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.
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.
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.
The shape of this kitchen remodel was determined by 2 major – and unexpected – decisions: first, to NOT expand the footprint of the kitchen, and, second, to use bright red counters.
Opening up an historic bungalow to abundant natural light and tree house views makes this small house work for a family of four.
The big idea in this kitchen remodel was to open up the kitchen and breakfast room to the wonderful view that first sold them on the house.
Read About the Transition of This Kitchen in a 1950’s Brick Rambler