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Garden Bungalow

This is my own home — a very old worker’s bungalow in historic Takoma Park.  The first floor is devoted exclusively to my sculpture studio.   A ground floor addition and basement remodel resulted in light-filled garden living. Exposed steel beams and columns marry beautifully with the more traditional elements in the windows and moldings. The living space is small — less than 12 x 12 — but feels much larger because of the views into the garden.  Aluminum shelving, by Rakks, provides both shelving…

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Light Sculpture

‘Avatar’ – Light Sculpture

Steel, glass marbles, Lexan tubes, and LED lighting assembled in a sculpture that embodies the magic and rhythm of a birch grove.  This is a concept piece with a single sculpture placed in a grove of 3 birch trees.  The artist seeks to develop a larger installation with 3 to 5 sculptural birches within a grove of 10 to 15 birch trees in hospitality or institutional settings.  The piece provides both day and night interest. This project took on two challenges:  First: to design a…

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Bright, Modern Kitchen

Modern Kitchen & Laundry Remodel

My client’s 30-year old kitchen and adjacent laundry room were tired and falling apart. They live in a neighborhood of relatively traditional homes in Bethesda, Maryland — a neighborhood close to Washington, DC. They wanted a complete re-do with something ultra modern but with a touch of warmth. After showing them several alternatives – 2 of which substantially changed the layout of the kitchen – they opted for a layout that was similar to their original layout but with appliances moved to more efficient locations…

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Pergola - Ready for an Evening Meal

Sculptural Landscape

Architectural designer and sculptor, Jackie Braitman, has created a sculptural dining pavilion at her own home to showcase the possibilities of marrying sculpture with landscape design in a modest residential setting.  [Photography by Roger Foley.] This installation creates an outdoor room that is at once dramatic and intimate – providing privacy from a very close neighbor without use of privacy fences or hedges. The powder-coated steel fins of the pergola – transparent from some angles — provide privacy from key sitting areas, inside and out.…

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No longer cramped, the enlarged dining area is a light-filled, space for family and friends.

Opening Up a 1930’s Cape Code

The typical small house built in the 1930’s — with small, cut-off rooms — creates the opportunity for a different type of “great room”. Instead of a single (too often sterile space), we create a “great room” composed of interconnected spaces that blur the lines between kitchen, living, dining and study. This type of opening-up with the existing footprint creates the ability to be together while still engaging in separate activities. It’s an inviting, nurturing type of family life.

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