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Our clients bought two adjacent rowhomes as investment properties, and we designed and completed a gut renovation of each property. Both homes have two units and near-identical floor plans, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit in the basement and a larger “primary” unit with 5 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths taking up the top three floors. This project includes a 3rd-floor addition and a rear addition across the back.

This gut remodel creates contemporary living on the bustling 13th street corridor in the sought-after Columbia Heights neighborhood. Light and airy finishes were used throughout.

The first floor has an open concept floor plan with a modern European-style kitchen, white oak hardwood flooring, and luxurious finishes. The clients selected all-electric appliances for greater energy efficiency. The waterfall edge quartz countertop kitchen island features an overhang with bar seating and a chef’s sink. The kitchen cabinets are soft-close with glossy white acrylic uppers and custom teak graining lowers. Large French doors lead from the kitchen to the private rear wood deck, enabling indoor-outdoor living.

The second and third floors have light and clean bathroom designs and spacious bedrooms with plenty of storage. The third floor includes a roof deck for 3-season use with tall trees providing shade for DC summer nights. There is ample natural lighting throughout each property, often a challenge in rowhomes.