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Respectful Remodel

by ArchitectureWeek

In an era when the fabric of traditional neighborhoods is being torn routinely as grotesquely oversized houses are squeezed into normal-sized lots, at least one firm in Maryland is doing it differently. GTM Architects renovated and expanded the home of firm founder George Myers, and in its detailing showed respect for the century-old neighborhood.

Although the "new" house is much larger than the original, the historically detailed expansion is tastefully tucked into its site without imposing on the local ambience. "We are finding that a significant trend in modern residential home design," says Myers, "is an expansion that masks the actual size of the addition."

GTM has completed numerous renovations to the traditionally styled 1930s-era houses that are common in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The firm is developing strategies to expand these old houses in ways that preserve the original charm of the exterior and the neighborhood.   >>>

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The renovated Myers House in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Photo: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography

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The original house.
Photo: GTM Architects


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