- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2005

From 1999 to 2002, the owners of the farmhouse at 5332 Sherier Place, in Northwest Washington’s Palisades neighborhood, worked closely with architect Michael Alan Finn to preserve and expand their home.

Carefully considering the original structure, built in 1923, along with the design traditions of neighboring homes, the owners gently transformed their home into the community landmark it is today.

The once-bland white farmhouse now features an expanded porch that wraps around the side of the house in a broad expanse of outdoor living space, plus a color scheme of cream with brick red and pale green trim highlighting the architectural details of the home.

Now on the market for $1,890,000, this home has been expanded with a country kitchen addition, a second-level family room addition and a third-floor master suite created by raising the roof.

The property also includes a detached three-car garage with a studio apartment or home office above that includes heat, cable and Internet wiring, built-in wood cabinets and charming nooks under the eaves.

The studio also has a full bath tucked into one corner. The garage underneath is heated and can be converted to use as a guesthouse or office.

A smaller shed or playhouse on the property has a tiny loft area, heat and Internet and cable wiring, so it, too, could function as office space.

Both the garage and the shed have been renovated and painted to match the main house, and the entire property includes an intercom system and a security system that uses cameras.

Meticulous attention to details in the main house resulted in a seamless integration of the original and new sections, including the porch.

An Italian stonemason replicated the three stone-and-cement piers on the front porch by making rubber molds and experimenting with mixes of cement so that the color and shape of the original piers could be duplicated.

Inside, the owners outfitted all the original windows with new sash cords and hardware to match the new windows, which were made in Vermont of solid wood.

Throughout the home, chestnut and oak doors and trim were custom-milled to match the original portion of the home. Antique heart-of-pine flooring in the powder room, kitchen and hall blends with the floors and newer trim, and radiant floor heat has been installed on all four levels of the main house.

The warmth of the wood doors, floors and trim provides a cozy first impression for this home, which has a formal living room with a fireplace and built-in bookcases at the front.

French doors lead from the living room into the formal dining room, which has a built-in china cupboard and French doors that open onto the porch. The main-level hallways include handcrafted wood archways, which link the expansion space to the original home.

Across the back of the home, the country kitchen’s tile and butcher-block counters and abundant Williamsburg-blue cabinets with brushed silver knobs continue the warm atmosphere of the home.

In one corner, a built-in desk and bookcases provide a “command center” for the family, and the adjacent spacious breakfast area could easily include a sofa or soft chairs in addition to the casual dining table.

Walls of windows fill both the kitchen and breakfast area with light and views of the surrounding yard, and glass doors lead to the back yard and to the porch.

A rear staircase leads to the second level.

Although the finishes and wood-trimmed windows in the kitchen keep the old-fashioned theme of the home, the appliances, which include upgraded ovens, a five-burner cooktop, a microwave, a warming oven and a wine cooler, certainly fit into the 21st century.

In addition to the rear staircase, the first floor has a main staircase near the front door, a staircase to the lower level, a hall closet and a powder room, all with wood trim and doors.

The second level features three bedrooms and a full bath, plus a generously sized family room. The three secondary bedrooms each have tall windows with wood trim, and one includes a deep alcove perfect for a crib or for a desk for an older child. The full bath has wood trim and a claw-foot tub, plus a large wood-trimmed window.

Across the back of the home, the family room includes windows on three sides, two closets and two window-seats, plus a staircase to the upper level.

The third-level master suite features dramatic beamed ceilings and a stained-glass window overhead, plus windows on three sides of the room, each with a deep cushioned window seat.

Tucked under the eaves are four closets, and wood panels have been put in place to cover areas where more built-in dressers and closets can be added under the sloping ceilings.

The master bath features a saloon-style swinging door, two separate vanities with custom-made wood cabinetry, a large window overlooking the back yard, and a multihead shower and tub with a glass door.

The lower level has been renovated for more casual living space and a home office. The office includes an outside entrance for easier functioning if clients or patients need appointments, and a set of French doors links the office to the recreation room.

Additional finished spaces on this level include a large bedroom with a corner closet and a full bath with ceramic-tile flooring. A smaller room can function as an exercise room, and there are storage rooms and a large laundry room.

Computer and cable hookups, a security and intercom system, four-zone air conditioning, and radiant floor heating have all been put in place to ensure the comfort of the owners, along with insulation to minimize noise.

The Palisades neighborhood offers an old-fashioned sense of community, yet easy access to a sophisticated capital city.

Address: 5332 Sherier Place NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: The Palisades

Age: Built 1923; renovated and expanded 1999-2002

Price: $1,890,000

Size: Lot of 6,584 square feet

Taxes: $4,675 in 2004

Exterior features: Farmhouse-style single-family home with cedar siding, wraparound porch with columns and stone pillars, painted trim; professionally landscaped garden; three-car detached garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; three full baths; one powder room; formal living room with fireplace and built-in bookcases; formal dining room with built-in cupboard; country kitchen and breakfast area; second-level family room with walls of windows; third-level master suite with cathedral ceiling, four closets and private bath with multihead shower, two separate vanities; finished lower level with outside entrance, recreation room, bedroom, full bath, exercise room, laundry room, storage

Amenities: Studio apartment or office over three-car garage; heated shed/playhouse; radiant floor heating throughout main house; main house and outbuildings wired for Internet and cable; four-zone central air conditioning; security system, intercom and security cameras

Close by: Minutes to C&O; Canal, Potomac River, MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, Georgetown, Virginia and the Beltway via Key Bridge or Chain Bridge

Schools: Key Elementary, Hardy Middle, Wilson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Nancy and David Hammond and Emily Karolyi of Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc. at 202/364-1700.

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