By Elizabeth Troutman Adams
Photography by Shaun Ring unless otherwise noted
Located on the outskirts of downtown, the much-adored Chevy Chase neighborhood has attracted a genre of buyers looking for older homes with character and class. Strolling along the streets of the historic neighborhood, home seekers will notice age-old trees, a variety of home sizes and styles, elaborately manicured lawns, and Bluegrass Trust Historic Preservation markers. For buyers who want the old-house character with modern updates and amenities, a remodeled home with historic charm is the way to go.
Chris Benezet of Benezet & Associates conducted a complete renovation of a home on Dudley Street that was in dire need of updates. They incorporated modern style elements and creative functionality opening up a breathable living space to accommodate an active and social Chevy Chase family. Through the renovation process, the homebuilder adjusted the layout to add openness and gave the house a new roof, new flooring and new gutters. The new first floor living area transitions into the kitchen, the heart of the home that now features new countertops in two types of granite, an island for barstool seating, a sleek rippled glass backsplash and refined crown molding above white cabinetry.
During the renovation, the first level of the home received brand new red and white oak wood floors stained in the dramatic shade of ebony. Adding more fine details, Benezet framed the fireplace with eye-catching black and white granite. Depending on the preferences of the buyers, a first floor master suite could also be utilized as a guest room. In addition to a master suite and full bathroom downstairs, the home includes an optional master suite on the second level.
With redone insulation and a new HVAC system, the updated home came with an Energy Star Efficiency classification. Another transformation of the home was the facelift to the exterior, with a tidy and polished landscape, an arched front door, an earthy grey-toned painted brick and limestone accents at the corners of the house. The move-in ready home also boasted a spacious backyard ideal for families that appreciate outdoor activity, pets and entertaining.
“I didn’t want to take away too much of the natural house,” Benezet said. “I wanted it to feel like it did in 1940 when it was built. It’s got everything—it’s got old house charm and new amenities in a classic neighborhood.”