Hired to renovate a century-old farmhouse in Clifton, Virginia, architect Mark Kohler set out to create the open, airy living spaces his clients desired.
The breezeway once connecting the home and garage was enclosed and transformed into an inviting entry foyer.
The newly remodeled kitchen.
His plan expanded their detached garage, creating a kitchen, dining and living area overlooking the pool on the ground level and a new bedroom above. HardiePlank siding, trim and barn lights complement the original period architecture.
The kitchen before the remodel.

Remodel: before+after

A clever addition revives a  historical Virginia farmhouse

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The home lacked open, inviting spaces conducive to entertaining.An addition enclosed a breezeway to create a welcoming foyer and expanded  the detached garage into an open kitchen, living and dining space.
Designed with low ceilings and few windows, the original kitchen felt dark and cramped.The new kitchen/living area boasts vaulted ceilings with timber-frame trusses; folding glass doors open to the pool.
With the existing colonial-style windows, rooms were dim and lacked a connection to the outdoors.New farmhouse-style windows and doors by Jeld-Wen let in light while complementing the original vernacular.
A fireplace in the existing family room blocked views of the pool.A bank of windows now affords sweeping views of the pool and farmland.

 


Renovation Architecture & Construction: Mark Kohler, KohlMark Group Architects and Builders, Burke, Virginia. Photography: Greg Hadley.

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HardiePlank siding, trim and barn lights complement the original period architecture.