A Potomac couple has given new life
to their 1970s-era home
BY CARALEE ADAMS
ONCE THEIR THREE CHILDREN were grown and college tuition was
behind them, Cindy and Bob Hurley looked closely at the colonial where
they had lived for nearly 20 years and wondered what to do next.
;e Potomac couple had considered moving to Georgetown, where
they could walk to restaurants, but decided the hassle of parking and city
life wasn’t for them. ;e Hurleys have good friends in their River Falls
neighborhood and like having space to entertain. So they decided to stay
put and update their 1970s-era home, which was getting tired and in need
of some repairs.
At first, they looked at what was wrong with their house and took a
“Band-Aid approach,” fixing up the basement in 2012 and an upstairs
master bedroom and bath in 2013. “;en we thought, why not do this
holistically, look at everything and have the same company do it all so
that you got continuity,” says Bob, the chief financial o;cer at EJF Capital
in Arlington, Virginia.
;e Hurleys began working with Anthony Wilder Design/Build, an
architecture, design and construction firm based in Cabin John. ;e
first phase, in 2014, focused on the interior—renovating the kitchen and
opening up the dining room and family room. ;e second phase in the
following year created outdoor living space in the backyard, transformed
the front entrance and included renovations of the upstairs bathrooms.
“When they thoughtfully listened to how we live our life and how we
would like to live our life, the world kind of opened up a bit,” Cindy says.
;e energy and ideas of Anthony Wilder’s team helped the Hurleys begin
to envision using their house and yard in new ways that exceeded their