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Arlington Family Outgrows Home but Stays Put

Family builds addition to accommodate their growing needs.

The expanded 1937 colonial features white washed brick create continuity with the side and rear additions.

The expanded 1937 colonial features white washed brick create continuity with the side and rear additions. Photo by June Stanich for Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

When a family of five realized that they’d outgrown their home in the Cherrydale neighborhood of Arlington, they pondered two options: purchase a new home or build an addition onto their existing home. They decided to stay in their home.

"They liked the neighborhood and knew their original 1937 brick colonial had great bones, but just needed updating to fit their current and future needs," said David Vogt, senior project designer of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., the company that built the addition.

The design team looked at the left side of the home that had an existing first floor addition. "It just needed to be reworked to create a separate first floor office and mudroom with a new master bathroom above it," said James Woods, project manager at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.,

Designers created a three-story addition to the back of the home, which gave the family a lower-level playroom, a main-floor family room, and a top-level master bedroom with an adjoining master bathroom.

"There are now three full bathrooms on the second level," said Vogt. "The side and back additions added approximately 1,215 square feet of space to the original 2,090 [square-foot] colonial. To blend the bricks, the exterior was whitewashed, making the new spaces feel as if they’d been there for a while."

The family’s home now includes space for ping-pong on the lower level, a family room on the second floor, a master suite and a mudroom with window seats.