Life was different in the 19th century. The formal rooms of Georgetown row houses faced the street, while the rear sections were closed off, reserved for the kitchen, pantry and other service areas. That meant only the servants could enjoy the green space out back. When our client purchased this row house on one of Georgetown’s most elegant streets over a century later, we needed to bring it into a new age.

Working with its original bones, we honored the client’s request for a dramatic, light-filled abode that comfortably accommodates his family and highlights an impressive art collection. Our approach was to open up the interior, keeping the grand proportions of the old formal rooms, and redo the original rear wing and a later addition, thereby connecting the whole house with views and use of the garden.

The first thing to go was the steep, sagging staircase. It blocked access to the garden views and the space that would become an open kitchen and living area. In its place, we installed an open staircase with a steel frame and American walnut risers; the juxtaposition of this modern stair against the original brick walls gives this classic row house a distinctly modern edge. It gets even better as the stair reaches the top; we removed the second floor from an earlier addition behind the stair hall to create a “lantern” that floods the area with natural light. The stair now curves up into this airy, light-filled landing, flying free from the brick wall as it reaches the second level.

Next, we removed old, wobbly floors and installed new, level walnut floors throughout. We also designed a new kitchen and powder room downstairs. We remodeled the library with paneling and coffers—a reference to the seafaring owner’s love of yacht interiors, which showcase natural woods and a tight, efficient design. The result of all these endeavors is a bright, contemporary space that reveals the home’s rustic framework and resurrects its decorative details.

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Awards:

Custom Home Watermark Awards - 2010

In the Press:

Moving on Up
Home Trends, April 2012

Georgetown Bath: This Vanity Does Double Duty in a Small Space
Builder Magazine, May 2010

Crafted Elegance
Home & Design, July/August 2009

select below to viewRecognition

Awards:

Custom Home Watermark Awards - 2010

In the Press:

Moving on Up
Home Trends, April 2012

Georgetown Bath: This Vanity Does Double Duty in a Small Space
Builder Magazine, May 2010

Crafted Elegance
Home & Design, July/August 2009

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