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The 1784 historic plantation house has twin Georgian entry porches and a one-room-deep linear plan typical of Virginia Tidewater homes.

Restoration/Renovation of and Addition to Historic Vaucluse, Machipongo, Va.

Restoration/Renovation of and Addition to Historic Vaucluse, Machipongo, Va.

  • The 1784 historic plantation house has twin Georgian entry porches and a one-room-deep linear plan typical of Virginia Tidewater homes.

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    The 1784 historic plantation house has twin Georgian entry porches and a one-room-deep linear plan typical of Virginia Tidewater homes.

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    Erik Kvalsvik

    The 1784 historic plantation house has twin Georgian entry porches and a one-room-deep linear plan typical of Virginia Tidewater homes.

  • New porches on the back of the house mirror the existing entry porches. The restoration included a one-story kitchen addition and a breakfast bay designed as an enclosed porch.

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    New porches on the back of the house mirror the existing entry porches. The restoration included a one-story kitchen addition and a breakfast bay designed as an enclosed porch.

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    Erik Kvalsvik

    New porches on the back of the house mirror the existing entry porches. The restoration included a one-story kitchen addition and a breakfast bay designed as an enclosed porch.

  • View across the new rear porches to the breakfast room.

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    View across the new rear porches to the breakfast room.

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    View across the new rear porches to the breakfast room.

  • View from the new breakfast room to the porches.

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    View from the new breakfast room to the porches.

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    View from the new breakfast room to the porches.

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    The new kitchen, with its brick floor, recalls the forms and materials of the existing house.

  • The single-story kitchen, connected by a hyphen, makes perfectly clear where the historic house ends and the new part begins.

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    The single-story kitchen, connected by a hyphen, makes perfectly clear where the historic house ends and the new part begins.

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    The single-story kitchen, connected by a hyphen, makes perfectly clear where the historic house ends and the new part begins.

  • View through the pantry to the dining room.

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    View through the pantry to the dining room.

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    View through the pantry to the dining room.

  • Muse Architects refurbished the dilapidated dock house. Used as a sitting room on the pier, its also an evocative view from the house.

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    Muse Architects refurbished the dilapidated dock house. Used as a sitting room on the pier, its also an evocative view from the house.

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    Erik Kvalsvik

    Muse Architects refurbished the dilapidated dock house. Used as a sitting room on the pier, it’s also an evocative view from the house.

restoration/renovation of and addition to historic vaucluse, machipongo, va.
muse architects
bethesda, md.

Stephen Muse, FAIA, liked this historic house from the get-go. “It had to do with the simplicity of the floor plan, compared to the way houses are built today, when things are so convoluted and you have to walk through galleries to get places,” he says. “It’s something all of us should think about more.”

After clearing away the bad additions on the eastern end of the plantation house, Muse created a hyphen that connects to a one-story structure containing a new kitchen. Its attached breakfast room, which faces the water, is designed as an enclosed porch and echoes the twin Georgian entry porches, which Muse replicated on the waterfront side. A judge called it “a very sensitive restoration of this kind of housing. It could have gone off-track in a lot of ways, but it didn’t.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Stephen Muse, FAIA, Muse Architects; general contractor: Tim Maloney, Lansdowne, Pa.; structural engineer: Wayne C. Bryan, Ehlert/Bryan, McLean, Va.; project size: Withheld; site size: Withheld; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Erik Kvalsvik.


product details

bathroom fittings: Waterworks, www.waterworks.com; bathroom fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com, Porcher, www.porcher-us.com; dishwasher: Bosch, www.bosch.us; hardware: Baldwin, www.baldwinhardware.com; hvac equipment: Bryant, www.bryant.com, Aprilaire, www.aprilaire.com; insulation: Icynene, www.icynene.com; kitchen fittings: Rohl, www.rohlhome.com; kitchen fixtures: Waterworks, www.waterworks.com; lighting fixtures: Lightolier, www.lightolier.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; range: Viking, www.vikingrange.com; refrigerator: Kitchen Aid, www.kitchenaid.com; windows: LePage, www.lepagemillwork.com