- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 25, 2005

When one of the owners of the home at 7019 31st St. NW, an interior designer, decided to remodel the brick-front rambler in 2004, she turned for inspiration to Frank Lloyd Wright.

She found a drawing in a book of contemporary architecture that perfectly suited the home. Mr. Wright had designed a two-level front addition to a “boxcar house,” a brick one-level home similar to the existing home in Chevy Chase.

The key element of this design, repeated during the reconstruction of the 31st Street home, was a wall of windows across the front with a set of tall transoms that flood the main level and the additional loft level with light.

On the market for $1,599,000, this warm contemporary-style retreat now features a variety of unique aspects inside and out.

Even with the expanded front section of the residence, the front yard is deep enough to provide privacy from the street and space for an interesting series of garden beds entwined with a stone path leading to the wood front deck. The front and rear gardens, though professionally landscaped, retain a natural ambience and include more than 30 varieties of plants, perennials, shrubs and flowering trees.

Glass, wood and stone are combined on the exterior and interior of the home to blend with the surrounding nature.

A circular cobblestone driveway leads around the back of the home into a parking pad and a one-car attached garage.

Adjacent to the parking pad is a two-level back yard including a covered brick patio and a shaded porcelain-tiled patio overlooking the garden.

The lower level of the property has been left in a natural state and is bordered by a stone wall. A deck that runs the width of the back of the house overlooks the yard and treetop views extending into Rock Creek Park.

Future owners may choose to terrace and landscape the lower level of the yard and add a playground or even a swimming pool. The large lot also could accommodate a two- or three-level detached garage with living space. A separate guesthouse or studio could be added, too.

The new facade of the home includes a set of French doors leading into the living room, a dramatic space with a 20-foot ceiling, double-pane energy-efficient windows in two rows that extend to the top of the ceiling, recessed halogen lighting and exposed brick walls from the original home.

Throughout the main and loft levels are hardwood floors. A wide archway leads from the living room into the dining room, an expansive room with crown moldings, display shelves, a wood-burning fireplace with a brick hearth and surround, and recessed lighting.

Beyond the dining room are the open kitchen, breakfast area and family room, a comfortable, spacious cluster of rooms that appear to be surrounded by trees.

Unusual pewter-toned wood cabinets with pewter knobs and drawer pulls blend with granite counters and a granite breakfast bar.

Stainless-steel appliances include a computer-controlled oven, a trash compactor, a side-by-side refrigerator, and two stainless display/storage shelves that add style and function to the room.

Abundant cabinets and counter space make this an easy kitchen for cooking and entertaining.

The adjacent family room includes two sets of French doors to the deck as well as casement windows, which give the effect of walls of glass. Pewter-toned cabinets and shelves that match the kitchen cabinets have been added to the family room, which also has a French door leading to the side screened porch, a favorite retreat for the owners most of the year.

This porch has a tongue-and-groove wood ceiling, electric outlets, a fan, wood shades and wood trim to match the deck, which is accessible through another French door.

The screened porch includes a second door to the home office or den on the main level, a flexible space with a closet and French doors, which frame a wooded view.

Currently being used as an office, this room also can function as a guest room.

Wood stairs lead from this room to the loft level.

The main level also has a bedroom wing for families that prefer one-level living.

The first-floor master suite has a sleeping alcove with a 15-foot ceiling, two closets and 10 windows on two walls, filling the room with light.

The attached master bath includes etched-glass windows, a tumbled-marble floor and a large shower with marble walls.

The second bedroom on the main level includes views of the trees and an etched-glass ceiling fixture. The adjacent hall bath includes glass-tile flooring.

A second master suite has been added on the loft level, a charming room with angled walls, including a translucent glass wall with French doors, which adds light but retains privacy. A large skylight that can be opened dominates the ceiling.

The dramatic private bath features terra-cotta tiles with decorative accent tiles; angled walls; stained-glass shutters for both light and privacy; a corner tub tucked under angled eaves; and a large shower with a seat, angled walls and glass doors.

Across a small hall is a dressing room/walk-in closet with an access panel to a storage area, which runs the length of the loft.

The loft features a rail design that repeats the porch and deck rails outside the house and overlooks the windows of the living room across the front of the house. The spacious open loft can be used for relaxing with friends and family, and one alcove features built-in bookcases and a large skylight.

This reading alcove could be closed to create an additional bedroom.

The finished lower level features another special multipurpose room, a family room, and a home office or guest bedroom that includes three walls of windows facing the rear garden.

One wall of exposed brick adds warmth to the space, which has Berber carpeting and a separate outdoor entrance that could be useful for a home office.

The lower level also features a family room or media room with a wood-burning fireplace; halogen track lighting; a large storage closet that could be used as a wine cellar; and a kitchenette with a refrigerator, sink, tile counter and oak cabinets.

Next to the family room is another bedroom, with a translucent etched-glass door and recessed lighting.

Another separate entrance to the back yard is nearby, allowing for these rooms to be combined into an in-law suite with privacy. French doors that can be locked separate the family room, bedroom and bath from the rest of the lower level.

Adjacent to these rooms is another full bath.

An additional room on this level is used as an exercise room. It provides access to the laundry room.

Just one block from Rock Creek Park, this comfortable retreat near the District-Maryland line provides easy access to Connecticut Avenue, the Beltway and downtown Washington while retaining its quiet atmosphere.

Address: 7019 31st St. NW, Washington, DC 20015

Community: Chevy Chase

Age: Built in 1953; renovated in 2004

Price: $1,599,000

Size: About 4,500 finished square feet on lot of 13,337 square feet

Taxes: $5,204 in 2004

Exterior features: Contemporary-style stone, wood and glass home with front garden beds entwined with stone path; wood front deck; natural rear garden with perennials, shrubs and flowering trees; landscaping lights; one-car garage

Interior features: Four to six bedrooms; four full baths; hardwood flooring on the main and upper levels; dramatic walls of windows; skylights; living room with French doors to the deck; dining room with fireplace; open kitchen with breakfast bar, granite counters, views of the woods; breakfast area; family room with French doors to deck and screened porch; home office/potential guest room with door to screened porch and wood stairs to loft level; open loft overlooking living room, with separate sitting area/potential bedroom, access to second master suite with adjacent full bath; main-level bedroom wing with master suite with a private full bath and second bedroom and hall bath; finished lower level with family room with fireplace, kitchenette, bedroom with adjacent full bath; exercise room with adjacent laundry room, office/family room with three walls of windows overlooking woods

Amenities: Wood deck overlooking trees; screened porch; stone patio; two master suites; two fireplaces; custom lighting; lighted closets; five-zone sprinkler system; security lights; five-zone heating and air conditioning

Close by: Rock Creek Park; easy access to Connecticut Avenue shops and restaurants; minutes to Beltway and to downtown Washington

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Arlene Koby of Weichert Realtors in Bethesda, 301/587-0534

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