Hammond Wooden, which was shown on the Countrywide Sign-up of Historic Destinations in 2004, has 58 Goodman-designed properties developed between 1949 and 1951. According to the Maryland Historic Trust web page, “Hammond Wooden conveys Charles Goodman’s innovation in suburban setting up in the metropolitan Washington area in the publish-Globe War II period of time by telling the story of how pioneering architect/builder teams had been redefining the monotonous suburban cultural landscape into enclaves that had been overwhelmingly naturalistic. Hammond Wood conveys the ideal of Goodman’s architectural legacy.”
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“The homes in Hammond Wood have usually been actually affordable for what they are,” reported architect Michael Cook, who knew about this house from owning lived in the neighborhood in the early 2000s.
Cook and his companions, Sidney and Derek Kowalczyk, sent a letter to the proprietors telling them of their curiosity in getting it. Prepare dinner had renovated 4 other Goodman properties in the cluster encompassing this house and certain the owners that he was intent on preserving the “soul of the dwelling,” not just repairing and flipping as some developers do.
The household was not in wonderful form when they obtained it. The largest problem was that the basement windows were being buried in mud, trapping dampness and rotting the window frames and assistance columns.
“We experienced no strategy all of them had been rotten,” Cook claimed. “The whole dwelling was slipping down.”
To correct the problem, they raised the composition, inserted new window frames and support columns, attached them to the foundation and included back the glass.
Another issue was rebuilding the retaining wall on the exterior. It now goes three ft underground. The wall, which charge about $20,000 to deal with, was painted with a design and style to give it visual fascination.
With the mud eradicated, the reduced amount now is a light-stuffed room with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a household home that opens to a patio with an out of doors hearth. The major level has a living-eating space, kitchen, two bedrooms and a toilet.
When planning houses, Goodman always took into consideration the topography. Homes are angled for optimum sunshine exposure and privacy. Trees were being preserved. Grading was minimum. In this circumstance, the home is tucked amongst enormous oak trees.
“It’s section of this cluster of seven Goodman properties, all arranged about a downhill gully, that definitely displays the genius of Charles Goodman,” Prepare dinner explained. “To me, it produces a created setting that genuinely resembles California hillsides.”
Starter residences such as this a person are often in jeopardy of staying razed. The land tends to be much more useful than the house. For most builders, it tends to make much more sense economically to create a new dwelling than restore the existing a person, even one particular developed by a famous architect. But Prepare dinner has prolonged wished to exhibit that properties like this a person still have benefit and can perform for today’s people. He considers his do the job on these properties to be architectural restoration or historic preservation.
Cook has renovated 35 of Goodman’s residences about the years. This is the 12th mid-century modern day residence he has worked on with the intent to offer, and he claimed it may be his previous.
“It just doesn’t make money perception for us to continuing building historic neighborhoods like Hammond Wooden and [nearby, Goodman-designed] Hammond Hill due to the fact the margins basically are not there,” he stated. “We’re competing in opposition to flippers and design-develop corporations that are wanting to make the most income whilst investing the least.”
Prepare dinner will carry on to do the job with shoppers on transforming their mid-century present day homes. He stated he is operating with 25 shoppers and has 10 a lot more lined up. But his times as a developer are coming to a close. He hopes anyone else will be eager to choose on initiatives like this 1.
“It’s seriously regrettable that we can not proceed developing in historic neighborhoods like Hammond Wooden and Hammond Hill for the reason that we come to feel strongly about preserving these special properties and historic neighborhoods,” he reported. “To make fiscal perception for us, we [would need to] move into an area like McLean, but we’d like to spend in a diverse community like [Hammond Wood].”
The 4-bed room, two-bathroom, 1,863-square-foot house is detailed at $829,000.
- Bedrooms/bogs: 4/2
- Approximate sq.-footage: 1,860
- Lot dimensions: .16 acre
- Attributes: The 1951 Charles Goodman-designed household in the Hammond Wooden neighborhood has been restored by Cook dinner Architecture and Rate Street Development. The kitchen area has Poggenpohl cabinetry and Bosch appliances. The patio has a wood-burning fireplace.
- Listing agent: Michael Shapiro, Compass