- Location – McLean, VA
- Project Duration – 6 Months
- Price – $300,000 – $600,000
Our Exterior Remodel ConceptWhen putting together an action plan, we found the home’s rear exterior both distressed and predominantly unattractive — at least in reference to the rest of the beautiful home!
RoofingWe wanted to enhance every roofline on the rear exterior in an additive manner, while at the same time utilizing the existing structure without removing the roof altogether. This meant changing low-sloped roof lines to steep-sloped gable roofing in order to align with the massing of the house, bringing about a natural, balanced look. We must say, we are quite pleased with our creative solution: by creating a two-story structure with a relatively shallow roof pitch, it looked more like a single-story roof because of the steeper roofline that was added to the exterior face of the structure already in place. At the risk of being too detailed, we’d be remiss if we failed to point out that all the roofline work performed was overbuild style for the purposes of reducing costs in an innovative way. In reference to upkeep, the family faced water drainage issues which we were able to solve via adding square footage to the home’s rear exterior. For safety purposes, we installed rooftop snow guards alongside integrated copper gutters and downspouts to reduce maintenance duties while solving a possible safety hazard simultaneously.
Siding & Rear TerraceThe existing siding was rotten and, hence, unattractive. In fact, the rotted wood contributed to structural problems near the kitchen and breakfast area — most of which stemmed from the aforementioned water drainage issues. To solve this problem, we redesigned the rear terrace to resolve drainage and rotting issues. To improve the aesthetic appeal of the exterior, we used shingle siding — a choice that complemented the home’s front exterior design. All materials used were intentionally chosen to be durable, long-lasting, and high-end. We were so proud to be able to resolve the water drainage issues, rotten wood, termite damage, and the aesthetic shortcomings this project presented. Though myriad obstacles led to some innovative solutions, the outcome was something both we and the homeowners were thrilled with.
HighlightsWe can imagine that, at this point, you probably have the desire to see what we’ve been discussing in such detail. Fret not! You can view our case study of this project at your convenience — complete with before-and-after images, blueprints, and additional details. For the remainder of today’s post, we’d like to highlight unique aspects of this exterior remodel, some of which really set this home apart from others in its class.
Enhanced Curb Appeal!
We were able to dramatically enhance the curb appeal of this McLean home, while retaining almost all of the existing structure! This was done by eliminating the cedar wood siding and achieving a similar look by utilizing a more durable James Hardie cement siding. The home maintains a classic and original look, with dramatically reduced upkeep. Note that we retained and refinished original wood shutters and added new genuine copper gutters — while all other exterior surfaces were replaced.
Equally Ideal For Entertaining Or A Private “Staycation”
Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of this project was that we were able to create an amazing oasis: brick patio surface with good flow between 2 patio seating areas. Perfectly complements grade of the land and nicely accents the interior of the home while effectively controlling the groundwater. We changed low-sloped roof lines to steep-sloped gable roofs that aligned w/the massing of the existing home to provide a more balanced look.
Attention To Details – An Innovative Combination of Materials Integrated
Elegant enhancements offer additional entertainment space and entice guests to enjoy the outdoors. This experience is supplemented via exterior lights that were replaced with copper fixtures to blend with the copper gutters. Metal roofing was incorporated to highlight bay window and sloped areas, to improve the overarching aesthetic.
A Comfortable Gathering Space With Easy Access
Our exterior home redesign afforded ample size for entertaining and enjoying meals, or simply relaxing. The new design offers plenty of room for lawn furniture and grilling space — surrounded by the sounds of nature for entertaining friends and family.
More Room For Relaxing In Nature
It’s the small touches that provide a warm design. We redesigned the roofline to balance the new master bedroom roofline and used synthetic faux slate roof shingles to replace the existing shingles and incorporated standing-seam black metal. All in all, the homeowners now have a picturesque setting in which they can sit back, relax, and enjoy themselves!