A Surprise Inside

Michael and Deborah Sauri’s design-build background inspired them to create the perfect home: their own.

The remodeled basement has 8-foot ceilings and serves as a secondary office for the couple’s design-build business. Its white conference table was made from a vintage door they reclaimed from a teardown property in Arlington. Photo by Darko Zagar

They could have gone the teardown route, razing the original home and rebuilding from scratch, but they didn’t. Instead they completely gutted the interior, excavated the basement—which allowed them to raise the basement ceiling from 6 feet 6 inches to a full 8 feet tall—and added a fourth floor with three rooms and a full bath.

“We basically built a completely new house on the old foundation,” Michael explains.

The front entry features a custom solid fir door by Simpson. Photo by Darko Zagar

Today, when you enter the home (shoeless, please), the command center—an open family room and kitchen combo—lies straight ahead. Dark floor tiles connect these two zones, ultimately climbing the walls of the family room to give the space a moody, sophisticated feel. (This Japanese-influenced aesthetic also carries over into the half bath.)

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