|Dated architectural features included a portico with antebellum-style columns and windows placed halfway below ground level that gave the impression the house was sinking.||The columns were removed. Ipe frames around the upper and lower windows are cleverly connected by ipe panels, creating a sense of verticality that lifts the eye up.|
|The front door was lost beneath the portico, which also blocked natural light to the front rooms. Non-functional shutters obscured the windows.||A modern, asymmetrical canopy makes the new ipe pivot door a focal point. The shutters and overhang are gone; cutouts in the canopy’s ipe support bring in additional light.|
|The unattractive garage side of the house was unfortunately easily visible to visitors.||A stunning, translucent-glass garage door is framed by a canopy that echoes the one above the front door.|
Renovation Architecture & Contracting: Anthony Wilder and Maria J. Fanjul, architectural designers, Anthony Wilder Architecture | Interiors | Construction, Cabin John, Maryland. Photography: John Cole.