Style: Historic Brick Shell + Modern Addition + Danish/Industrial Modern Interior
Completion Date: June 2019
> Photos by Mick Anders Photography
A brick shell of a 1930s row house located in the historic Fan District was purchased by the client with the intention of completing a higher end flip. The original interior structure was unusable and sat abandoned for 20+ years covered in graffiti. Because of its awful condition, the neighborhood association and private homeowners allowed city zoning officials to implement a rarely used administrative override for zoning requirements. This ‘administrative override' abolished the required 3’-0” setback from the alley and the attached wall to the house next door. For the first time in the history of the Fan, a new third story was allowed to be built on top of the existing two stories. This new third story includes a secondary living/lounge area, a bedroom, full bathroom and a rooftop deck. Painted brick with new black windows stays true to the more historic nature of the neighborhood, but is complemented by more modern standing seam black metal siding at the rear addition and new third story. The third story walls the surrounding the roof top deck have large glass windows that not only double the size of the space.
The project’s decrepit condition made reuse of existing floors and walls impossible. All existing elements were removed and the brick shell remained. The design involved building a new house within the existing brick shell. New steel was placed in the basement to support all floors above. An exposed 10” deep steel ‘I’ beam running front to back is supported by the existing brick shell and two 3” steel pipe columns. at the ceiling, a two foot wide section of floor joists are exposed from front to back along the steel beam. This eventually turns into a three story light well over the kitchen island with a glass floor at the third level allowing light to filter down from the skylight. The interior has a completely danish modern feel.
Project Type: 1 Story New Construction
# Bed/Bath: 2 Bed/ 2 Bath
Sq. Ft. : 2,500 Style: Midcentury Modern + Midcentury/Industrial Modern Interior
Completion Date: June 2017
Completed while at Walter Parks Architects
> Photos by Andy Jordan Photography
The single story residence is situated parallel to the waters edge and its footprint fits within a small buildable area of just over 100’ wide. The residence is designed as a series of contiguous spaces with the main living areas flanked on either end by a single private bedroom and accompanying bathroom. Three floating roof planes separated by lower roofs create a simple massing for the residence. These elevated roof lines define the primary interior spaces, marked by full height ceilings. The lower roof lines offer a break with more intimate ceiling heights for the dining room, office and hallways. Located to the north of the guest wing, the attached two car garage is the fourth elevated roof plane; rotated and slightly lowered.
The connection with nature and natural light are the most important design features of the residence. The entire south elevation facing the reservoir is comprised of large, floor to ceiling windows that allow for unobstructed views of the water and the field of multicolored wildflowers leading to the shoreline. The floor to ceiling windows placed in key points along the north elevation frame specific views away from the water. These large windows alone, double the size of the residence.Entertaining is a core principle of the design, and the ability to have multiple spaces, both inside and out, makes the house versatile. The covered veranda leads to the terrace and salt water pool that run parallel to the residence. Key landscaping features help to maintain privacy of the two bedrooms and their private terraces.
Clerestory windows are utilized at the upper portion of every exterior wall on the north and south elevations. These clerestory windows are situated between the exposed 5 1/4” wide by 14” deep engineered wood beams that extend to the exterior to support the deep overhanging eaves. The underside of the flat eaves act as a visual extensions of the 12’-0” to 13’-6” tall ceiling surface. A structural grid of 46 exposed tube steel columns support these beams and are located on both the interior and exterior of the residence. A covered veranda, deep overhangs at the upper roof and in-slab heating and cooling provided by geothermal reduce the energy consumption.
NAN / BARCLIFF RESIDENCE
Project Type: 2 Story Modern Addition + Modern Renovation
Located in the historic Museum District, this modern addition to a 1924 brick row house is pushing the limits for a tradition neighborhood. The clients have a taste for all things modern. The existing two story brick residence is on a 25’-0” wide lot and the buildable width of the addition is 19’-0” (3’-0” sideyard setbacks). The 35’-0” deep addition will include a small sunroom/den with floor to ceiling glass windows. Full height sliding glass doors will lead out to a large covered porch with outdoor fireplace. The East and West elevations have limited visibility from within the homeowner’s backyard. The west side of the entire addition is supported by freestanding steel columns on concrete piers. The steel columns allow you to experience the West elevation from the interior of the addition. Between this line of columns and the covered porch is a 3’-0” W x 29’-6” L x 3” deep reflecting pool with no railing. This reflecting pool is level with the deck surface and can be seen from the interior space as well. The second story of the addition is devoted to a new master suite with a large master bath, ample closet space (a feature they lacked previously) and a huge master bedroom with access through full height sliding doors to a large master balcony. Above the master suite is a roof top deck that will allow the homeowners to see fireworks at the Diamond and sunbath if they would like. This roof deck is accessed by a two story spiral staircase.
The existing house will be slightly reconfigured to allow for a larger kitchen and an actual half bath (previously just a toilet). The exterior brick wall will be opened up at the kitchen to allow a new peninsula to have a connection to the sunroom/den. All existing bathrooms will be redone to look modern and sleek.
Project Type: Renovation + 2 Story Traditional Addition
Sq. Ft. : 2,700 (originally 1,470) Style: Modern Cape Cod
Completion Date: Fall 2019
Originally, this higher end flip was a one story brick house with a typical gabled roof. The renovation includes removing the roof of the existing house and adding a new roof line utilizing steep sloped roofs. Tying into the existing footprint, a two story addition of the rear adds over 1,300 square feet. The plan calls for two bump outs at the front elevation. One is a portion of a bedroom, the other is an covered porch for the new front entry. The aesthetic of the house keeps in line with the neighbors, but pushes the limit of traditional, with painted brick, natural wood siding, black windows and black metal roofs and flashing details. The interior of the existing footprint is being torn down to the exterior stud walls and a center bearing wall running side to side is to remain. The entire rear exterior brick wall is to be removed to allow for the new addition. The first floor of the addition includes a new kitchen, dining and living room. The floor of the addition is lowered a little over a foot to allow for higher ceiling heights. The use of steel beams and engineered floor trusses is necessary to achieve the wide and open spaces at the first floor.
3002 P STREET
Project Type: 3 Story New Construction
# Bed/Bath: 3 Bed/ 2.5 Bath
Sq. Ft. : 2,000 Style: Modern + Modern Interior
Completion Date: 2020
Located in North Churchill, this 19’ wide, three story new construction residence is modern both inside and outside. Built in an up and coming neighborhood, this residence will be built with the intention of selling it. Taller ceiling heights were a must have and Large windows will be utilized for both natural light and amazing views from the upper floors. The stairs will be a focal point with finish grade plywood panels attached and separated by thin steel plates that transition from the floor to handrail posts. The first floor is entirely open with a large covered exterior porch. The second story includes two bedrooms, Jack and Jill bathroom, a large master suite and walk-in laundry room. The partial third story features a lounge area and half bath. A large rooftop deck will have amazing views of the city skyline and have a gas fire feature.
1901 GEORGIA AVENUE
Project Type: New Construction - Two Story Residence
# Bed/Bath: 4 Bed/ 3.5 Bath
Sq. Ft. : 3,100 Style: Modern Midcentury/Danish
Completion Date: 2020
A new construction residence located on an empty corner lot at the end of the Maymont Neighborhood. With possible river views, this residence is designed to see the surrounding nature with large windows. The design is an ‘upside down’ house, swapping the traditional upstairs with the downstairs. The large living, dining and kitchen are designed to entertain. The large master suite is also located at this level, and features large, exposed engineered beams and clerestory windows. Accessed from the kitchen is a grilling deck with spiral stair leading to the large upper roof deck. Located two lots from the James River, the 20’x16’ roof top deck will have wonderful views. The lower level features three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One bedroom can be used as an office near the main entry foyer. Entering the front door reveals a large hall and two story space with a ‘feature stair’ to the second level. With simple interior finishes that are true to their natural qualities, this residence can be considered Danish minimal.
Being a quiet neighborhood, there is a two vehicle carport located under the master suite, with its own secondary entry. Being close to Texas Beach, the river, and bike trails, a storage garage for kayaks, bikes and other equipment is located adjacent to the carport. The exterior has undertones of midcentury modern. Exposed steel columns and beams line the first floor street elevation along Kansas Avenue and a large block chimney is the focal point of the Georgia Avenue elevation. Over the entry and first floor office is a green roof of taller natural grasses that can be seen from the living room and the street. The skin of the building is a natural vertical wood mixed with dark standing seam metal and large glass windows. 2’-0”+ overhangs are scattered throughout all elevations, and help to provide shading for windows.