2005 Southern Home Awards: Bungalow Before and After

Talk about transformation! Thanks to reconfigured rooms and a new second story, this once boring box is now a beautiful sight to behold.
Robert Martin

Same Structure, Better Rooms
Formerly a two-bedroom, 1951 brick-and-concrete block box, the 925-square-foot dwelling sat farther back from the street than the surrounding houses and seemed lost. Still, the homeowners liked their Arlington, Virginia, address next to the Maywood Historic District too much to move.

Room Rehab
The architects began by reconfiguring most of the existing ground-floor rooms. Only the kitchen, a back bedroom, and a bath stayed intact. Next, they pulled the front wall forward 3 feet and added a 6-foot-deep porch, maximizing the front-yard setback. These decisions made the house a better fit for the neighborhood by bringing the structure closer to the street and aligning its front with others.

To double the square footage while maintaining the bungalow's intimate feel, the architects cleverly tucked a second-floor addition (859 square feet) under a new roof. Consisting of a guest room and master suite, the upstairs relies on space normally relegated to an attic.

A Modern Update
Though consistent with the Craftsman look that was widely popular from 1900 to 1930, the bungalow's design isn't dated or contrived. "That's because, from the beginning, we sought to make this house a 21st-century bungalow by reinterpreting a historic style for today's living," says architect Charles Moore.

One of our judges, architect James Carter, adds: "This house is a remarkable transformation that has clarity of plan and detail. Its strength lies in remaining a modest-size home that's both traditional yet current at the same time."

Sources:
Architecture by Moore Architects, PC, contact Charles Moore, AIA or Sarah Farrell, Alexandria, Virginia, (703) 837-0080; contractor was G N Contracting, Inc., contact Gabriel E. Nassar, Jr., Arlington, Virginia, (703) 845-5500.


"Bungalow Before and After" is from the October 2005 issue of Southern Living.