The small semi-detached home was opened up front to back. Framed openings help maintain the intimacy of the individual spaces and the traditional mood of the home. See “Before” picture from same viewpoint , at end.
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.
The open floor plan home features a centralized kitchen with eating bar. It works both for both intimate and larger gatherings.
Identically sized openings help the rooms read as both a single space as well as individual spaces. The bar area mixes cabinetry and stand-alone furniture that’s been built-in to function as a whole. Stained wood openings help maintain the original style of the 1930’s home.
We made up for the lack of a foyer with entry cabinets. There’s a place for coats, gloves, scarves, bags and the like. There’s also a built-in charging station and place for mail sorting.
The entry cabinets echo the mix of painted and wood stained trim found on the windows and doors and throughout the house.
The main kitchen is small but efficient and centrally located between the living and dining areas. A narrow, full-column refrigerator helps make the small space efficient.
Across from the eating counter is a second prep-area. It houses the coffee and breakfast station. Next to it is a very efficient shallow pantry closet. The backsplash material is Dekton — a hybrid product of quartz, porcelain and glass.
The 16″ deep shelves in the pantry closet hold everything from small appliances to cook books to foodstuffs.
The “bar” area houses a mix of integrated furniture, open shelving, cabinetry and freezer drawers. In the open area is an ottoman for excess seating. The open shelving is by Rakks. The backsplash is Dekton.
The custom banquette allows the seating area to expand and contract as-needed.
The final “opening” leads to the dining area and bar area. The multi-functional space works equally well for the couple, for entertaining and when their family expands at holidays and during the summer
The dining area overlooks the backyard
Before Picture (see first image for after)