This Custom Addition and Home Renovation project in the vibrant neighborhood of Del Ray in Alexandria, VA was particularly special to us at Paradigm Homes, as it involved transforming a beloved family home that has been in the client’s family for nearly 50 years.

Alexandria, VA, is home to a rich history and distinctive architecture. Fortunately, Paradigm Homes knows how to renovate and remodel homes for modernity without compromising character. We ensure each project satisfies your unique needs and preferences while following budgetary constraints, city building codes, and other guidelines. The result is a home that not only stands out but also provides safety, comfort, and practicality

A Home with History

Emily and John, our clients, have a rich family history connected to this duplex. Originally purchased by John’s father when he moved to the U.S. in the 1970s, the home has seen generations grow and thrive within its walls. With two children of their own now, Emily and John envisioned a space that could accommodate their growing family and modern lifestyle.

The Original Structure

The home started as a modest 1,360 SF conditioned space with:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full Baths
  • No pantry
  • Combined kitchen and eat-in dining area
  • A rear deck that was falling apart
  • Water issues in the basement

Despite its charm and sentimental value, the home needed significant updates to meet the needs of a 21st-century family.

A collage of interior photos showing various rooms of a home before renovation. The images include: A narrow dining area with wooden floors and a small kitchen visible in the background. A living room with wooden paneling on the walls and a staircase leading upstairs. A close-up of the outdated kitchen featuring old cabinets and a white stove. A small bathroom with a bathtub, sink, and toilet, showing dated fixtures and tile. A bedroom with carpeted floors, a window, and a closet. A basement area with unfinished walls and floors, indicating potential for future improvementOur Vision: From Outdated to Outstanding

At Paradigm Homes, our mission is to turn visions into reality. We embarked on this project with a clear goal: To create a spacious, open concept living area that harmonizes with the family’s needs and retains the essence of the original home.

Overcoming Challenges

The project wasn’t without its hurdles. We had to work within Alexandria, VA, zoning regulations, integrate modern amenities while preserving the home’s historical charm, and ensure that every detail met the family’s specific needs. Our team’s expertise and dedication to quality craftsmanship made all the difference.

A collage of photos showcasing various stages of a home renovation project. The images include: Initial construction site with a dumpster and foundation work in progress. Exterior view of the home with new framing and sheathing being installed. Workers on-site applying exterior sheathing and framing walls. Interior framing showcasing the new layout and structural changes. Progress on the second level with sheathing and window installations. Interior view of framed rooms, highlighting new wall and ceiling structures. Bricklaying work being done on the exterior. Installation of new windows and insulation. Installation of new kitchen cabinets. Living area with protective coverings over floors and countertops. Rear exterior view showing progress on the back addition and new deck. Various stages of the kitchen remodel, including new cabinetry and appliances. Final stages of exterior finishing with siding and trim work.

The Transformation

After meticulous planning and collaboration with Emily and John, we expanded the home to an impressive 2,623 SF of conditioned space. Here’s what we achieved:


A photo showcasing the exterior of a renovated brick home. The facade has been updated with a fresh coat of light gray paint, and the entryway features a modern gray door with black hardware and a matching black light fixture. The front yard is neatly landscaped with green grass and a blooming pink azalea bush near the entrance. The walkway is paved with bricks, leading up to the front steps with black railings, giving the home a clean and inviting appearance


Added Space:

Increased from 1,360 SF to 2,623 SF of conditioned space.

Unconditioned added space: 321 SF for the new screened-in porch and deck.

New Layout and Features:

  • 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths
  • A large open-concept kitchen with a walk-in pantry.
  • A first-floor half bath.
  • A basement bedroom with egress.
  • Second-level laundry.
  • Second-level owner’s suite with privacy and two walk-in closets.
  • A mudroom.

A Modern Family Home

The finished home is a blend of modern design and functional living, ready to accommodate Emily and John’s family for generations to come. The new layout promotes connectedness with an open concept living area that flows seamlessly into the outdoor space, perfect for both intimate family moments and larger gatherings.

Key Features:

Spacious Interiors:

The large open-concept kitchen with an island is perfect for Emily, who loves to cook and entertain.

A collage of photos showcasing the interior of a newly renovated kitchen and living area. The images highlight: A spacious, modern kitchen with light wood cabinetry, a large central island with a white countertop, and black barstools. An open-concept living area connected to the kitchen, featuring built-in shelving, a modern fireplace, and hardwood flooring throughout. A close-up of the kitchen, showing stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, and sleek cabinetry with black hardware. A long view of the kitchen and hallway, emphasizing the open layout, pendant lighting over the island, and the continuity of design elements like the wood flooring and modern fixtures. The space is bright and airy, with ample natural light and a cohesive modern design.

Comfort and Functionality:

The owner’s suite offers a private retreat with ample space.

A bright and modern Owner's Suite featuring a cozy bedroom and an elegant bathroom. The bedroom showcases a comfortable bed with a quilted white bedspread, a light wood nightstand with a sleek lamp, and a large abstract painting above the headboard. A potted plant adds a touch of greenery, and natural light streams through the window, enhancing the airy feel. The adjoining bathroom boasts a double vanity with white countertops, light wood cabinetry, and arched mirrors. The spacious shower area is enclosed with glass and features stylish wood-textured tiles. Overall, the space combines simplicity with luxury, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere.

Enhanced Outdoor Living:

The new screened-in porch and deck provide additional living space, connecting the indoors with the outdoors.

A charming and inviting screened-in porch featuring a mix of contemporary and natural elements. The space includes a comfortable sofa with white cushions and stylish throw pillows in earthy tones and patterns. Two matching armchairs with cushioned seats and teal accent pillows add to the seating arrangement. A large, low wooden coffee table serves as the centerpiece, complementing the neutral woven rug beneath. The porch's wooden ceiling adds warmth and texture, while a ceiling fan ensures a cool breeze. Potted plants and a small side table with a decorative lamp enhance the cozy and relaxing ambiance, making it an ideal spot for outdoor relaxation.

This project is a testament to Paradigm Homes’ commitment to Excellence Every Step of the Way Home, innovation, and client satisfaction. We are proud to have transformed a piece of family history into a modern home that will serve the family for many years to come.

Ready to Start Your Alexandria, VA, Home Renovation?

If you’re searching for Home Renovation companies in Alexandria, VA, look to Paradigm Homes. Our team of experienced designers and builders work closely with Alexandria, VA, homeowners to design and build their dream homes. Kick off your home remodeling project with a one-on-one consultation at (703) 476-5877.