Willow Oak ResidenceVictorian Exterior, DC Metro

Originally built in 1889 a short walk from the old East Falls Church rail station, the vaguely reminiscent gothic Victorian was a landmark in a neighborhood of late 19th century wood frame homes. The two story house had been changed many times over its 116 year life with most of the changes diminishing the style and integrity of the original home. Beginning during the mid-twentieth century, few of the changes could be seen as improvements. The wonderfully dominate front tower was obscured by a bathroom shed roof addition. The exterior skin was covered with asbestos siding, requiring the removal of any wood detailing projecting from its surface. Poorly designed diminutive additions were added to the rear creating small, awkward, low ceiling spaces that became irrelevant to the modern user. The house was in serious need of a significant renovation and restoration.

A young family purchased the house and immediately realized the inadequacies; sub-par spaces, kitchen, bathrooms and systems. The program for this project was closely linked to aesthetics, function and budget. The program called for significantly enlarging the house with a major new rear addition taking the place of the former small additions. Critically important to the program was to not only protect the integrity of the original house, but to restore and expand the house in such a way that the addition would be seamless. The completed house had to fulfill all of the requirements of a modern house with significant living spaces, including reconfigured foyer, living room and dining room on the first floor and three modified bedrooms on the second floor. On the rear of the house a new addition created a new kitchen, family room, mud room, powder room and back stair hall. This new stair hall connected the new and existing first floor to a new basement recreation room below and a new master bedroom suite with laundry and second bathroom on the second floor.

The entire exterior of the house was stripped to the original sheathing. New wood windows, wood lap siding, wall trim including roof eave and rake trim were installed. Each of the details on the exterior of the house matched the original details. This fact was confirmed by researching the house and studying turn-of-the-century photographs. The second floor addition was removed, facilitating the restoration of the four sided mansard roof tower.

The final design for the house is strong but not overpowering. As a renovated house, the finished product fits the neighborhood, restoring its standing as a landmark, satisfying the owner’s needs for house and home.

Hoachlander Davis Photography

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Angelina wrote:Apr 22, 2013
  • sacredbling
    Hi, What size top cords did you use on the trusses and what size is the facia? Thanks!
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    Moore Architects, PC
    This home was stick built using 2x10 rafters. It has a 1x6 fascia. Thanks for your interest in our work!
aprilhosack wrote:Jan 30, 2013
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    Just curious, what is the square footage on this home? And what was the price per square foot on the renovation? Thank you.
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    Moore Architects, PC
    The square footage of this home is 4,522. This project was completed in 2006, but I would guess that the per square foot price for the renovation was around $200. I hope this was helpful!

    Thanks for your interest!
kimhoj wrote:Mar 16, 2013
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    Moore Architects, PC
    There is no way to actually go up to the widow's walk in this home. It is located at the top of a stair tower. Thanks for your interest!
jreese wrote:Feb 20, 2013
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    Moore Architects, PC
    The front door is painted with Ben Moore's Essex Green (PM-11).

    Thanks for your interest!
Connie Baker wrote:Feb 13, 2013
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    Moore Architects, PC
    All of the exterior paint is semi-gloss by Benjamin Moore.

    Wood Siding: Windham Cream HC-6
    Cedar Wood Shingles: Louisburg Green HC-113
    Trim: White Chocolate OC-127

    Thanks for your interest!

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Laurie Hensley-Wojcieszyn added this to exterior colors - Talley GainesMay 30, 2019

some green and some yellow and some gray and some white

Lisa Fearnley-Brown added this to Siding for additionNov 8, 2018

Nice division below attic window

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