Tag Archives: Modernizing Older Homes

Combined Family / Dining Room

Making Room for Baby

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!

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Garden Bungalow

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…

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Bright, Modern Kitchen

Modern Kitchen & Laundry Remodel

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…

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Opening Up a 1930’s Cape Code

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.

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