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Robert (Bob) Braddock

Red House Architects
1612 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington Virginia 22201
703-346-9819
rbraddock@redhousearch.com

What advice do you have for homeowners who are trying to decide whether to expand or move to another home?

We hear this quite often from clients who want to weigh their options but aren’t sure where to start. I always tell them that they need two things to make an informed decision: a picture and a price. I talk with them about their wants and needs; I create floor plans and sketches based on that information, and we ask contractors for budget pricing of those drawings. This first stage, called Schematic Design, provides a basis for deciding whether to renovate or move.

When creating an addition for a client, what factors do you consider?

In addition to budget, functionality and aesthetics, we think a lot about proportion—both inside the home itself and with respect to the neighboring houses. We also offer our clients practical advice about resale. I’ve been designing homes in this area for more than 25 years, so I’ve learned a lot about what the next buyer is going to want. For example, if you live in a small Arlington home and you want to add on a fabulous kitchen and great room, but don’t have the budget to redo anything else, you don’t want the next buyer to come in and fall in love with the great room but wonder what happened to the rest of the house. We’re very careful about ensuring that every new addition integrates with the original part of the home and that the rooms are in proportion to each other. We offer creative solutions that really work for our clients and we always focus on the best way to add value to their home.

Awards

Arlington Magazine Top Vote-Getter, Best Architect 2013, 2016, 2018; Sun Gazette Best of Arlington 2018, InsideNOVA.com; Best of Houzz (Service) 2016, 2017, 2018, (Design) 2017