House in Spring Valley
Located in the Spring Valley section of Washington, DC, the house was designed in 1929 by the distinguished local architect, Arthur B. Heaton; Wendover, as it was originally called, was designed as his personal residence. As one might expect, the level of detail in this house is quite high.
The client’s program called for expansion of the kitchen to provide a gathering space for their large family. The house had undergone several prior renovations that included the enclosure of the porch, the conversion of the basement into a separate apartment, and a small addition made to the rear in 1970.
The earlier 1960’s addition to the north was removed and the first floor and basement expanded slightly to the east and to the north, allowing access to both the front and rear garden areas. The interior plan was consolidated into a single space consistent with the order of the main house plan. The original pergola motif was re-used for the roof of the addition to help integrate it with the surrounding front and rear garden.
As the addition was on the north side of the house, a series of skylights was added around the perimeter of the roof; the skylights were then integrated with the coffered ceiling of the kitchen. Stucco, the cladding material selected for the addition, complements the stone and brick base of the existing house. Pebbledash stucco was used at the basement level, while a finer, troweled finish was selected for the first floor level.
Michael V. Bartlett
O’Neill Development Corp.