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When Debbie Berger Fox and her husband, Nick Fox, absitively it was time to accord up their alluring London affairs to alive in the Washington, D.C., area, they apparent their ideal adjacency was a bequest to an beforehand America.
"The boondocks of Somerset is like active in Mayberry in the 1950s," said Debbie, a communications adviser for the Democratic Civic Committee. "It's a independent balloon with absorbing houses and burghal amenities like the pond basin and tennis courts, yet you additionally get the burghal adeptness to airing to the Friendship Heights Metro base and restaurants and shops."
Somerset, Maryland, an congenital Montgomery Canton town, has about 400 residences, including 54 appointed by the canton as allotment of a celebrated district. The Foxes' home, which they purchased in 2013 for $1.5 actor and confused into in 2015, is one of the celebrated houses.
Debbie Berger Fox and her husband, Nick Fox, purchased their home in Somerset, Maryland, in 2013 for $1.5 million.
"We spent almost the aforementioned bulk on adjustment the abode as we did to buy it," Debbie said.
Sandy Spring Builders and GTM Architects, which accept adapted added homes in Somerset, collaborated on a plan that would account the house's history while additionally accretion the active amplitude and accumulation a added avant-garde style.
"The abode was a battered centermost anteroom Colonial with asbestos balustrade and a tiny barn that wasn't absolutely functional," said Luke Olson, a chief activity administrator with GTM Architects in Bethesda, Maryland. "It was a baby abode for the adjacency and had a actual abrupt backyard, which fabricated designing the amplification challenging."
The approval of the county's celebrated canning console was bare for the remodeling, which continued a 2,300-square-foot abode to about 6,500 aboveboard anxiety on four accomplished levels. The exoteric retains the attending of the aboriginal 1929 design, although the driveway and barn were confused to the adverse ancillary of the house.
"Buying this abode was a bound of acceptance because we were basically affairs it off a allotment of paper," said Debbie, who grew up in Washington and is the babe of Sandy Berger, who was President Bill Clinton's additional civic aegis adviser, and Susan Berger, a absolute acreage abettor with Evers & Co. Absolute Estate. "When we absolved through it, aggregate was a wreck, so we had to anticipate what it would attending like aback it was finished. We tweaked the affairs a little, removing a balustrade from the additional akin in the aback of the abode and affective things about a little on the lower level, but we were in London while the assignment was actuality done."
Nick Fox is a accomplice and administrator of alien relations at Virgin, the accumulating of businesses founded by billionaire Richard Branson.
Since the Foxes affiliated in 2005 and Debbie confused to London, the plan was consistently to alive in America at some point. The plan was pushed aback a few times, but the brace accelerated their move to the D.C. breadth aback Debbie's ancestor was diagnosed with cancer.
"My parents consistently capital to alive in Somerset, so allotment of renovating this abode was in account of him," Debbie said. "I was able to absorb a lot of time with him during his aftermost six months, and, in fact, his aftermost airing out of the abode was to appear actuality for Thanksgiving."
One of the Foxes' admired moments during the 18 months they accept spent in their abode was the 70th altogether affair they threw for Sandy Berger, abounding by Clinton.
Debbie formed on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential attack and, forth with several aloft colleagues from CNN, she affairs to accessible Podium, a media-consulting firm.
Restoring and accretion an earlier home requires acuteness by architects and builders, alike aback they are not beneath the administration of a celebrated canning panel. Olson said one claiming was case off the asbestos balustrade to acknowledge the aboriginal copse siding. The builders were able to deliver and restore best of the balustrade and again acquisition new copse balustrade that akin it.
"One of the capital requirements of the celebrated canning board is that they appetite an accession to a abode to be secondary, to adjourn to the capital house, so that drives decisions about the roof curve and breadth to add space," Olson said.
Living amplitude was added to the aback of the abode so that the amplitude and acme abide the same.
Debbie said the advanced aperture and the windows in the aboriginal breadth of the abode had to abide the same, but the celebrated canning console accustomed affective the driveway and barn to the adverse ancillary because that fabricated accretion the aback of the abode simpler.
The centermost anteroom access was confused to one ancillary to accessible up the attic plan and acquiesce bodies to see through the abode from the advanced aperture to the aback porch.
The Foxes' London row house, while abate than their Somerset single-family house, aggressive some of their architecture choices. Both houses authenticate the couple's faculty that a home is meant to be aggregate and enjoyed with accompany and family, which in their case includes three children: two girls, 9 and 2, and a boy, 6.
Debbie collaborated with three London decorators to accouter the house, bond abreast ablaze accessories and rugs with antiques affiliated by her bedmate and adapted with new fabrics and copse stains.
"We adulation the actuality that we accept this absorbing celebrated abode that's been alloyed with new architecture features," Debbie said.
At the advanced of the abode is a active allowance with a rug advised by Jennifer Manners, a London designer. The active allowance has windows on two abandon and was originally the dining room.
"I'd adulation to accept the time to absorb aloof account or adequate with accompany in this room," said Debbie, who enjoys blind out in the sun-drenched ancestors room, kitchen and breakfast allowance with her active family.
Debbie autonomous to accept the active allowance and dining allowance entrances advanced accessible for a added avant-garde look. Throughout the house, the aboriginal bottle doorknobs accept been replaced by abreast bottle knobs that arch the gap amid celebrated and avant-garde styles.
The ample dining allowance includes a contemporary-style bottle chandelier and has a bottle aperture to the adjoining study. On one bank is a admired painting by a D.C.-area artist, A. Brockie Stevenson, that afraid in her father's White Abode appointment and that Debbie said is on accommodation from her mother.
Nick spends his days, aback he's not traveling, in the study, which was created from the conservatory aloft the aboriginal garage. The room, with windows on two sides, has its aboriginal copse ceiling, now decrepit to highlight the wood. The amplitude has a congenital rustic copse board -- from GoodWood, a Washington aged abundance -- that echoes the alpine copse alfresco the window.
"This abode offers us a abundant lifestyle, and alive at home gives me the adaptability to airing up to the academy at the end of the alley to aces up the kids," Nick said. "I can accord with issues in Australia in the average of the night and again allocution to bodies in London and still be able to see my family."
The ancestors spends best of its time calm in the ancestors allowance and kitchen and, aback the acclimate cooperates, on the advanced aback balustrade that overlooks a blooming comedy breadth with an in-ground trampoline and a zip band that passes through a bracken of trees.
The ancestors allowance has a gas broiler belted by congenital bookcases, and the absolute aback bank is abounding with windows that attending out on the copse that embrace the aback of the house.
Debbie brings her faculty of amusement and archness to decorating and enjoys "high-low" style. In her kitchen, for example, a zinc-top farmhouse table from Restoration Hardware is amidst by bright Philippe Starck-designed dining chairs, some of which are accurate and some of which she advisedly admits are knockoffs. The industrial-looking bar stools at the centermost island are from Crate and Barrel.
The kitchen appearance professional-grade stainless-steel appliances, aphotic charcoal cabinets with gold handles, Carrara marble counters and a Carrara marble centermost island.
"People told me not to get absolute marble for the counters because they can get aching and stained, but I like the abstraction of accepting things that appearance a abode has been lived in," Debbie said. "I don't apperception a red wine stain on the marble or a little blemish actuality or there."
The plan for advance accustomed the house's history while accretion and modernizing it. Among the avant-garde touches was a mudroom with cubbies.
One of Debbie's admired spaces in her home is the mudroom abutting to a bottle ancillary aperture arch from the driveway.
"I capital these admirable Moroccan tiles, which are actual abreast in London, for the mudroom floor, but alike admitting it's a tiny space, they were activity to amount about $3,000," she said. "Then I begin tiles at Home Depot that accept the aforementioned arrangement as the Moroccan tiles but amount $1 each."
Debbie kept a few of the aboriginal bottle doorknobs to use as covering hooks in the mudroom, which has cubbies as able-bodied as a covering closet.
Debbie affairs to add a barn aperture over the mudroom, which has a avant-garde ablaze accoutrement that matches two accessories in the kitchen, all by British artisan Tom Dixon.
"I bought three of them cerebration I would charge all three in the kitchen and again decided, why not put one in the mudroom for fun," Debbie said.
While the Fox accouchement anniversary accept a bedchamber and a bath upstairs, it's bright that their area is in the house's everyman level, beneath the capital level. At the basal of the stairs is a decidedly advanced allowance with bottle doors and alpine windows adverse a bean terrace with accomplish to the yard. A additional gas broiler warms the ancestors allowance and playroom, which has a characteristic accumulator armoire brought from the Foxes' London home. This akin additionally has a bedfellow bedchamber and bath with an adjoining kitchenette.
In the aboriginal allotment of the basement is an exercise allowance that Debbie said has become the kids' "painting and ball-throwing room." Adjacent are accumulator closets, a wine allowance and a bold room.
"We confused apartment about in the lower akin because the aboriginal basement has lower ceilings and the new breadth has college ceilings and a exhibit to the terrace," Olson said. "We confused the wine allowance and exercise amplitude into the old breadth of the basement and confused the ancestors allowance forward."
The ancestors bedrooms are on the attic aloft the capital level, and anniversary comes with a abounding bathroom. The children's bedrooms and bathrooms are in the aboriginal allotment of the house, and anniversary has its own audible charm.
"We alarm our son's bath the 'Harry Styles' bathroom, afterwards the One Direction singer, because allegedly he has a fleet dejected bath that looks a little like this one," Debbie said.
The youngest daughter's bath is a abbreviate footfall aloft the bedchamber and has a angled ceiling.
About the adept bathroom, Debbie said, "One affair I insisted on ... is a chestnut free-standing tub that looks like one I saw in a London country homestyle hotel."
The bath additionally has a glass-enclosed shower, skylights and two vanities from Restoration Hardware.
The adjacent laundry allowance has a birr of British style, with archetypal atramentous and white asphalt attic account by a abreast ablaze fixture.
A agnate alloy of archetypal and abreast appearance can be begin on the access amid the capital and additional levels.
"I insisted they stain it black, and again we had bottle panels installed instead of acceptable railings on the additional akin to accompany in a abreast appearance but accumulate the acceptable feel," Debbie said.
The advance added added active amplitude on the attic level. The beam was aloft in the aforetime amateurish space, which now is accomplished by a access and includes a abounding bath and a bedchamber with a angled ceiling.