My client needed a comfortable place to congregate with friends and family — a place connected to her kitchen and the back yard. We made it happen with this 20 ft by 16 ft sunroom connected to the original home through a previously enclosed back porch. The space has enough original elements to feel like it was always there. A large deck and screened area provide 2 additional outdoor rooms. All the outdoor rooms have “ceilings” and ceiling fans to create intimacy and mosquito control.
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…
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.…
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.
This dining pavilion makes great use of a side yard. The artful design provides a sense of enclosure as well as actual privacy from close neighbors and from the street. The water feature attracts a parade of wildlife to the yard.
My client lives in what started out as a small 1940’s colonial in Silver Spring, MD. Like all modest houses of it’s era it had small rooms separated from each other including a small galley kitchen and no foyer — the front door led right into the living room. The indoors were completely cut off from the outdoors with relatively small windows in the brick exterior. But the house had one very major advantage going for it — the corner lot was continuous with a…
Read About the Transition of This Kitchen in a 1950’s Brick Rambler
Read about the conversion of this post-WWII brick rambler into a Salon for creative people to meet. All Remodeling was done within the existing footprint including a new kitchen, hall bath, and master suite.
Selecting Exterior Colors for a 1920’s Bungalow in a Neighborhood that welcomes the quirky and unusual.
We added a mere 70 square feet to this 1930’s Tudor revival but dramatically increased the livable space and its connection to the outside.