“I am a remodeling nut,” admits Rick Ward, a retired Alexandria businessman. And, as the owner of 2215 Martha’s Road in Hollin Hills, Rick indulged that passion with an 18-month renovation that brought his 1957 home into the 21st century while retaining its original personality.
Rick and his wife, Ann, bought their first Hollin Hills home (on which Rick also did renovations) in 1990. The Hollin Hills community, designed by architect Charles Goodman, features mid-century modern homes with window walls that bring the outside in, a design that a
appeals to the couple. After they purchased the Martha’s Road house in 2006, they began a three-phase renovation adding modern amenities while keeping the original footprint and design sensibilities of the tri-level, 3,800 square-foot custom home.
Phase One was basic: Rewire the entire house. Phase Two required creative juices, as the couple, with Hollin Hills neighbor and architect Roger Miller, created a family room, guest bedroom, full bath, and laundry room from the unfinished, walkout lower level. On the second floor, the Wards reconfigured their bedrooms and baths, but kept parquet wood floors and some of the bath tiling intact.