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Bruce Wentworth, AIA, is a practicing architect whose
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ture have been published in
House Beautiful, the New York Times, Southern Living, the Washingtonian, Washington
Post, Colonial Homes and Other periodicals. Ask the Architect appears frequently in the Times Mirror news group, and has been featured in titles published by Media General, Network Communications and others.
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Posted on December 27, 2010

“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

Posted on December 27, 2010

“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

Posted on December 27, 2010

Although the term refers to structures built by the British in India, American Bungalow architecture and designs are in the “craftsman” style developed by the Greene brothers of Pasadena, CA.

Posted on December 27, 2010

An architectural style loosely based on a variety of late Medieval English prototypes, ranging from thatch-roof folk cottages to grand manor houses.