This 1960's speculative "builder house" in Alexandria was sufficient in size negating need for expansive additions. However, ground floor living spaces were constrained and poorly situated. Inexplicably, the original house completely ignored the property's greatest asset, unimpeded views and access to Little Hunting Creek! The tidal water is both a source of visual serenity and outdoor activity. From their backyard the homeowner can slide kayaks into the creek. It's a short paddle out to the Potomac for a range of river views and sites including George Washington's Mount Vernon.
At the ground level, a rear mud and utility room were relocated to expand living space and create window opportunities. A 4 foot cantilevered bay addition extends out past the house proper to enable higher ceilings and tall banks of windows. The kitchen was relocated and made part of the living space. Upstairs, a generous master suite was fashioned from two bedrooms. The suite roof was altered to allow cathedral ceilings and taller windows.
The entire house was reskinned with new siding, trim, and windows. A combination of shingle and horizontal siding helps to improve proportions and convert the "boxy" monolithic appearance of the existing rear facade.