2009 NARI Capital CotY

Merit Award Winner

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2009 NARI Capital CotY Merit Award Winner


  • A family of three lived in a a colonial home in Burke for over 20 years, without any major changes done to the house, and now comes a time that he is retiring and wants to spend more time at home enjoying backyard while wife gardening and entertaining indoor and outdoor.
  • Wall between family room and kitchen restricts circulation; no visual linkage; spaces are uncomfortably tight, excessively compartmentalized
  • load-bearing wall that routes plumbing and electrical
  • Lack of cabinet, storage space; limited counter surfaces
  • Lack of natural light combined with dark builder grade cabinets and floors result in gloomy interior
  • Owner, reaching retirement, wants to develop outdoor space
  • screen porch for insect-resistant indoor/outdoor use; deck for open air
  • rear elevation situated on steep slope presents significant need to re-grade
  • footing and foundation require 8’ excavation


  • Major accomplishment is ability to have a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor transition and nice flow for larger group gatherings
  • design and construct 12’ x 11’ breakfast room on rear elevation
  • interior features expansive course of windows, tray ceilings; French door accesses new 12’ x 35’ deck with wide-tread side stairs and 10’x 20’ screen in porch.
  • develop schematic for rerouting plumbing and electrical; remove (load-bearing) wall dividing kitchen and family room to update and connectivity of space.
  • install hardwood floor to visually unify kitchen, family, new breakfast room addition
  • As well as sand and finish the entire first floor
  • kitchen interior: re-route plumbing; remove soffits
  • remove 11’ wide of rear elevation wall as required to create contiguous breakfast room
  • Kitchen interior: Install crown moulding; chair rails – tray ceiling in breakfast room
  • Develop efficient space plan for sink, stove, refrigerator, double oven emphasizing appropriate work triangles
  • Color scheme, tones and finishes for cabinets, surfaces, walls reinforces light and airy ambiance create by substantial increase in natural light
  • Recessed ceiling lights
  • Leaded glass facing cabinets lend decorative
  • Screen porch includes 2 skylights; beaded cedar stain ceiling.
  • Arched (cathedral style) screen panels
  • Open deck
  • Vinyl white railing provides visual contrast
  • Visual linkage to wooded backyard
  • Lower patio
  • Resurface; restore to original look


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