Architecture + Custom Building: Drawing Board

Historic Update

Clients in Chevy Chase tapped Anne Decker for a whole-house renovation that would include a new kitchen and breakfast room located at the back of their historic home.
On the wish list: an addition that would enhance the existing home; better access to the backyard; and landscaping that would complement the home’s architecture.


A small covered area nearly concealed by large hedges led visitors sideways out of the house instead of directly into the yard.A spacious porch allows people to sit and enjoy the view; Pennsylvania bluestone steps lead straight down into the backyard where a patio offers ample room for lounging and dining.
A circa-1950s kitchen was crowded into the back of the house.A new kitchen opens into the breakfast area (the paneled structure to the right, above). It incorporates a mudroom that leads to the porch.
A narrow back door was set askew along the back wall, giving the rear façade a haphazard, asymmetrical look.The back door has been widened and centered on the rear wall, creating a sense of approach and a harmonious architectural presence.


RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE: ANNE Y. DECKER, AIA, Anne Decker Architects, Bethesda, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: DAVID BROWN, David J. Brown Construction Company, Bethesda, Maryland. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: LILA FENDRICK, Lila Fendrick Landscape Architects, Chevy Chase, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: GORDON BEALL.