Renovating a small house on a small lot in the Historic District of Chevy Chase Village was a challenge. Due to the small lot size (4,650sf), and other County restrictions, 50% of the exterior walls were required to be saved during the renovation. This resulted in a very complicated construction project, as the walls had to be temporarily braced while the house was lifted and an entire new foundation was built. The overall exterior design of the house was dictated by a desire to architecturally integrate the house into the historic district, while at the same time negotiate the odd shape and small size of the lot.
In order to make the house feel spacious while at the same time maintaining distinct rooms, large cased openings were used throughout the main level. The dominant feature is the foyer and stair hall, which is separated from the living room by a 12 foot wide cased opening. The main level also includes a side entry/mudroom/pantry connected to the kitchen, a small office/den connected to the living room, and a small wet bar. An elevator shaft was also provided. The second level was designed to function as one large master suite with an office and sitting room serving as guest rooms when needed. The attic contains a loft space, and an additional bedroom and bath and the basement consists of a large media/playroom.
After all the renovations were completed the home was essentially a new construction.