Two years ago my clients purchased a tired brick split level home on a ¾ acre lot in Alexandria section of Fairfax County. The home was outdated but the location a block from the Potomac River and closer to both of their jobs caught their attention. Before they decided to finalize their offer they talked with a couple of architects about some proposed changes to the house to open up the rooms and take advantage of the great views on the lot.
The house then:
As time went by it dawned on me that the simple remodel was beginning to take on a life of its own. They decided to skip the addition of a new master bedroom and family room and essentially gut the house. Having been in the house a couple of times during the project it has been amazing to see how the home has evolved from a traditional home to a contemporary Zen masterpiece. The interior finishes are top notch and sleek. The only part of the house that looks anything close to the original are the two guest bedrooms and the former living room and only because they are in the same place!
The issues have been enormous and the delays seem like an eternity. In the end they are going to have the home of their dreams but the saga of what they have gone through to get to this point would be enough to write a book. They hope to be able to move in before the end of the year but having walked the site again today it may be a close call.
My gift to them when the house is finished is to send a professional photographer to capture the home in its best light and create an album for them which will be something that they will be able to look at into the future and remember the house when it was just "perfect."
The house today:
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