The renovation of this 1904 townhouse focused primarily on the main floor - living, dining, & kitchen - and was based on 3 simple ideas: Remove the partitions that divide the rooms, establish a dialog between the new and existing and develop a formal language that emerges from the original.
The stair/entry hall, the original main public space, became, over time, more ritual than real program. The original kitchen, a small dark room at the rear at the rear of the house, was oriented more to the back alley than the living and dining areas. We removed walls, opening up the plan from the stair hall to the rear of the house. Then, by moving the kitchen to the party-wall side of the house, we were able to free up the exterior walls and allowing for the introduction of large expanses of glass and the resulting abundant natural light. The stair-hall became the dining room, transforming this space into a room of everyday use.
Awards & Publications
2012 Washingtonian/ AIA DC;
Residential Architecture Award
Architecture DC, Summer 2012, "Twenty-First-Century Vibe for Old Rowhouses" by Denise Liebowitz
Washingtonian Magazine, June 2012, "Stunning Spaces" by Mary Clare Glover