When Liesel Kuhr and Kevin Eakin decided to rework their 1950s Falls Church residence, it commenced with the concept of introducing a dishwasher to the kitchen and ended with the addition of an full second ground.
“It was a extensive and eventful process, but we are so glad that we did it when we did,” claims Kuhr.
When they 1st kicked all around the concept of a remodel, the householders had a eyesight of how they required to stay in the house, but not essentially what that would glance like.
So the duo teamed up with Arlington-based mostly design-build agency TriVistaUSA to carry their vision to daily life.
“TriVista did a terrific occupation sticking with us as we explored the possibilities,” Kuhr says. “Making those people visions appear to life was, of course, challenging get the job done and comprehensive of outdated-house surprises, but we were blessed to have great partners in our builder.”
Beginning with the Kitchen area
The remodel commenced with the elimination of some dividing walls on the initially flooring. Up coming, there was an outward growth in which a screened-in porch employed to be. In simple fact, the current kitchen now sits in that very place, a room that now opens into a breakfast nook and dwelling and dining space places.
By opening the kitchen area space, the spouse and children made a house great for entertaining attendees and expending top quality family members time — both of those of which were pretty essential to the property owners.
And whilst the transform eradicated the screened-in porch, the room’s unique patio fireplace (together with its special brickwork) was held intact and now serves as an indoor-out of doors fixture.
“This fire was exclusive, as it was crafted making use of a kind of brick that is shorter and wider,” claims TriVista spouse Michael Sauri. “We genuinely wanted to preserve that.”
Up-to-date kitchen cabinetry by Wynnbrooke Cabinetry, in the meantime, adds far more of a softness to the place than its unique 1950s style.
Gold accent pendant lights increase but a further contact of appeal to the kitchen, and it is difficult to glimpse at the place with out getting note of its breathtaking colour — a deep, warm shade of teal termed Newburg Inexperienced.
“I adore walking into my kitchen and the fact that it now has a dishwasher,” says Kuhr. “And our cabinet color delivers me peace and joy.”
“It’s a complete put to arrive house and unwind,” adds Sauri. “It just turned out incredible.”
When the kitchen area was the clear star of the rework show, the task was constantly a great deal even bigger than 1 home, Sauri notes.
TriVistaUSA labored with the couple to build a new next-floor format for the home, a area that now homes two supplemental bedrooms for their little ones, a laundry space, a analyze nook, and a principal suite complete with his-and-hers walk-in closets.
These alterations came in helpful when the pandemic arrived, soon soon after the transform was entire.
“Having 3 bedrooms upstairs allow us transform two of the downstairs bedrooms into workplaces when we went distant during the pandemic,” says Kuhr.
The second-floor addition also allowed the homeowners to flip the previous 1st-floor key wing, which sits adjacent to the living spot, into a focused activity area for the youngsters.
“Having an open first ground has been amazing for our 1- and 5-calendar year-outdated,” states Kuhr. “We’re utilizing the new and outdated areas in our property in different ways than we initially planned, but it is been a lifesaver to have those people choices.”
In the end, the architectural style and design method, Kuhr adds, was a journey of discovery and risk — and a whole lot of fun.
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