Tudor outside, Arts and Crafts inside, for sale in D.C. at $4.1 million

Michel Rivest’s commute from Fairfax County to D.C. was starting up to come to feel “really long” by the time he took a incorrect change and finished up in Northwest Washington’s Spring Valley community. “I experienced no idea that areas like that existed in the city,” Rivest claimed. “The experienced trees, the substantial a lot.”

Immediately after that discovery, Rivest and his spouse, Louise Courtemanche, began home searching in Spring Valley and, in 2009, settled on a hilltop property that reminded them of their dwelling alongside one another in Westmount, Montreal. The 1935 household, at 3615 49th St. NW, was earlier owned by William Harrop, a longtime U.S. diplomat and a previous ambassador to Israel and quite a few African nations.

“It experienced a vibe of grandma’s dwelling,” Rivest mentioned. “It’s a extremely homey location that introduced back again a whole lot of reminiscences to us.”

Rivest and Courtemanche hired Rob Morris of Morris-Day Designers in McLean, Va., to grow and renovate the house, now on the industry for $4.1 million.

They desired to keep a Tudor-design exterior and, right after a excursion to Scotland and England, resolved on an ornate Arts and Crafts-design and style interior of a sort popularized by an early 20th-century Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The get the job done renovating and increasing the house was identified by the American Institute of Architects as a finalist for a prestigious COTE Leading 10 design and style award, Rivest stated.

The aspects, including the rose motif in bespoke stained-glass home windows in inside doors, brought the couple’s vision to everyday living. The cathedral ceiling in the household place is reminiscent of a person in the Glasgow College of Art.

Rivest, an electrical engineer who claimed he would have preferred to be an architect if he “had the artistic talent,” created lantern fixtures, which have been then made by two artists. The house’s reduce-degree has a ribbed ceiling, intended to “convey the emotion of an outdated pub,” he said, and an inglenook, a space adjoining a fire, common of residences in advance of the invention of central heating.

The renovation, which took 2½ several years, also bundled the enlargement and redesign of a significant place for entertaining at the back of the dwelling. The residence now has a relatives room there, as well as two kitchens, one particular for each day use and another for use when entertaining company.

Morris had proposed that a wander through a residence could be an aesthetic experience, like “taking a road tour,” Rivest reported. “Every point in the house, becomes a see. … Working with an architect opened up my mind to how to look at issues.”

Two sets of stairs direct to the entrance door and a lobby flanked by the dining and residing rooms. The eating place has a ceiling with exposed beams, and the dwelling area has a single aspect of a two-sided, wood-burning hearth. Also off the lobby is the library, which has the fire reverse the residing space hearth and French doors that open up to a patio.

At the back again of the home, past a powder area, is the family space, which has quite a few skylights and a fuel fireplace. Outside of the spouse and children place, there are the two kitchens.

The major bed room suite, on the 2nd amount, has a stroll-in closet and a lavatory with a marble soaking tub and a individual shower. A laundry room can be accessed from the main bedroom or the hall. Two other bedrooms on this level share a bathroom. On the 3rd stage, two bedrooms, a single with a cedar walk-in closet, share a lavatory.

The reduced amount has the “tavern room” with a moist bar, developed-in seating and a hearth. A mudroom on this degree connects to the two-automobile garage and workout space.

A lot of the landscaping, together with a stone wall, was in position when Rivest and Courtemanche bought the home. The few included plantings in the design of England’s Countrywide Belief gardens. Their daughter’s marriage ceremony reception was held on the rear patio.

At initial, Rivest was not planning to play this sort of an energetic function in the style and design approach, but he claimed he has no regrets about the final result.

“As the household and the design factors have been going, like the [stained glass] windows, people today would halt to chat and notify us they liked it,” he explained. “It was definitely a large amount of pleasurable.”

3615 49th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

  • Bedrooms/bogs: 5/5
  • Approximate square-footage: 5,700
  • Ton sizing: .41 acres
  • Attributes: This 1935 Tudor-fashion dwelling underwent an comprehensive renovation, finished in 2012, that involved a rear addition and Arts and Crafts interior particulars encouraged by vacation in Scotland. It has a rear patio, various fireplaces and a two-car garage.
  • Listing agent: Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe, Christopher Leary and Micah Smith, HRL Partners at Washington Fantastic Houses.