February 10, 2014 Charles Goodman, Cook Architecture

Modern Snapshot: Renovated Goodman Prefab in Herndon

901 Vine Street

I did not get to this post fast enough. This Cook Architecture-designed renovated Goodman prefab in Herndon has rented but I wanted to highlight the renovation and Goodman’s prefab homes.

In addition to designing homes for local developers who built signature “Goodman” communities such as Hollin Hills, River Park, Hickory Cluster, Rock Creek Woods and Hammond Wood among others, Charles Goodman also served as an architect for Lafayette, Ind.-based National Homes, which was the country’s largest prefab home manufacturer. Goodman served as a consulting architect to National Homes for five years beginning in 1953. One of the local National Homes communities is Herndon Woods in Herndon, Va.

Owners Jason and Kristina Elliott hired architect Michael Cook to expand and reimagine the space of this Goodman mid-century ranch. On a modest budget, Cook designed a new trapezoidal addition with rising roof plane that covers the new living room and master bedroom, including renovated master bathroom. A classic California mid-century modern-style post-and-beam structural system supports the new roof to give the once small constricted space a lofty feel. (Just 160 square feet was added to the original 1,600 square-foot house.)  Project materials include vertical grain Douglas fir siding, inexpensive pre-finished birch plywood and commercial grade window/sliding door systems.

For the photos by Ulf Wallin, sourcing was done by Modern 50 and styling by ID 20/21.

The painted cement board panels seen below are an homage to Eero Saarinen’s Case Study House #9.

A central “storage island” triples as a room divider, a closet and an art display wall.

The original fireplace with new brick to match the raised roof line is visible from the master bedroom and living room.

The renovated master bathroom.

 The exterior has a California vibe with the flat-roof car port, horizontal privacy fence and painted T-111 siding.

Here are few cool ads from the 1950s promoting Goodman’s National Homes. This ad is headlined “Beauty…Quality…Low Cost!” and pitches an air conditioned house for just $500 extra. This ad promotes Goodman’s “Ranger” series of homes and has a picture of Goodman at the bottom with the moniker of “world-famous architect.”