I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. In case you missed this while away, the Washington Post’s Real Estate section ran a piece by Deborah Dietsch about renovating mid-century modern homes. She covers the gamut from a smaller DIY Goodman renovation to the work architect Michael Cook is doing for his clients and in our major renovation and expansion of a Goodman in Alexandria (see before and after pics above and below). A good story, but I still don’t get the headline. In the actual paper, the front page of the Real Estate section had the added main header of: “The cost of aesthetics,” which makes more sense.
Here the latest on our renovation with architect Michael Cook of a two-level Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern in Hammond Wood. When we purchased the house, it was a 3 bed/2 bath with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath on the top level and one bedroom and one bath on the bottom level. While we are keeping the original footprint intact, we have reworked the interior. The key change is opening up the small downstairs den and creating two above-grade bedrooms (instead of the one small dark room).
Here is the downstairs before. It was very closed off.
And now amid construction:
Here is the framing for the two new downstairs bedrooms:
To create the two-above grade bedrooms, we excavated the earth around the house and created a retaining wall with concrete patio. A wood-slat design mirrors the horizontal wood siding above.
Back inside, Michael’s design also opens up the originally closed-off kitchen. New kitchen will feature Poggenpohl cabinets.
Before. The kitchen hidden in the back left.
Kitchen in progress. The new space will feature a L-shaped counter with room for stools that extends into the open living/dining space.
Poggenpohl cabinets in from Germany and ready to be installed.
We have done all new double-pane windows, electrical, plumbing and lighting. Both bathrooms will be renovated as well.
Please contact me if interested in learning more about this project.
With the biennial Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour just a few weeks away, the DWR Georgetown Studio will be hosting a panel discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. The panel, which I will be moderating, will explore the groundbreaking neighborhood and architect Charles Goodman’s influence on mid-century modern residential architecture.
The panel will include two award-winning architects: Eason Cross, FAIA, and Michael Cook, AIA. Eason lives in Hollin Hills and worked for Goodman from 1952 to 1959. Michael, of Cook Architecture and Modern Constructs, lives in a Goodman home and has won a historic preservation award for a remodel of a Goodman in Hammond Wood. Cocktails and light snacks will be served.
I hope you will buy tickets to the Hollin Hills tour (Modern Capital is a proud sponsor) and come to Design Within Reach in Georgetown for the panel. I look forward to seeing you at these two events, which are great opportunities to mingle with other modernists here in DC.
To RSVP for the DWR event, please send an email to Jennifer Mannelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.