Team Entry: Grossmuller’s Design Consultants, Inc., Washington D.C. and A.R.T. Design Build, Bethesda, Md.
Project location: Silver Spring, Md.
Sq. ft. before: 2,000
Sq. ft. after: 2,500
Project cost: $198,100
The clients’ initial request of Grossmuller’s Design Consultants and A.R.T. Design Build was to gain two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor so their small children were sleeping on the same floor as they were. They also wanted to address the lack of curb appeal with specific concerns related to the unfocused front entry and lack of foyer. If additional dining space could be added for entertaining, it would be a bonus.
The main challenge was to expand and reconfigure the second floor living space of the house, while preserving the charm of the Cape Cod and maintaining a scale similar to others in the neighborhood. A secondary challenge related to zoning, front yard setbacks and height restrictions. No expansion could occur beyond the front wall plane or above the existing roof ridge.
To solve these problems, the small hip accents on both gable ends were removed and a “salt box” style reverse gable was added over the front door. This improved the rooflines and curb appeal. The additional space gained, along with a second floor dormer, was extensive, but the new construction does not exceed the height of the existing structure. This helped to maintain the scale of the home and meet the height requirements.
Claiming the exterior offset space between the dining and living room, a new foyer was created. The additional square footage allowed space for a new closet and for the dining room to be expanded, improving traffic flow for the remainder of the house.
The existing roofline of the house restricted the size and ceiling heights of the rooms on the second floor. Because of this, the clients were unable to efficiently use the large, but awkwardly shaped home office. The second floor expansion accommodates two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a home office. This added living space gives the clients more usable square footage for their growing family.
Both the gable and a porch roof help to focus the entry. The project utilized elements found in many Cape Cods, including accents of shake siding mixed with lap siding, a bold strong color and the appearance of a one-story structure.
Bath cabinets: KraftMaid
Bath fixtures: Toto and American Standard
Bath faucets: Moen
Siding: Hardi-Plank and Hardi-Shake
Structural materials: Georgia Pacific
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