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Modern open kitchen and family room
Modern open kitchen and family room

The interiors accommodate an open-plan kitchen/family room.

Steel-and-white-oak floating stair
Steel-and-white-oak floating stair

A new, steel-and-white-oak floating stair.

Lower-level lounging space anchored by a ledgerstone fireplace
Lower-level lounging space anchored by a ledgerstone fireplace

A lower-level space for lounging is anchored by a ledgerstone fireplace.

Modern front exterior with expansive Kolbe windows
Modern front exterior with expansive Kolbe windows

The design team added modern curb appeal to the front of the house with expansive Kolbe windows.

Modern Redux

Bowers Design Build brings organic flair and a contemporary touch to a classic family home
Modern Redux - BEFORE

BEFORE

Modern Redux - The owners of a traditional McLean residence wished to expand their living space while imparting a clean, modern look.

They tapped Bowers Design Build to create a streamlined, two-story rear addition oriented towards the leafy yard; it contains an upper-level sunroom and a lower-level space for lounging, anchored by a ledgerstone fireplace.

“The new addition sets a modern tone for the rest of the renewed home,” says principal Wilma Bowers. “We replaced sun decks with a conditioned volume that opens to the wooded property and brings the outdoors in.” Wrapped in durable machiche wood with a concrete-look paneled chimney, the new structure spills out to a deck that leads to a patio below.

The design team reconfigured the interiors in contemporary style to accommodate an open-plan kitchen/family room; a library with floating walnut shelving; a two-sided gas fireplace clad in limestone; and a new, steel-and-white-oak floating stair (top, right). They added modern curb appeal to the front of the house with expansive Kolbe windows and a sleek front door.

Modern Redux - Award: Grand, Entire House Renovation over $1 Million. Renovation Design & Construction: Bruce Bowers, principal, Bowers Design Build, McLean, Virginia. Photography: JW Smith Photography.

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