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Jennifer & Alicia’s Home

Cabin John Gardens, Cabin John, MD

A growing family required us to bring new life to a ‘temporary’ home.


One of the original 100 ‘temporary’ homes built by the Federal Government in the early days of World War II to house workers at the Navy’s David Taylor Model Basin, this small single-story residence was completely renovated inside and out and expanded by a new second story and attic loft addition.


The freestanding stone fireplace anchors and defines the various social spaces.


Constrained by the existing footprint of the home, but desiring a space that was more conducive to entertaining, the bedrooms were moved to the new second floor and the interior was then opened up for an expanded living area. A private entry foyer was created at the front of the home, and the social spaces were relocated to the rear wall which was opened up to the backyard beyond.

Project Team

Carib Daniel Martin A+D

McFarland Woods

Soil & Structure

Exterior Photography
Carib Daniel Martin

Interior Photography
Katherine Ma

Carefully placed windows provide a sense of openness and light within a compact lot.


The new second floor addition allowed for a more gracious primary bedroom suite as well a child’s bedroom and guest room, pulling double duty as a home office. The perimeter of the rooms are banded in windows creating a tree-house feel. To top off the home, a play space and private guest suite were added within the gabled roof structure.

Throughout the entire process their approach provided us with a great deal of comfort and confidence as we made difficult decisions. Once complete, it was better than we ever could have imagined.

— Jennifer & Alicia