- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2012

We all know you can’t judge a book by its cover - and sometimes you can’t judge a home by its exterior.

The brick home at 3841 Cathedral Ave. NW, on the corner of 39th Street and Cathedral Avenue, appears to be a classic Colonial-style single-family home. While the elegance continues inside, this home has been completely remodeled and includes a floor plan with open rooms that suit 21st-century tastes.

Built in 1928, this residence has been the site for more than a year of renovation activity by builder Taft Hawken that transformed the interior of the house while expanding the living space. A glass-enclosed deck and glass-enclosed balcony add to the outdoor living space and provide a hint of the transformation that occurred inside.

On the market for $2,925,000, this property features the highest level of craftsmanship and materials, from the hand-honed wood balustrades to the exposed-wood-beam ceilings to the polished stone and hardwood floors. The interior design pays homage to the original architectural feature seen in many neighboring homes: archways for both interior doorways and exterior windows.

A flagstone walkway leads inside the low brick walls that form the perimeter of this property and to the front porch. The porch features a slate floor and offers a shady spot tucked between arched brick walls.

The exterior brick arches of the porch are echoed by a row of tall arched windows that face the porch and offer a glimpse of the airy space inside. Double wood doors provide an elegant entrance to the home.

Every surface in the interior of this residence is new, from the floors to the walls and the windows to the ceiling. Distinctive cove lighting discreetly adds light in multiple rooms, and high ceilings are complemented by 10-foot doors in every room.

The two-story foyer features travertine flooring with skylights overhead. The foyer leads directly into a reception hall with travertine flooring and a series of open archways leading to the library and to the gallery connecting the front and rear sections of the home.

The gallery has a wall of built-in wood bookcases and cabinets. Nearby is a hall with a double-door closet and a powder room with travertine flooring and a granite-topped vanity.

The generously proportioned library includes built-in bookcases and cabinets, hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace enclosed by a distinctive slate hearth and surround. Recessed lighting complements the natural light provided by two walls of oversized windows.

The library and the rest of the first and second levels, as well as the outdoor spaces, are prewired for a sound system.

The focal point for residents and their guests is sure to be the great room, an open space with an exposed-beam ceiling and travertine flooring with space for a living area and a dining area adjacent to the open kitchen. The living and dining areas are visually separated by a granite-topped serving bar with cabinets underneath. The living area includes multiple arched windows and a gas fireplace.

The dining area, wrapped in windows, has glass doors that open onto a spacious, maintenance-free deck with built-in speakers and a gas line for a grill. One side of the deck’s railing is glass, allowing for an open view.

The kitchen includes granite counters and a center island with a five-burner cooktop and a sleek contemporary glass hood above. The stainless steel appliances include a 72-inch-wide refrigerator and freezer, double wall ovens and a microwave.

Next to the kitchen is a walk-in pantry with a modern electronic dumbwaiter for easily transporting groceries from the lower-level garage.

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