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!
We opened up this 1930’s brick semi-detached home in Washington, DC. We turned the small cramped rooms into a light-filled, open-plan space that still retains intimacy and original details.
This was an old 5ft x 7ft 1930’s bath. A previous remodel had enclosed an old sleeping porch. For this remodel, we changed the old window into a passageway and expanded the bath to include a large vanity, storage, and European-style wet room containing a shower and soaking tub.
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…
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…
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.
A reconfigured driveway with parking pad, turn-around, stairs, lighting and handrails improves the safety and appearance of a 1940’s home on a busy street.
This combined powder room, guest bath and laundry was a compromise for our client — as are so many remodeling choices. The combined space, though, actually succeeds graciously to fulfill all its functions.
Industrial finishes allowed us to keep this extensive remodel within our client’s modest budget.
This new hall bath was built in the location that previously housed a small galley kitchen in a 1950’s post-WWII brick rambler.