March 16, 2012 Pine Spring

Pine Spring Contemporary Renovation – $775K

Pine Spring sign
What would Arthur Keyes, Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Nicholas Satterlee and Francis Donald Lethbridge think? That’s what I first thought when I saw this totally renovated house for sale in Pine Spring, the mid-century modern community in Falls Church. The powerhouse team of architects designed the modest mid-century homes built with prefab techniques in the early 1950s. I think they would approve. While not as modest as the original space, the new design has carried the signature cathedral and wood-beamed ceilings throughout the home. The interior updates have a  contemporary look to match. See the image slideshow here and decide for yourself.



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  1. Mark — March 19, 2012 @ 2:36 pm         Reply

    Mike, I wonder how much insulation is in modern homes like this. The sun-light holes show the thickness of the roofs — maybe 1 foot deep? I would guess that the roof can fit one layer of R19 batt fiberglass insulation. Is this about right? I’ve never lived in this type of house, but am seriously considering it. Thin roof insulation and zero insulation on the walls of glass make be hesitate. Any advise?

  2. Jim — April 2, 2012 @ 1:19 pm         Reply

    We live in a 1947 Cloethiel Woodard Smith house. It has a similar shed roof, less that a foot of insulation capacity. The original insulation was minimal. Walls were block and plasterboard.

    In the process of renovations we had an heating engineer calculate requirements. The biggest source of conductive heat loss was the 8′ X 8.5′ single pane window. Old steel casement window were also a problem because they leaked.

    We’ve kept the large window, but upgrading other windows and replacing insulation (it’s a small house so insulation could be blown into the space under the roof) have made it more efficient.

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