Exterior Face-lift

Kohler Associates, Burke, Va.

Project location: Great Falls, Va.
Sq. ft. before: 3,500
Sq. ft. after: 4,200
Project cost: $550,000 plus

There are a good many homes from the 1980s, that are solid in every respect, but they just need an updated look to match, some internal renovations.

Such is the case with a 1980s vintage contemporary home located in northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The owner, a realtor, approached Kohler Associates, of Burke, Va. about a complete remodel of their existing structure, adding about 700 sq. ft. in the process.

Kohler entered this project into our Master Design Awards, not as a whole-house remodel, but rather simply on its merits as an exterior face-lift. Our judges found that it had plenty of merit.

Kohler took the more modern looking A-frame-like double peaks within the existing home and add some major massing changes to transform it into a classic two-story home with three traditional gables facing the front of the home.

“The main challenge,” says the Kohler application statement, “was to remove any memory of the 1980s contemporary exterior and reinterpret the language of the architecture in a craftsman cottage style.”

To us, and the judges, that was a tall order.

“On the exterior of the house, the stone and cedar siding were in excellent condition, but the windows needed to be replaced,” the Kohler team explained. “Through redesign and replacement of the windows and modifications to the cornice and rake details, the exterior language was completely transformed into a craftsman cottage in the woods.”

A new vinyl slate roof enhances the cottage feel. The addition of front porches helped to make the entrance more inviting, while a new rear deck and screened porch allow the owners to enjoy the beautiful views of the wooded rear yard.
Said one judge: “Really nice job, A beautiful improvement.”

Products specified:

Siding: Skiral Rustic Appalachian
Exterior trim: Cedar, Azek Trimboards
Roofing: Ecostar Slate
Windows: Jeld-Wen casement
Exterior stone: Pennsylvania Weatherface Stone
Flashing: Copper

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