Drawing Board Floors + Windows + Doors

Curb Appeal

Drawing Board Floors + Windows + Doors The owners of a 1970s house in Arlington with a run-down, unattractive exterior contacted architect Matthew Guenther and builder David Merrill to improve its curb appeal. The exterior renovation also addressed problems with accessibility to visitors via the front entry.

Then Now
The house was clad in vertical plywood siding that looked dingy and dated. HardiePlank lap siding and HardiePlank panels clad the house, making it both attractive and environmentally friendly.
A combination shed and carport created an unsightly structure on one side of the house. An unused balcony added nothing to the overall look. An oversized one-car garage replaced the carport; opaque glass garage-door windows framed in metal convey a modern feel.
The front door was not visible from the street and was only accessible through the carport. The roofline was extended to create an overhang. Beneath it, an L-shaped porch lined with pillars enhances the home’s appearance. The porch connects the driveway to the home’s entry, now front and center.


Renovation Architecture: Matthew G. Guenther, AIA, GC/a Architecture, Arlington, Virginia. Builder: David Merrill, Merrill Contracting & Remodeling, Inc., Arlington, Virginia.