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Tour this stunning Italianate bungalow designed for empty nesters in Virginia

Italianate bungalow exterior at dusk

Moore Architects has designed this stunning Italianate bungalow for a pair of empty-nesters who are recently retired, located in Alexandria, Virginia. The goal of this project was to create an age-in-place home for this retired couple. The program for the house places all of the primary functions for daily living on the main level, with additional entertaining, bedroom, and support spaces on the upper and lower levels.

The architecture of the exterior creates a visual connection to the southern bungalow style with an Italianate influence found in 19th-century New Orleans houses. The white clapboard, standing seam metal roof, and black sashed windows create a crisp, modern interpretation of the American traditional house.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Moore Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Madigan Schuler Interior Design CUSTOM CABINETRY Lobkovich

Italianate bungalow exterior at dusk

Across the rear grass yard-court, the Italianate style continues with a small white clapboard barn structure to hold the owners’ classic red Ford pickup truck. The barn transitions to the rear with a more agrarian structure paying tribute to the mid-western farm buildings of the owners’ youth.

Italianate bungalow exterior

This structure connected to the rear of the barn contains a collection of two forms, the first holding a workshop and the second a home-concert music hall. The half-acre property gently slopes downhill to wooded rear parkland allowing the barn structure to recede from the more formal main house site.

Italianate bungalow exterior front porch

The final massing of the house creates a less imposing 1½ story structure that fits perfectly into the established neighborhood. The siting and architecture of the house and outbuilding are meant to convey a sense of history and permanence. 

Italianate bungalow entry with green doors

What We Love: This Italianate bungalow has gorgeous curb appeal with its white facade and pop of green from the front doors. The porch is warm and inviting with a cozy swing for lounging. The interiors are equally beautiful with the exposed wooden beams, white paneling and exquisite attention to detail at every turn. We especially love the screened porch, perfect for entertaining and spending the seasons sheltered from the elements while enjoying an indoor-outdoor living experience.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this home do you find most inspiring? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Virginia: A mountain modern inspired house set in woodsy Northern Virginia and A Virginia Beach cottage showcases a fresh, coastal-chic vibe.

Italianate bungalow exterior front porch

Italianate bungalow front entry

contemporary hallway

contemporary living room with a fireplace

contemporary living room

contemporary living room

contemporary dining room

contemporary dining room

contemporary kitchen

contemporary kitchen with blue cabinets

contemporary kitchen with blue cabinets

contemporary kitchen breakfast nook with built-in window banquette

contemporary kitchen with blue cabinets

contemporary kitchen pantry with green cabinets

contemporary kitchen pantry with green cabinets

contemporary hallway leading to the stairs

contemporary family room

contemporary family roomcontemporary bedroom

contemporary powder room

contemporary hallway

contemporary hallway console table

contemporary mudroom with built-in benches

contemporary hallway with wall shelving

contemporary staircase

contemporary staircase with a window

contemporary bedroom

contemporary bedroom

contemporary bedroom

contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom with a freestanding tub

contemporary up stairs hallway

contemporary window seat

contemporary hallway

contemporary wine cellar and tasting room

contemporary wine cellar and tasting room

contemporary powder room with colorful wall tile

contemporary screened porch

contemporary screened porch with a fireplace

contemporary screened porch

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior at dusk

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow exterior

Italianate bungalow shed exterior

PHOTOGRAPHER Anice Hoachlander

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Ann marie
4 months ago

Amazing! Such an unassuming property from the front, goes on and on fabulous and interesting! Wonderfully done!