Exterior conceptual drawings are needed ASAP for presentation to the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, to seek approval for a proposed second story addition to a 1918 arts and crafts bungalow in Takoma Park, Md. We're first time home buyers (one of whom works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation), trying to put together a buy + expand + rehab project for a contributing resource to the Takoma Park Historic District. The aesthetic must conform to the historic character of the neighborhood, and design must be expedited to pass various approvals in time to close. Conceptual sketches are the first step, and if we can get them in a week or less it will be a life saver!
The house is a simple 30'x40'; box with a center ridged, low pitch roof; a wide, covered concrete porch; and a small bump-out sunroom on the back, over what used to be a garage but is now sealed in as part of the basement. The chimney is set about 1/3 of the way back from the front of the house. Vinyl siding covers original cedar shingles, and part of the rehab concept is to restore the shingled exterior as well as other arts and crafts details.
The attic has a finished staircase and flooring, and about 7 feet of head room at the ridge line. The basic concept is to lift the roof 4-7 feet to convert the attic into more livable space - with or without dormers, in-line with the existing ridge or rotated, with or without the same pitch. Preliminary comments from the HPC state that any addition must be set back enough from the front of the house to allow the original eave lines and facade to be preserved and clearly distinguishable, and that the final height must not be noticeably taller than that of the neighbors. And of course the design must preserve the craftsman bungalow aesthetic.
A winning proposal will deliver 2-4 exterior views - especially a street view - that convey the charm and beauty of a rehabilitated and tastefully expanded historic bungalow. Concepts should display shingled siding using a color palette of choice for shingles and trim - noting that the neighborhood is filled with multicolored soft pastels. If the design satisfies the historic preservation commission, then we will have follow-on work to design the interior layouts.