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Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 | 4 comments

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 3

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 3

A few weeks ago, we shared the stunning after photos of Christina and Brad’s rowhouse kitchen remodel. The kitchen, however, is only part of this story. Instead of renovating just their kitchen, they used this opportunity to get all their home renovations done in one fell swoop. Today, we’re back to show you how they transformed their second floor bathroom and basement. Here was the second floor bathroom when we first toured the house earlier this year. It was ready for a complete gut job. During demolition of the kitchen (right below the bathroom), they received the unsettling news from their contractor that the bathroom’s floor joists weren’t completely holding up the second floor. Their contractor, MW Construction, immediately rectified the situation to ensure the new bathroom wouldn’t come crashing through to their fabulous new kitchen. And here is the brand new bathroom. We absolutely LOVE the choice of classic floor and bath tile and the crisp and clean white and black color palette. All tile comes from The...

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Posted by on May 12, 2015 | 1 comment

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel

We love sharing before and after stories and we were thrilled when blog reader Christina contacted us about her upcoming rowhouse renovation and offered to let us track the project here. I visited Christina and her husband Brad at the beginning of April right after they had signed a contract with MW Construction to perform the work. Today we’re taking you on a tour of the “before state” of the house. Christina and Brad’s typical Del Ray rowhouse came with many assets: well-maintained hardwood floors, classic moldings and trim, neutral paint, loads of light from large windows and a tree-lined friendly street. But it also came with the classic conundrum, a cramped and dated galley kitchen. Christina and Brad have lived in the house for a few years now, and for a couple who likes to entertain and bake, the kitchen just doesn’t work. Despite the lack of counter space, the one saving grace is a small addition off the back that came with the house. Christina and Brad...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 | 4 comments

Matt and Angela’s Howell Avenue Taphouse

Matt and Angela’s Howell Avenue Taphouse

Matt and Angela’s home-brew operations keep getting better and better. Matt’s been brewing beer for several years now — everything from pale ales to cider to mead — and last year he added fresh hops from the garden to his brew. Now, they’ve made it easier to enjoy their beer by renovating their basement to include a 3-tap kegerator and lounge area, which they are calling their “Howell Avenue Taphouse.” When they bought their house, the basement was not a place you’d want to hang out — old linoleum floors, drop tiled ceiling, drafty windows and poor lighting. They hired MW Construction Services to help them with the reno. One of the main issues was the ceiling — because of the pipes and ducts and the ceiling built around these, Matt (who is well over 6 feet tall) had a difficult time accessing the basement. They decided to remove the ceiling all together, going for an exposed industrial look, with the joists and pipes painted a dark grey. The...

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 | 7 comments

Mark and Sally’s Modern Basement Makeover

Mark and Sally’s Modern Basement Makeover

When Sally and Mark moved into their Del Ray rowhouse a few years ago, lucky for them, the main level of their house had already been updated (we showed you their unique kitchen layout here). But the one thing they wanted to change was the basement. The previous owners used the roughly finished basement as a music studio, installing several layers of drywall on the walls and ceiling to make it soundproof. While that set-up worked well for the previous owners, it wasn’t what Mark and Sally needed. They hired a contractor to gut the basement and add a full bathroom, creating a more usable living space for the couple and their guests. As you can see, that’s exactly what they received! Sally picked an off white paint for the walls, black leather sectional, a soft and fuzzy rug and lots of wood tones. They found the TV console at the Crate and Barrel outlet in Old Town. The sleek modern railing on the stairs was a custom creation...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 | 3 comments

Del Ray’s Signature Speakeasy

Del Ray’s Signature Speakeasy

When Katie and I heard there was a speakeasy right here in Del Ray, we knew we had to investigate. The word “speakeasy” brings to mind images of glamour, intrigue, suspense — something new and exciting for our sleepy little neighborhood. Through a mutual acquaintance, we tracked down Tim and Kari, the couple who run the Midget Inn, “Del Ray’s Signature Speakeasy.” We succeeded in getting ourselves invited as “press” and set off one night with my husband Matt for what would become a very interesting evening. Tim and Kari provided the address and said “look for the neon open sign.” (There really is a neon sign.) Such intrigue! We tiptoed in with a bit of trepidation, but when we got inside, Kari welcomed us with open arms. It felt like a basement, but the coolest basement renovation you’d ever set foot in. Kari escorted us to the bar to see the list of that night’s special cocktail choices. We pulled out our wallets to pay, but they insisted on treating us....

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