2023 Master Design Awards: Exterior Facelift — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Donald Lococo Architects

Washington, D.C.

Location: Chevy Chase, Md. | Project Cost: $300,000
Square Footage Before: 1,734 | Square Footage After: 3,998

A Modest addition to an existing 1938 home in the Village of St. Martin’s Additions in Maryland to provide an adequate entry hall, stairway, and 2nd floor playroom. The owner was also interested in a solution that integrated the home into the heritage of the neighborhood that was primarily established in the first quarter of the 20th century.

A non-conforming stairway, that does not allow mattresses to make turns to get them to the second floor, required the stairway to be entirely relocated. During measuring of existing conditions, it was discovered that a basement bedroom did not have required egress so making it safe and legal was added to the challenges. Because of the established front building setback, there was minimum space to meet all the requests.

An addition with an interior footprint of only 221 square foot of is added to the entry. The new design follows roof breaks of the existing gable, and the architecture takes ques from the neighborhood. The stair challenge is used as an opportunity to create a spacious entryway that adds height breaking the continuous low ceilings in the existing house. Much-needed storage was added, some of which were touch latch panels under the lowest part of the stairway to utilize every inch. The addition adds rather than takes from the community’s heritage which is dwindling due to development of over scaled new homes. This all resulted in a lower-than-expected budget which was welcomed by the new owners.


Doors: TruStile, Weathershield

Windows: Weathershield

Roofing: Virginia Slate Corporation

Siding: Hardie
Bath cabinetry: Bishop Cabinetry
Bath countertop: Virginia Marble & Granite

Toilet: Kohler
Sink: Kohler
Sink Faucet: Rohl

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