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Arlington Residence contemporary-living-room

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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sikuvitall wrote:
Those colors - go so well together. What do we have to do to get you to share them with Houzz? You're making us hate you :(
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Just kidding, of course. Thanks for laughing :D and thanks for answering. Now we love you again xoxo
December 27, 2013 at 3:05AM     
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William Davis
Man i need these colors Bad
February 15, 2014 at 7:05PM     
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jipcsol wrote:
Where do I find the wall colors?
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many peopel have asked about thises colors..the issue is that the house was finsihed over 5 years ago...our office moved..and filed a lot of these older projects in totrage off site...i need to go find the info buried somewhere...i did email the home owners..but they have no idea...i need to go by and point my sherwin williams app at the walls to narrow down the options...!
December 26, 2013 at 1:50PM        Thanked by jipcsol
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Marisa Gustafson wrote:
Color and material of floor? Or brand?
   Comment   November 10, 2013
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November 10, 2013 at 11:38AM   
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Flooring is "bloodwood" .. an australian hardwood.....
November 18, 2013 at 8:57PM   
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snoosh wrote:
Lights - What brand/size can light did you use?
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wac ligthing...3" dia....low voltage... but lightolier also makes a similar can...thanks for your question..rich
June 23, 2013 at 10:29PM   
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pandeyramesh wrote:
what is the average size of drawing room
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room is aprox. 10' w x 20' long..
thanks for your question..rich
June 23, 2013 at 10:31PM   
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snowbirdtoo wrote:
what kind of lighting did you use for the steps - Our flooring is made of Brazilian cherry and we have a one step up going into the living & dining room, because we don't have lighting in the steps, people seems to misstep/or trip (lucky we haven't had any catastrophe yet) Do you think we can install a rope light under the bullnose around the step-up? Thank you for your advice.
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rope lights MAY be used...if your bullnose is typical..the rope light will not beso attractive..i would suggest a LED strip...they are usually only 1/2" wide +/-...and very FLAT...1/8" ?..so they tend to disappear much easier...i usully use eagle lights ...they are very helpful...and the product is very easy to install...rich
June 24, 2013 at 10:05PM   
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brettmoreno wrote:
Type of paint? - What type/color of paint is used on the wall and ceiling? It looks great
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what color is the ceiling is it a navey blue? name of paint and color please?
January 12, 2013 at 7:59AM     
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what are the SW colors used for the ceiling and walls. Thanks!
April 10, 2013 at 5:26PM     
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susieneb wrote:
Type of flooring and stain? - I love the color of these floors. Do you mind sharing the type of wood, size, and stain? thank you!
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Flooring is - Pre-finished Ausralina Bloodwood
July 28, 2012 at 1:03PM   
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correct: Flooring is - Pre-finished Ausralina Bloodwood - thanks for your question- rich
June 23, 2013 at 10:55PM   
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