the views and light. A new simplified single level deck replaced the old one.

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December 2, 2014
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renovation between 300 and 350 $ sq/ft complete gut renovation plus re-cladding in exteiror...all new windows - rich
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August 22, 2013
foodnmusic wrote:
Where did you get the house numbers? - House numbers.
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HOME DEPOT - cheers

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 6:53PM
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June 19, 2013
kezzagonzo80 wrote:
Can you please tell me which tree this is :)
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It looks like a locust tree to me.
    Bookmark   Thanked by kezzagonzo80    July 25, 2013 at 2:39PM
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Who is the manufacturer of the windows and doors? Do large windows and glass doors keep House warm in the winter?
    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 10:30AM
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January 1, 2013
llcoolz wrote:
How is the build out around the front window attached to the house? - I love the exterior updates. Does the buildout house a hidden gutter? Does the buildout a closed block all the way around or some other type of facade. Thanks for your time.
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the "frame" around the front living room windows and entry is VIROCK, a cement board, with a hidden gutter . The rest of the house is wrapped in stucco
    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:03PM
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July 28, 2012
aynsley100 wrote:
What colors were used here?
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Very nice! I live in Texas and the hail would be a constant replacement. Is these windows have any support from breaking very easily?
    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:25AM
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windows are tempered..as requied by code... these happen to be Sherwood aluminum storefront windows from Canada...perhaps getting them laminated will further help them resist breakage... thanks fro your question..rich
    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:35PM
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May 28, 2012
dj1s wrote:
Who makes the the large front window?
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sherwoos windows / canada / storefront system...
    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 3:22PM
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April 24, 2012
mel1305 wrote:
What is the exterior made out of (material)?
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this is my question also. i have split level with cedar siding. i love the look of this exterior. curious.
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the original house was siding..we covered the majority in stucco..the front windows and entry are wrapped in Virock..a cement board product ..... thanks for your question...rich
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