Launch Slideshow

Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky

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    Greg Powers

    This 100-year-old row house in the Georgetown area of Washinton D.C. looks fairly subdued on the outside

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    Before: The living room prior to the remodel.

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    After: The living room after the remodel.

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    Before: The home's original staircase was just off of the living room.

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    After: The new staircase was moved to the middle of the house and its transparent design allows for light to reach deep within the remodeled home.

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    Before: The original kitchen was in the rear of the home's main level.

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    After: The kitchen was moved to the center of the main level in what used to be the dining room.

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    Greg Powers

    The skylight above the staircase is the centerpiece of the new construction as it welcomes light into a home that had been dark for over a century.

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    Greg Powers

    The use of glass walls, an open floor plan, and steel cables assure that this home will always have an abundance of natural light pouring in from above.

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    Greg Powers

    There is no mistaking the majesty of the simple and sleek master suite at the front of the second level.

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    Greg Powers

    The master bath has a spa-like elegance and is artfully “hidden” behind “door number 3” among the closets.

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    Greg Powers

    The family room in the rear of the revamped row house spills out into the small backyard via a series of folding glass doors. This space was originally occupied by the kitchen.

Priorities

  • Transform the home’s interior from dark spaces into light-filled rooms; incorporate sustainable design elements; create a greater sense of spatial connection

Solutions

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.

Judges’ comments

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.


Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Dornbracht; Hansgrohe; Jado; Hansa

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Duravit; Kohler; Neptune

Countertops: Caesarstone

Dishwasher: Fisher + Paykel

Fireplace: HearthSense

Hardware: Omnia; Haefele; Sugatsune; Doug Mockett

HVAC: Carrier

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Hansgrohe

Lighting fixtures: Illuminations

Oven: Thermador

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore

Range: Thermador

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Windows: WeatherShield