Alexandria VA Remodeling Case Study and Pictures

LEED CERTIFIED ALEXANDRIA RENOVATION

"Our successful renovation is a reflection of Braswell's commitment to excellence. We are thrilled with the final results and our entire experience."  - The Tangers

The Tanger residence offered us an exciting opportunity to transform a 1930s era brick colonial in vintage condition into a stately 21st century home that carefully blends its traditional design with modern style and conforms to U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.    

The Tangers’ newly purchased home “felt like home,” but was a far cry from move-in ready.  Yet they saw beyond the dark entryway and hallways, cramped kitchen, closed-off rooms, and haphazard small additions to the home’s grand potential.  The homeowners knew they wanted their remodeled home to meet LEED residential requirements and contacted Braswell for our green remodeling capabilities.  After careful discussion with the Tangers, Braswell recommended Alexandria Architect Patrick Camus to help design an addition and interiors that would improve the space and sense of flow while maintaining the integrity and character of the original structure. 

Traditional forms of the Colonial design were reinterpreted to give the home a more distinguished appearance.  An additional dormer window and a white portico above the front entranceway and new two-car garage contribute to the home’s grandeur.

The design solution replaced an unappealing rear addition with a spacious one whose many windows allow natural light to fill the master suite on the second floor, and family room and kitchen on the first level.  The expanded family room flows into a beautiful new kitchen with custom cabinetry, designed by in-house designers at Harry Braswell, Inc.  The new dining room boasts built-in, symmetrical cabinetry on either side of the fireplace.  

To meet LEED standards, all exterior walls were rebuilt four inches thicker so high-efficiency spray foam insulation could be applied between the interior walls and brick exterior.  Old radiators and lighting were replaced with a modern HVAC system and LED lights.  The aging roof is now EcoStar, a recycled composite that resembles the slate tiles used during the era when the house was built. 

The project won two Contractor of the Year awards from National Association of the Remodeling Industry, including a Grand Award for Green Remodeling, and was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Home&Design.  The home earned LEED certification.