An updated exterior, additional sources of natural lighting, and sleek contemporary design completely elevated this 70-year-old home.
by Megan Herr
Mid-century meets contemporary in this renovation of a 1950s Arlington home by DC-based firm Four Brothers.
The project included an extensive update to the interior, as well as a major facelift to the exterior of the home.
“The before and after of the exterior was definitely a highlight of the project,” says Stuart Pumpelly, Four Brothers team leader. “We added a sloped roof design and really transformed the front of the house.”
The original layout of the house had only two bedrooms and a shared bathroom, and with two daughters, the family needed a little more space.
Four brothers worked to update the house, creating a clean white interior, taking the feel from dark and dated to more open and modern.
“Four brothers worked with me on the details necessary to maintain and integrate some of my home’s original features into our renovation,” says owner Meera Friemel.
The renovation project expanded the existing garage, extending it forward and creating additional space for a home office. A second addition has been added on the opposite side for a master suite complete with a beautiful bathroom.
The new garage roof was sloped to match the angle of the new master bedroom roof addition, creating a beautiful sloping roofline across the entire front of the structure.
Vaulted ceilings in the master suite create a really dramatic effect when you walk in and allow for very tall bay windows.
“This brings a lot of light into the room, but also allows complete privacy,” explains Pumpelly.
The bathroom features a large skylight that floods the room with natural light, a walk-in shower, and custom double vanity with oversized tile behind the vanity mirrors.
The two additions stretching forward made another highlight possible: the long entrance hall.
This stunning lighted space corridor leads to the front door, adding privacy and a touch of architectural drama to the home’s entryway.
“I have loved the process of renovating our house,” says Friemel. “We ended up with a sunny modern house in a retro mid-century style.”
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