Bungalow transforms into luxury home


Builder, renovate thyself, could well have been Paulo Oliveiras motto. Three years ago, he called on his years of experience as owner of P. Oliveira Construction to remake his own 75-year-old Dey Ray bungalow into a stylish three-story craftsman home. It is now listed for sale at $1,149,000 with Paul Anderson at McEnearney Associates. Call 703-549-9292.

The builder faithfully followed the true craftsman tradition, adding a steep roof rising above the square structure and its welcoming pillared front porch. White pillars and moldings accent the cream-colored exterior, combining the classic style with a fresh, modern appeal. The owner also transformed the front bedroom into an entrance foyer, with gleaming hardwood floors that continue throughout the first and second floors. The original woodwork was left in place throughout the house, adding to the charm.

The foyer overlooks the living room. Pillars frame the dining area, which features glass doors leading to the deck. Beyond the dining area, the modern kitchen boasts granite counters, cherry cabinets and stainless-steel appliances.

The breakfast bar stands between the new kitchen and the rear family room, which boasts a full-length brick-and-stone fireplace. Glass doors lead to the side deck adjoining the front porch. Behind the foyer, a private area is devoted to a bedroom and bath, with its period clawfood tub.

The master suite occupies the rear half of the second floor, with the walk-in closet and master bath framing the bedroom. A corner tub, separate shower and dual-sink vanity appear in the master bath. The bedroom boasts a brick fireplace beside dramatic slanted ceilings and a wall of windows providing an expansive view. Three other bedrooms and an office share an additional bath.

The carpeted lower level features another stone fireplace in the recreation area, a bedroom and full bath and an outside entrance and walkout stairs.

The driveway provides parking, and the home is located less than one mile from the Braddock Metro station.

The schools are Jefferson-Houston Elementary, George Washington Middle and T.C. Williams High.