Drawing Board: Remodeling

Fresh Start

Drawing Board Remodeling Homeowners who purchased a dated split-level in Vienna tapped Gyan Manu of the design/build firm G. Manu & Associates to overhaul the interiors and create a visually appealing exterior using natural building materials and a clean, modern aesthetic.

Then Now
A nondescript brick façade and traditional windows and shutters made the house look faded and boring. A porch area wide enough for a bench draws the eye to the new, modern front door, which is painted an eye-catching brick hue.
A ramshackle carport was an eyesore, offering little storage space and only accommodating a single car. The brick has been covered in stucco, painted in two colors for contrast. Panels of Western red cedar accent the corners of the left volume. Sleek, modern windows add to the clean-lined look.
The house offered no sense of arrival, with a mundane front door that seemed to blend into the front façade. A two-car garage with frosted-glass doors replaced the carport. The roofline is enlivened by the addition of a second-story master suite.


Renovation Architecture & Contracting: Gyan Manu, Associate AIA, NCARB, G. Manu & Associates, Falls Church, Virginia. Photography: Jason Flakes.