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Beautifully renovated split level home in Maryland

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Hempstead House is a fifties era split level home situated on a small lot in Bethesda, Maryland, designed by Gardner Mohr Architects. The 1,500 square foot home had inadequate space for the current owner’s pattern of living and lacked strong connection internally to the site. The owners sought to give the home a new modern character while preserving memories of its original identity. Through renovation, they hoped to connect the indoors to the out-of-doors, create flexible spaces for living and dining with views between spaces, and to make the kitchen the heart of the home. Describing themselves as “accidentally sustainable,” they wanted to pair their design goals with environmentally sound choices.

THE APPROACH:

The first floor spaces were expanded and joined so that dining and gathering can occur “anywhere and everywhere.”  The kitchen became the nexus of all activity, joining the living and dining spaces on the first floor to the study/ loggia and entry hall on the half-level below.  The new living space is tall and spacious with terrace doors, windows, skylights and a light shelf on the south wall, welcoming in abundant cross ventilation and natural light.  The L-shaped addition embraces a new cypress deck that floats across a grass terrace to a stone wall and rock garden, creating a unifying transition to the outdoors. This main level addition and the second floor addition, perched as a treehouse, embrace the backyard and capture the traversing daylight.

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Descending from the kitchen at an angle to the addition, a reclaimed walnut stair the full width of the loggia leads down to a study with a honed concrete radiant floor, bamboo casework, and a Paperstone desk.

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A second-floor master bath designed as a retreat, a connecting entry hall and new play room adjacent to the study, and a new bedroom and bath carved from an enclosed garage round out the plan. Throughout, the use of smart envelope design, passive solar gain, radiant heat, high insulation values, water-saving fixtures, and low VOC/formaldehyde-free materials complete the sustainably-minded, balanced design.

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Photos: Jim Tetro & Amy Gardner

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