Garden Bungalow

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9-ft ceilings and double-height transom windows provide abundant daylight and views into the garden
9-ft ceilings and double-height transom windows provide abundant daylight and views into the garden

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.

Garden Living
Custom cove lighting — built into the exposed beams — cast gentle, even illumination.

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 for books and for display.

The flooring is acid-stained concrete with embedded radiant heating.

The kitchen has a small sitting area and open shelving.
The kitchen has a small sitting area and open shelving.
Copper Backsplash
The Fridge is Hidden behind Steel Panels (next to the sink). The hood is mounted directly to the copper backsplash.
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The stained glass , steel, copper, aluminum, laminate counters and cherry cabinets form a warm, integrated palette.

The kitchen is a galley kitchen set a foot above the living area – under 8ft ceilings.  The kitchen counters are Formica laminate (Sequoia Soapstone), the cabinets are cherry, the backsplash is formed of copper panels with a custom patina.  The surrounding panels are mild steel.  The open shelving is aluminum shelving by Rakks.

Stained Glass Shutter
The stained glass is a shutter — providing privacy when needed but also providing easy access. It also reflects color and form on the adjacent copper
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The stairs are steel and wood. The oven is built into a cabinet under the stairs. Handy to the kitchen but also out of the main work area.
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The historic (non-tempered) windows required some type of guard because of the proximity to the stairs. We accomplished with with a custom steel guard. The steel stair stringer is finished off with beech treads and risers.
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Living here is like living in the garden.

Photos by Felicia Evans Photography.

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