Home Renovation in McLean, VA
Our clients bought this stately colonial in Mclean with plans to immediately start renovation. They wanted to create a welcoming space, as their three children, all in high school, like to invite their friends and teammates over. Since entertaining was a major goal, they were keen to build more kitchen and food prep areas. The old layout also conveyed more of a formal aesthetic than a welcoming one, so they hoped to rearrange a few features, including the staircase in the foyer, in order to capitalize on the architecture’s ability to invite guests into the home.
Design + Layout
The main goal was to add classic lines back to the house, which had been obscured by a prior remodel. The home already had a traditional feel, but the homeowners wanted to add a few touches, both internal and external to help it stand out. We added two dormers in front to help bring light into the upper level, and replaced the exterior stair in the rear with a charming spiral staircase to add some character to the deck and pool aread.In the grand foyer, we replaced a winding staircase with cleaner L-shape, which improved circulation to the adjacent rooms.
Style + Finishes
The house was spacious and somewhat ascetic, but our clients wanted to create a sophisticated cozy feeling. As the existing trims and finishes were fairly stark, we elected to work with softer colors and materials: warm stains of oak and walnut, soft white paint finishes, and deep saturated blue tones. We added depth to the finished style by focusing on simple and refined trim work, in the coffered ceilings, wainscotting, and cabinetry. We used a number of flooring finishes throughout, including hardwood, checkerboard tile, and patio brick for the poolside lounge.