The concept to “connect earth to sky” in this century-old row house was ably achieved by moving a staircase and crowning it with a new skylight.
The stairwell’s lack of solid walls — steel cables separate the space and extend to the metal frame above — allows light into the surrounding spaces. The overall effect is clean and simple, making better use of the floor plan. The house is also rich with sustainable design concepts including a tankless water heater, no-VOC paint, foam insulation, and more.
The judges were impressed by this clever design — how much simply moving the staircase benefitted the entire house, and noted how clean and well-executed the remodel is. —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.
Bathroom plumbing fittings: Dornbracht; Hansgrohe; Jado; Hansa
Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Duravit; Kohler; Neptune
Dishwasher: Fisher + Paykel
Hardware: Omnia; Haefele; Sugatsune; Doug Mockett
Kitchen plumbing fittings: Hansgrohe
Lighting fixtures: Illuminations
Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore