New exterior detailing includes dormers breaking across the eaves to match the existing windows, a horizontal band around the facade and engaged pilasters, says Edward Twohey.
"With these changes, the house achieved a sense of cohesion and formality, and now looks its best from all angles. To reinforce this, we reoriented and reconfigured the approach. A looped driveway now leads up to the entry in a gentle swoop, allowing visitors to take in the length of the house at a glance."
Formal landscaping by Culliton Quinn adds to the visual drama of the covered porches.
Interiors were also part of this project. Now a central corridor with a wet bar opens to the family room, existing formal living room, dining room and office. Upstairs, rooms were also rearranged. A new master bedroom was created on the upper level of one pavilion, with the original master bedroom repurposed as the master bathroom. The upstairs hallway was set directly above the one on the floor below, and the two-car garage was extended in length.
Designer Peyton Merrill says she wanted the interiors to reflect the more dignified look of the upgraded architecture.
"However, for the new family room, a more rustic, relaxed feel was appropriate. I had been on vacation at Sea Island, Georgia, and took inspiration from the local architecture there to introduce wood beams and a tongue-and-groove ceiling. The stone fireplace brings the rusticity of the chimneys inside, and the light fixture is made from oak wine barrels."