The Rushing residence is a beautifully preserved Sears house in the Maywood Neighborhood Historic District in Arlington. Believed to be the “Wilmore” model, the house was described in the Sears catalog as a “five room bungalow-type design, probably the most popular of all American homes. Harmonious gables, batten shutters, circle-head door and attractive grouping of windows show English influence, but the interior is typically modern American.”

With a small footprint and diminutively-sized rooms, the design challenge was to provide an addition that preserved the original features of the Sears house, but at the same time implemented a new kitchen, living room, bedrooms and baths that meet the needs of the current residents.

LAB adopted a series of storybook house forms, including a covered porch, curved roofs, diamond-pattern windows and railings, board and batten siding, and steeply pitched gable roofs and assembled these in a composition that is in keeping with the scale and character of the original house. We were able to more than double the livable footprint of the house, with minimal visual indication of the size of the addition from the street. A step-down to the new living room provided a vertical section to the addition that does not protrude above the mass of the existing house.