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Payne Residence

This Falls Church property had a generous site, but, the design challenge lie in its disposition. The lot is relatively narrow in relation to its length. In addition, grade slopes precipitously from front to rear.

Given the limited buildable area in the side yards, the lion share of the new addition had to be placed in the rear yard. Stacking rooms, front to back, upon each other rarely yeilds an organic flowing plan.

Some careful manipulation to existing living spaces helps avoid the sense of an extended circuitous path back to the new spaces. For example, at the ground floor, the existing den and dining areas were reversed. The interior wall separating the new dining was then removed to co-join it with the living room. By opening the core of the house plan up, the sense of extended corridors and stacking of rooms is avoided. To further mitigate the "stacking" effect, the new rear family room is pulled off-center and cattycorner to the kitchen. The gesture helps establish movement across the width of the plan, as well.

Aerial Context View
Ground Floor - Before
Ground Floor - After
Second Floor - Before
Second Floor - After
East Elevation - Before
East Elevation - After
West Elevation - Before
West Elevation - After
North Elevation - Before
North Elevation - After
South Elevation - Before
South Elevation - After

    1   Covered Entry
    2   Foyer
    3   Living Room
    4   Dining Room
    5   Kitchen
    6   Den
    7   Powder Room
    8   Porch
    9   Family Room
   10  Mudroom
   11  Garage


    1   Bedroom
    2   Hall Bath
    3   Master Bedroom
    4   Master Bath
    5   Her Closet
    6   His Closet
    7   Guest Room
    8   Guest Bath
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3300 N. Fairfax Dr.  Ste. 200
Arlington,   Virginia    22201

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