This 1890 rowhouse had been renovated over time, most recently in the 70s. Our clients wanted to renovate every floor. The floors and walls were out of level, and most of the systems were old. We gutted the structure to the studs, leveled and re-framed the walls and floors, added insulation and updated the plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Once the structural and systems work was complete, our crew installed a new expanded kitchen, updated all the bathrooms, and updated the basement.
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Reconfiguring the first floor plan involved taking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create one large entertaining space. To bring more natural light and provide sight lines from the front to the back of the rowhouse, we added new windows to the back wall and moved the opening to the other side as a full-light door.
Kitchen features include:
- Cabinetry that extends to the ceiling to maximize storage
- Large island with seating for four
- Painting that imitates the pattern of the ceiling we uncovered during the renovation
- Buffet cabinetry in the dining room with a built-in wine cooler
BEFORE: We removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen.
BEFORE: The door to the deck was on the right side of the kitchen. We moved it to the right for better sight lines.
BEFORE – New buffet cabinetry now abuts the stair landing.
In the living room, we updated the existing brick fireplace with a tiled wall that has a television niche and cabinetry. Open glass shelves on either side displays the homeowner’s photos. The new surround re-centers the room, allowing the fireplace to remain off center, but it’s balanced by the mass of the tiled wall with cabinets underneath.
BEFORE – The original brick fireplace
We also added a small office, separated from the living room with a barn door. We reconfigured the closets in the hallway.
We updated all the finishes in the powder room and slightly reconfigured it by moving the location of the toilet. The client added a wow factor with the midnight blue glitter wall paper and mirror.
Master bedroom updates include:
- Removing the hall closet and installing new double doors to the room
- Removed the closets along one wall to create the bed wall. There was a chimney in those closets, so we installed walls around it with glass shelves in the niches on both sides that echo the glass shelves in the living room.
- Closing off the original door and using some of the adjacent hall closet allowed us to expand the closets. We removed a built-in countertop and placed closets with sliding doors
- Created a walk-in closet out of the original closets
- Place stacked washer/dryer in a closet (the original laundry was in a hall closet)
- Expanded the master bath by a few feet so we could reconfigure – to add a larger shower with bench and double vanity
The hall bath has the same footprint, but adding glass at the end of the tub makes the room feel more open. We also installed a pocket entry door.
BEFORE – The wall between the shower and toilet made the space feel small.
The clients use the smallest bedroom on this floor as an exercise room. An exterior door
In the rear bedroom, we removed a non-functional chimney.
We reconfigured the floorplan to create a hallway with doors to an office, bathroom, and recreation room.
The clients like to entertain, so the recreation room has a generous bar with kegerator, icemaker, microwave, cooktop, dishwasher, and refrigerator. A fun red countertop accents the gray cabinetry. The clients opted to keep the concrete floor, but added some glitter to the gray paint. The exposed ceiling contributes to the industrial look.
We enlarged the shower in the basement bathroom.
There was a single car garage under the brick patio. We expanded that garage into the basement and removed two chimneys so the client’s can park cars back-to-back. We installed a new fire-rated door off the basement hallway to the garage.
Rear deck with hot tub on the garage.