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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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January 28, 2015
Rachel Bay wrote:
Can you recommend any MA architecture group who can do similar jobs?
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not really off the top of my head...are u looking for a full renovation....? we have worked on projects out of state in the past.... if its large enough... a lot of work and design can be down off site....and the number of site visits are not thay many during design..... may be worth a discussion if interested...... 202-986-0573 - cheers rich
    Bookmark   February 3, 2015 at 9:32PM
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December 2, 2014
heidilapine wrote:
What's the square footage of the house?
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about 2,000 sf rich
    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 5:19PM
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July 10, 2014
Krista Nutter wrote:
What is the siding material?
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the majority of the house is stucco…the "frame" around the front windows and door is VIROC … a cement board ….http://www.alliedbuilding.com/groups/Viroc ...
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January 20, 2014
carrielauchlan wrote:
Paint color please!! - We have been remodeling a split level and this house has been our go to as to what we want the whole time . The exterior color is no different. We would really like to use this color. Can you please let me know? Thank you!
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Is there some reason why you don't want to disclose the paint color....many people have asked.
    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 4:26PM
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January 16, 2014
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the rocks were existing on site... so really couldn't answer what type they are....sorry...r
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March 17, 2013
Kelly Haegglund wrote:
Can you tell me which aluminum window manufacturer you used? Great project!
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windows are aluminum frame from SHERWOOD windows .. out of toronto canada ... custom sizes .. thermally broken.. great product - rich
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June 13, 2012
ariyavatkul wrote:
Could you give me an estimate on how much a similar rennovation might cost?
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2500 sf. Thanks for the comments ...KUBE is known for getting the most "bang for the buck" ... And we strive to be as creative as possible with whatever budget our client has to work with.
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This is stunning and such a great use of space and the colour outside is absolutely lovely.
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April 3, 2012
dianachapman wrote:
Would love to know what the exterior home color is
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what is the color of the exterior?
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Sad to have to beg for the exterior colour :-(
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May 20, 2013
paulamercer wrote:
We all love the exterior color. What is it please?

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