Home, Reimagined

A Potomac couple has given new life to their 1970s-era home

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Cindy and Bob Hurley’s old home had a lot of doors. In their reimagined home, they opted for open spaces and natural light from the kitchen to the dining and family rooms. Photo by Michael Ventura. 


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. 

The 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. The 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. “Then 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 officer at EJF Capital in Arlington, Virginia.

The Hurleys began working with Anthony Wilder Design/Build, an architecture, design and construction firm based in Cabin John. The first phase, in 2014, focused on the interior—renovating the kitchen and opening up the dining room and family room. The 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. The 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 expectations.

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