Open concept living room and kitchen

Historic Home Renovation in Kalorama Heights, NW, DC

Client: Developer 

Services Provided: Architectural Design, Building Permits and Interior Design 

Contemporary Living in a Historic Home

Nestled in the distinguished neighborhood of Kalorama Heights in Washington, D.C., this historic row house has undergone a remarkable transformation to align with contemporary living standards and preferences. The original structure, characterized by its compartmentalized layout, was dimly lit and missed the opportunity to capture the picturesque views of Rock Creek Park at the rear. 

To meet the demands of the 21st-century homeowner, the first floor was reconfigured with an open-concept plan, seamlessly integrating the living room, dining area, and spacious kitchen. Large sliding doors were installed at the rear to flood the space with natural light and establish a strong visual connection with the outdoors. 

Open concept living room and kitchen

One of the key design transformations involved relocating the staircase to the left side of the house. This strategic move optimized the space distribution on the upper floors. The second floor features a versatile office/bedroom at the front, while the rear hosts a generous owner's suite complete with an expansive private bathroom, walk-in closet, a cozy gas fireplace, and a balcony to enjoy the stunning views. The second floor was reconfigured to accommodate two additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a convenient laundry room. On the top floor, a small seating area with a wet bar and a rooftop deck was designed to enjoy the views of Rock Creek Park. 

Timeless Interior Design Vision

Axis Architects provided interior design services for this project. The primary objective was to create a cohesive, sophisticated, and elegant style that resonated with the historical character of the building. This was achieved by incorporating warm, rich wood flooring throughout the house and complementing it with light and warm colored cabinetry, tiles, paint, and textured wallpaper, resulting in a clean, classic, and timeless look. 

To provide the finishing touches, paneled walls were designed along the stairs. The selection of brass lights and faucets was made to complete the design, aligning perfectly with the vision for this historic home. 

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