My clients live in a 1930’s brick story and a-half cottage. The 2 bedrooms upstairs and small compartmentalized rooms on the first floor just weren’t working once they added their second child.
Tag: Modernizing Older Homes
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.
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 […]
My client’s 30-year old kitchen and adjacent laundry room were tired and falling apart. They wanted an ultra modern kitchen but with a touch of warmth.
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 combined powder room, guest bath and laundry was a compromise for our client — as are so many remodeling choices. The combined space, though, actually succeeds graciously to fulfill all its functions.
Opening up an historic bungalow to abundant natural light and tree house views makes this small house work for a family of four.