Highland Park Addition and Renovation

The 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom A-frame house in Arlington worked for a single dad and his two children, but when he remarried in 2014, it was clear they needed more space for their growing family, especially in the kitchen. Built in the 1930s, the home also lacked in storage and gathering spaces.

The owners considered moving into another home in the neighborhood they love, but after meeting with WINN Design + Build, the owners realized they could more than double the size of their home and fulfill their wish list which included: a generous kitchen, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a walk-out basement, and a new garage.

WINN’s team overcame challenges when they turned the small, dark house into an open, updated home, including making sure the design fit in with neighboring homes. The lot is narrow and deep so there were significant changes in the grade of the property. “Being mindful of the neighborhood and how an addition will fit in are imperative when designing and building homes,” says Michael Winn.

The exterior now includes Tudor-style detailing in updated shades of blue and white, as well as a three-story addition in the back of the home including an above-grade basement with exercise room, kitchenette and full bath. Inside, the new open flow floor plan includes a formal dining room where the original living room was, a new rear family room off the spacious kitchen that includes cherry cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and upper level bedrooms for every family member.

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