By Carolyn Weber. Upon seeing architect Steven Muse's sketches for an addition to their 1930s brick colonial, the clients remarked that the multi-gable design was very similar to their ancestral home in South Carolina. After they gave Muse photographs of the home, he developed a new facade to honor the historic house and reduce the scale of the two-story addition.

The resulting plan is nicely resolved, adding a new kitchen, family room, powder room, butler's pantry, and garage. The new section is stylistically compatible with the existing structure, opens up the home to the new porch and garden, and adds a clever juncture between the gables. A subtly pitched hip roof on the adjacent garage complements rather than dwarfs the structure.

Photo: Lautman Photography

Category: Addition, Renovation, or Whole House Makeover; Entrant/Architect: Muse Architects, Washington; Builder: McNamara Brothers, Silver Spring, Md.; Landscape Architect: Nature By Design, Annapolis, Md.