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Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 | 5 comments

Before and After: Amy and John’s Rowhouse Bathroom Reno

Before and After: Amy and John’s Rowhouse Bathroom Reno

After Amy and John renovated their kitchen two years ago, the only room left in their rowhouse to update was the second floor bathroom, a relic from the 1940s with little storage, mismatched fixtures, dingy tile and a tub that had a tendency to flood the kitchen below. They hired local contractor MW Construction to do the total gut job, resulting in a stunning transformation. Amy and John selected classic fixtures with modern style — a marble vanity, chrome accents, grey and white hexagonal floor tile and white subway tile for the tub and walls. They didn’t gain any extra floor space, but by selecting a larger vanity and medicine cabinet, they have more storage making the room less cluttered and more open. All the tile comes from The Tile Shop. We love the splash of color with the blue stripe and recessed shelf. They extended the tile in the shower all the way up to the ceiling. Thanks Amy and John for sharing your latest home renovation project...

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 | 0 comments

A Rowhouse Bathroom Remodel: Before

A Rowhouse Bathroom Remodel: Before

Where can you go to get ideas and inspiration for a home renovation? Just check with your neighbors. While thinking of how they’d like to remodel their rowhouse bathroom, these homeowners took notes during the Del Ray House and Garden Tour, admiring the many creative tiling options in bathrooms around the neighborhood. After much thought, they decided to stay true to the era in which their home was built, but to update the tile and make other improvements. We stopped by to check out the bathroom before it gets its makeover. They say they’ve always hated this “weird pattern” in the floor tile that doesn’t line up with either toilet or sink, but they like the black-and-white theme. It’s become much more of a challenge than they had anticipated to get tilework done the way it looked in 1939. They look forward to choosing a new color for the walls once the room has been rebuilt, after being taken down to its wood laths. An exhaust fan will be...

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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 Sep 3, 2014 | 5 comments

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 2

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 2

Last week we shared the before pictures (plus a sneak preview) of a restored and restyled 1933 home in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria. Today we’re back to show the after photos of the renovated house where Angela, her husband Dov and their kids Jack and Zoe live. Angela and Dov bought the fixer in 2013. They wanted a home that they could restore and apply their own design aesthetic. It was also important for them to be within walking distance to Del Ray and Old Town and have easy access to a playground and outdoor areas for their children. The house they bought couldn’t be more perfect for them. Here’s a before picture to remind you of what the house looked like when they bought it — pretty much a blank slate with decorative moldings, wood floors, lots of natural light and a clean layout. And here are the after photos — bright and modern with original architectural elements highlighted. The floors were not in good condition, so...

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