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Stately Whitewashed Granite

Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.

Project Name

Stately Whitewashed Granite

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Year Completed



2,085 sq. feet

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Project Description

This fine old house designed by eminent architect Waddy Wood in the 1920's and made of solid Rock Creek granite needed a renovation to bring it into the 21st century: All finishes were redone, HVAC updated, mantles and moldings added and bathrooms redone. The attic floor was raised, the plan clarified, and a large dormer added to make the space usable. Old back-of-house spaces were updated; a family kitchen was created in lieu of the old service one, the back stairs became the site of an elevator allowing our clients the option to age-in-place, and an addition was created to house a new stair to replace the old. The old porch was insulated, heated, given new fenestration to become a breakfast room and connected to the updated kitchen, back hall, new stair and dining room with a series of new arches. The arches cut through the old stone walls tying these key spaces to each other and to the terraced garden. Throughout, the work was undertaken with respect for the elegance and solidity of the historic structure.
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