Drawing Board: Floors + Windows + Doors

Mid-Century Inspiration

The owners of a mundane 1960s split-level in Silver Spring hired architect Bruce Wentworth to refresh its uninspired front façade and introduce a modern look. A commanding front entry, new windows and an attractive two-car garage realized the changes his clients were looking for.

A front entry with a small overhang and nondescript front door was easy to overlook.A projecting front porch is delineated by stucco cladding and framed by the wood, brick and stone of the rest of the house. A bold red entry door and sidelite capture attention.
A ramshackle-looking carport was an unappealing appendage on the side of the house.A two-car garage with cedar doors is a vast improvement. Wentworth balanced the garage visually by also cladding the other end of the home in cedar.
A small, dated picture window to the left of the front entry was flanked by double-hung windows.Four large windows replaced the smaller original windows beside the door, conveying a modern vibe. All the window frames are now painted black.


Renovation Architecture & Construction: Bruce Wentworth, AIA, Wentworth Studio, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Photography: Morgan Howarth.