May 23, 2019 Holmes Run Acres Virginia

My New Listing: Cook Architecture Renovation in Holmes Run Acres

Michael Cook, AIA, of award-winning Cook Architecture has transformed the original 2 bed/1 bath home into a 4 bed/2 bath 1,700 square-foot California-inspired mid-century modern space, including Heath tile and vintage lighting. Listed for $779K. I will be holding an Open House on Sunday, May 26 from 1 to 4 pm.

Originally designed by Francis Donald Lethbridge and Nicholas Satterlee, the home is located in the National Register of Historic Places-designated community of Holmes Run Acres inside the Beltway in Falls Church.

The house features all new plumbing, electrical, hot water heater, AC condenser, high-efficiency baseboard heating (in addition) and upgrades to the duct work. New solid ash wide-plank hardwood was installed throughout (with upgraded sub flooring). The front exterior of the house was rebuilt with new insulation and clad with charred wood (Japanese technique shou shugi ban) and decorated cement fiber board panels. The front door was relocated and new entranceway with porch and modernist portico created.


The expansive, open living-dining-kitchen area, which features the neighborhood’s signature wood beamed ceilings, opens to deck with modernist slat railings. The living room has the original brick wall fireplace and built in shelves and original cabinet.

The kitchen features a large island with quartz countertop, cantilevered bar area, stainless steel appliances, including integrated Thermador refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and range. Solid ash shelves and wood accent walls play off the Heath-tile back splash and modernist cabinetry.

The brand new master suite has a custom bathroom, including soaking tub, walk in shower and custom solid ash vanities with Blum hardware. Custom windows with high-end hinges were built for a number of the bedroom areas.

Sited on a .36 acre corner lot, the house features a variety of outdoor spaces including deck off the living room and secluded patios. A contiguous stone path was created to link all the outside areas. The power lines were buried to create a clean aesthetic. The house also has a driveway with carport.

Holmes Run Acres is a mid-century modern community of 355 houses. The community was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in December 2006, and on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2007. The community recreation association features three pools and other recreation activities. Luria Park is a community favorite. The house is located minutes to INOVA Fairfax Hospital and the Mosaic entertainment district.