All posts by Jackie Braitman

I'm the owner and principal of Braitman Design/Build. We remodel older homes within the urban and close-in suburban areas of Washington, DC. In addition to our full service Design/Build Practice We welcome small design projects and small home improvement projects. And consult with homeowners across the country who want to design and manage the remodeling process themselves. Finally, my work is informed by my experience as an exhibiting sculptor and designer. I truly work at the intersection of art, architecture and design. Please see for yourself the extraordinary result when architecture, design and art are seamless parts of the whole. Please also visit my sculpture website: www.jackiebraitman.com
Combined Family / Dining Room

Making Room for Baby

My clients live in a 1930’s brick story and a-half cottage in Takoma Park, MD. The 2 bedrooms upstairs and small compartmentalized rooms on the first floor just weren’t working once they added their second child. They came to me thinking they needed an addition but their budget just wasn’t enough to make that happen. They didn’t really need more space . . . just reconfigured space!

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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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