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

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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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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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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