The Peterson Residence by Robert Gurney Architects

Located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this beautiful residence was actually a renovation of an already existing structure with some additions as well. The project was developed by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA for Peterson and Collins Inc. and it was completed in 2009. The interior design belongs to Therese Baron Gurney, ASID.

The main challenge was to transform the old and already existing building into a new and completely different structure. Several substantial additions had to be made. The majority of the new structures were added to the back of the house, as not to radically change the look of the house, as seen from the street. Tall windows were added instead of the small ones, a new front porch, as well as wide stairs. The living spaces were relocated to the garden area of the property, this way separating them from the rest of the rooms and allowing ore privacy.

Among the materials used in the process, we can mention the quarter-sawn white oak cabinetry and millwork, dark stained oak flooring, and mahogany screens, combined with travertine, black granite and limestone.

The garden is a very relaxing space, created by using dry-stacked stone, mahogany, steel and copper roofing. Walkways have been added, as well as a new terrace. This project is a very good example that shows us we don’t necessarily have to start from scratch when building a modern home. You can also reuse existing structures, renovate them and turn them into a completely new place.

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