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A 1929 craftsman bungalow gets beautifully reimagined in Washington DC

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This 1929 craftsman bungalow was completely transformed for family living by EL Studio, located in the Kent neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The homeowners lived in the neighborhood for some time and had always admired the modest craftsman bungalow, which was one block from their daughter’s school. Still, after the homeowners purchased the home they thought, “why did we buy this house?”

The home was laboring beneath several insensitive and over-scaled expansions that had eradicated much of its original charm. For this decidedly modern and energetic young family of five (plus a dog) who love to be with each other and friends, the location was right, the size was right, but the house as it was, was all wrong!

This home was completed in November 2021. Eric Carter is an executive at Axiom Legal and his wife, Lauren Herrington, does freelance research in animal agriculture.

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The interior was carved into small, confined rooms that felt isolated from one another. Extraneous and historically incompatible detailing intensified the feeling of confinement.

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With the help of DC-based architecture firm EL Studio, they produced a renovation program that was an exercise in editing and refining. First, they subtracted the front dormers and porch infill that overwhelmed the original structure to present a more open and genial facade to the street and visiting neighbors.

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Next, they added a large, open kitchen and dining space by infilling a dark rear-screen porch. Lastly, they smoothed out the architectural surfaces both inside and out and expanded the apertures to the garden to let space cascade gracefully from the porch to the pool.

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The finished result is a home built for gathering with family and friends in settings that range from warm and cozy to open and expansive. There is a space for all, and it fits just right.

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The kitchen, pantry, bar, and owner’s bath vanity are all by HenryBuilt. The finishes include stained walnut, blackened steel, and paper stone countertops. In addition, the island countertop is Corian, sink, and faucets are Blanco. Most of the tile is from Mutina (through Stone Source) including the hall, powder room, shared, and owner’s baths. There are a few other lines carried by Stone Source mixed in a few locations. The owner’s bath vanity counter, sink, and custom door thresholds are Corian.

The owner’s bathroom and powder room faucets and fittings are Watermark. Other bath faucets and fittings are Hansgrohe. The powder room cast concrete sink is by Kast. Toilets are generally Toto. Tubs and shower receivers are Duravit. Secondary bath vanities are Ikea. Paints are by Farrow & Ball. Owner’s bedroom wall mural by Calico.

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What We Love: This craftsman bungalow provides a family with a completely refreshed new aesthetic and a wonderful indoor-outdoor vibe thanks to the large windows. An open concept kitchen and dining area allow for ease of flow when entertaining family and friends. Overall, we are loving how the floor plan went from compartmentalized into a bright and airy layout with a warm and welcoming atmosphere for family living.

Tell Us: What details in this renovation project do you find most inspiring? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in Washington DC: Mediterranean Revival home boasts drool-worthy interiors in Washington DC and A midcentury home gets a beautifully inspiring remodel in Washington DC.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Anice Hoachlander

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