THE HURLEYS WANTED TO end the practice of
guests often coming into their house through the
garage, so they began to rethink their front entrance.
;e steps on the front stoop were too steep and in need
of repair and the lighting was poor, so it seemed like a
good time for an exterior facelift.
A portico with a copper roof was constructed, and
a custom-made glass door was installed to draw focus
to the central entry. A brick and flagstone walkway was
built from the driveway, and another from the street up
the center of the yard. Both pathways met and formed a
circle. Lighting and bushes were added along each side
of the central pathway from the street. “Landscaping
was a way to formalize the entrance,” Wilder says. “;e
hedge gives you a nice straight line, and the circle in
the center softens it.”
New railings on either side of the steps leading up
to the house flare toward the bottom to open up and
convey a welcoming feel, says Maria Fanjul, an archi-
tect on the project. “We added big volume to the front,
but it looks like it belongs to the house; it doesn’t look
like it was added,” she says.
;e design team had recommended painting the
exterior brick surface. Bob was initially against the
idea; Cindy was open to it. After seeing a mock-up
of the painted house, the Hurleys agreed to turn the
orangey brick to o;-white. With a shift in the interior
design and furnishings from dark wood to a lighter,
textured feel, Bob says it made sense to lighten up the
exterior to match.
;e new look is a hit with neighbors and passersby,
some of whom slow down to take in the house’s new
appearance and even knock on the door to ask about
the color (Benjamin Moore’s Seattle Mist).
Overall, the Hurleys say the projects went smoothly.
;ey learned a lot about materials and the renovation
process, and they developed a good rapport with the
team. Carpenter George Noble was on-site every day
and became like family, Cindy says. In 2015, the Hurleys even named their new Maine coon kitten after
him. With their Potomac home complete, the Hurleys
have hired Wilder to consult with them on a second
home they are building on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
in St. Michaels. ■
Caralee Adams is a freelance writer in Bethesda.
The Hurleys opted to
paint the house’s brick
off-white to match
the lighter look of
the home’s interior. A
portico was constructed
with steps that are easy
to access. A walkway
from the front door to
the street was softened
with a circle pathway
hedges. One path off
the circle leads to the
AN OPEN DOOR