A MODERN BUNGALOW MAKE
Finding enough room in the right old house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., was proving impossible. “The advent of twins meant they couldn’t stay in their previous house,” says interior designer Shazalynn Cavin–Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria. Her clients considered building a new house to suit their needs.
Having long collected Stickley and Arts & Crafts furniture, they wanted an Arts & Crafts house. To their delight and relief, a perfectly ordinary builder’s house might just fit the bill: With design help from Cavin–Winfrey, they were able to turn a newly built, 5,000-squarefoot, two-and-a-half-storey house into a modern bungalow.
The steeply roofed gable end faces the street. A pair of crepe myrtles flanks the front walk and anchors the dooryard garden. A broad porch wraps around the front and one side of the house, its tapered columns sitting on brick piers in Arts & Crafts fashion. The front door opens to a traditional layout: the dining room is at left,
right A few deft upgrades add period charm to a generic builder’s house that had a pleasingly steep, street-facing gable and unobtrusive dormers. opposite Plush walls upholstered in green linen dampen noise in the dining room. The same textured linen was used for window drapery. Reissued Stickley furniture is part of the owners’ collection. The horizontal window is made up of three stained-glass panels by Joe Pompei.