“I own a Dutch Colonial built around 1925, and am planning a two-story addition that will include a first floor library and an expanded master bedroom suite above. The lot size and setback rules necessitate a side addition—so the view from the street will be affected. What are some architectural considerations that assure this house retains its curb appeal?” P.S.W. Clifton, VA
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“I am planning to add a two-story wing to the left rear side of my 30-year old 3,000 square foot stone-and-stucco residence in order to create space for a first floor family entertainment area with guest quarters above. The wing must complement an existing pool, and should offer inviting views of the recreation area and surrounding gardens. I’m told the house is a neo-Tudor, so I wonder how much the license I will have to introduce a window wall and other fairly contemporary ideas. What are some guidelines that will help me preserve the neo-Tudor style, and avoid diluting its currently well-articulated look?” FM, Great Falls, VA