This house on the corner was originally an eye-sore in its neighborhood, beautifully transformed by Lawlor Architects in the heart of Washington DC. The residence had suffered from years of neglect both inside and out. The client’s (a couple who were expecting their first child) goal was to transform their newly purchased pad into a piece of architecture that fits in with its picturesque surroundings. The design team ran into a few stumbling blocks along the way, such as complex zoning, historical preservation, as well as structural, civil and mechanical engineering issues. The finished result shows very little of the original structure preserved except for the 20’s front exterior facade.
The renovation includes a spacious master bedroom suite with a walk-in glass shower and salvaged wood clad on the wall and ceiling around the bed. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath were added to the second floor. On the main level, a large living, dining and kitchen area with a banquette was added to the new two story side bay window. On the outside, a flagstone terrace at the back of the property ties in the newly built two-story carriage house. A 2,000 square foot, fully finished basement level includes a two bedroom in-law apartment, a wine cellar and exercise area as well as a bedroom and bath for the carriage house.
There is an abundance of unique design details throughout this home, including the use of exposed new interior brick, arched openings, custom light fixtures, geothermal, photovoltaics, custom cabinets, gas fireplaces and numerous other notable features making life on the corner a wonderful place to live and look out onto the world.
What We Love: There are several notable design details in this home, our favorites are the kitchen and the master bedroom. The exposed brick in the kitchen adds a nice feature wall, while wood clad on the wall and ceiling behind the bed adds warmth and visual appeal… the adorable dog on the bed doesn’t hurt with the overall aesthetic either! Readers, what are your thoughts on this Washington DC renovation, do you think the architects did an overall good job? Why or why not, let us know in the comments below.
Photos: Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography
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