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. Additionally, the main floor has a covered patio at the front entrance. 

The second and third floors have light and clean bathroom designs and spacious bedrooms with plenty of storage. The bathrooms were designed to emulate a classic luxury style while maintaining easy-to-clean and versatile features while maximizing a tight space. 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. 

The basement units include a kitchen as part of an open design concept with a long peninsula creating a galley-style layout with three pendant lights and bar counter seating. The uppers for the shaker-style cabinets are white and the lowers are dark blue. The kitchens also feature a work sink with inserts to dry dishes on or prepare food. The basement has ample recessed lighting throughout. A new front entryway to the basement created with all new hardscaping and stairs features a patio and space for bike storage.