Red House Architects
Bio: Red House Architects was founded in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington by Robert Braddock. After many years in architecture, he took the opportunity to start his own firm. Mr. Braddock combines a personal understanding of traditional Arlington homes (and homeowners!), with a strong sense for order and harmony in design.
The Project: The existing home was comfortable and charming but lacked space, flow and a direct connection to the rear yard. The homeowners wanted to stay in their beloved Lyon Village neighborhood, while re-making the house to correctly fit their lifestyle. We created a new second floor under a long, sloping, compound roof to move the bedrooms upstairs. Then, we reconfigured the first floor space to include a kitchen/family room, a dining room, an office and a mud room/powder room. Finally, we added a large screened porch at the rear to connect the light-filled family room directly to the backyard. Traditional Craftsman detailing at the exterior included solid wood brackets for the deep overhangs. The rhythm of the board-and-batten siding was echoed in the standing-seam metal roofing. In the end, the project gave them the space they needed and a home that better suited their lives.