Brad Mellor, one of the principals of Ponte Mellor Architects, Ltd. (PMA), wanted to add more room onto his 2,700 square foot California modern home in Vienna, VA. PMA designed a dramatically open, thoughtfully integrated addition that doubled the space of his home. The glorious new wing includes a glass-enclosed, two-story bedroom suite with a vaulted ceiling that crows their bedroom and spa bathroom on the main level and a yoga loft and home office on the second level.
The new wing, oriented 45 degrees to the rest of the 1961 house, skillfully maximizes garden and wood views. Blending beautifully with its environment, the home provides access from several places to a multilevel “outdoor room.” This inviting exterior area includes a striking granite water feature with an infinity pond and gourmet grill. PMA designed a ‘gallery’ to connect the original house to the addition. The outer windows of the gallery go right down to the stone which carries you right out onto the patio. This gallery also provides space to expand the dining room table for big family gatherings, it brings light deeper into the house, and leads to the lovely new wing. A seating/dressing area leads to the spacious walk-in closet, which connects to their bathroom. This leads to the bedroom, which includes a fireplace centered on a two-story glass wall.
PMA had a chance to try out things they normally do not have a chance to do including adding more wood in the bathroom than most people do to warm it up. They used cherry for the soffits, vanity areas, and built-in drawers. They also warmed up the room literally with heated floors. A dressing table in a nook of the bathroom is customized with an upper pullout shelf designed for manicures and a lower one for pedicures. Mellor’s home was featured in Washington Spaces Magazine in the Spring of 2007.