Remodeling: Drawing Board

Fresh Façade

Remodeling: Drawing Board A homeowner was drawn to a McLean, Virginia, rambler for its location and promise of easy, one-story living. However, the unappealing, dated exterior needed an overhaul. She hired architectural designer Christina Doyle of Gilday Renovations to transform the home, both inside and out.


Then Now
The client wished to update the tired, brick façade and 1960s look with something fresh and stylish. A French Eclectic architectural style conveys a welcoming “country house” vibe; the brick is covered in painted stucco.
A low-slope roof made the house feel cramped and small. Doyle raised the interior ceilings 12 inches, and replaced the old roof with a steeply pitched, wood-truss roof that elevates the front façade.
Small, mundane windows added no charm to the home’s appearance, and a garage door dominated the view from the front. French doors replaced the existing front door and windows, making the house appear taller and reinforcing its new look; a decorative dormer above and wrought-iron accents complete the picture.


RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE: Christina Doyle, Gilday Renovations, Silver Spring, Maryland. CONSTRUCTION: Gilday Renovations. PHOTOGRAPHY: Morgan Howarth.