Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 1
When Angela and her husband were house-hunting, they purposefully set out to find a fixer. A fixer would bring cost savings, but it would also give them the opportunity to customize and make all of the design choices themselves. They found a home between Rosemont and Del Ray with most of the original 1933 architectural and historic elements still in tact. It was the ideal size for their family of four and had features they could preserve while also adding their own style.
Angela, standing below on her front steps, gave me a tour of her spectacular renovated home a couple of weeks ago. But before we show you the after photos, let’s take a look at where they started and why they chose this home.
Angela sent me some of the photos from the MLS before they bought the home. She says they “noticed right away that natural light just pours in during the day, and even though the home was vacant, it had such positive energy. It is unusual to find a home of this age that has only two prior owners. To think that another family spent the majority of their lives living here and caring for this house made it seem even more special to us.”
They also chose this home because of its location: “We love the lifestyle that the neighborhood offers. It was important for us to be walking distance to both Del Ray and Old Town, to a metro station, as well as to have easy access to a basketball court and playground for our children. The neighborhood is peaceful, however there are always folks walking with their families or walking their dogs, and it is nice see that the neighborhood is lively in that way. You can even hear the whistle of the train up the street which seems very old fashion and charming to us.”
They renovated the kitchen first. You can see the dated (non-original) kitchen in the photos below. Not only was it not their style, it didn’t function for their needs.
Directly upstairs, the dated wallpapered bathroom was also gutted.
In addition to the kitchen and bathroom, they painted the entire house and renovated the partially finished basement. During the process, it came as a surprise that they would need new wiring, plumbing and a sump pump.
Angela studied interior design at the Corcoran, is a painter and now teaches art at Charles Barrett Elementary in Alexandria. We’ll be back with the full tour next week, but here’s a sneak preview of their beautifully restyled and restored home.
You may say, wow, that’s a lot of white! Yes, the floors and walls are white, but they’ve incorporated color throughout the house with Angela’s vivid artwork, texture, natural elements and a very unique kitchen transformation. Stay tuned next week for the full tour!
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