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Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 | 0 comments

On the Market: Light-Filled Townhouse in the Heart of Del Ray

On the Market: Light-Filled Townhouse in the Heart of Del Ray

UPDATE: This house has sold. What sets our next house tour apart from our other house tours is that this one is for sale! Yes, that’s right, you can buy this charming, light-filled, end-unit townhouse smack dab in the heart of Del Ray. It went on the market yesterday and there will be an open house this weekend (Saturday AND Sunday — so stop by while you’re out and about for Art on the Avenue). 1733 N. Cliff St. is located in the Cliff Gardens townhouse community, known for its friendly, communal atmosphere and huge shared courtyard — it’ll be hard to find comparable open yard space in Del Ray. Don’t worry, the yard is maintained by the homeowners’ association so there’s no need to run out and get a mower. Instead, you’ll enjoy your weekends tossing a Frisbee, reading a book under a mature tree, or mingling with neighbors. But enough about the yard, let’s head inside. The living and dining area is bright and open and boasts neutral paint,...

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 | 5 comments

He Says Antique, She Says Modern: Couple Creates Thoughtful, Unique Space

He Says Antique, She Says Modern: Couple Creates Thoughtful, Unique Space

Danielle and Phillip chose a style for their home that is the result of a monumental marital compromise. Phillip prefers 19th century antiques and Danielle loves mid-century modern. They settled for a decidedly in-between look – leaning toward a classic American and contemporary mission aesthetic, but with a funky industrial edge and details that reflect Danielle’s vocation – teaching knitting and running fibre space, her bustling knit and crochet shop in Old Town. Here’s a shot of the lounge in fibre space where Danielle fulfills her love of midcentury modern decor. As a small business owner, it goes without saying that Danielle spends most of her days running fibre space, but she still found the time to do much of the hands-on renovation in her home over the course of a couple of weeks. A Move-in Ready-ish Townhouse The blank slate Danielle and Phillip started with for the main floor looked like this when they moved bought their townhouse in June. They kept the columns, didn’t touch the floors, although...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 | 15 comments

The Wow Factor: A Classic Bungalow’s Modern Makeover

The Wow Factor: A Classic Bungalow’s Modern Makeover

Inside this 1927 Del Ray Bungalow, Karen and Kirk (along with their two cats and dog) have transformed an unassuming bungalow into a chic and sophisticated space with a nod to famous designers and some international flair. Just wait until you get inside… Karen bought the house in 1992. After meeting then marrying Kirk a couple of years ago, the couple decided it was time to reinvent the house in a style they love. They spent an entire year planning, gutting, and rebuilding the house, finishing the job this past spring. It was a long and stressful year: They survived a difficult contractor change, bug and water issues, and even a close call with an accidental gas leak that brought fire engines to their house. Their plan was to turn a 3-bedroom, 2-bath bungalow with small closets, a bad roof line and a wet stinky basement into a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath bungalow with amazing closets, a spectacular roof line, and a dry, sunny, liveable, walk-out basement. The entire first floor was completely gutted and reconfigured....

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 | 6 comments

A Restored 1920s Bungalow Goes off the Grid

A Restored 1920s Bungalow Goes off the Grid

You know when you see a house and beyond all reason, you want it with all of your heart? Sherrie had the very same yearning 18 years ago when she saw what she called “a neighborhood eye sore” in Del Ray — an uninhabited 1926 Del Ray bungalow that had been on and off the market, on triple lots of untended gardens. Sherrie walked by it with her friend who had just moved to the area, looked in and fell in love with an arch between two rooms. “It called to me,” she says. The 1920s bungalow style reminded her of the home she had grown up in the Shenandoah Valley. Sherrie came again with an agent whom she says “fled in horror.” Another friend who was very skilled in DIY home renovations said it had good bones and told her she’d help her fix it up. And so Sherrie bought it, against the advice of everyone except for her DIY hobbyist friend, Leslie. After a lengthy debate on which room was...

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 | 12 comments

House Tour: Katie and Zack’s Rental Retreat

House Tour: Katie and Zack’s Rental Retreat

For our inaugural house tour, Leslie and I visited a neighbor’s house (also named Katie) and were completely blown away with all the DIY and creativity nestled into the less than 1,000 square-foot home. Katie is incredibly crafty and she has found a way to decorate her home (which she doesn’t even own) in a cost-conscious and stylish way. Katie’s motto: “I won’t buy it if I can make it myself.” And when she does buy furniture/accessories, she definitely shops around for bargains — yard sales, Craig’s List, Freecycle, thrift stores — but you wouldn’t know they were second hand by looking at them because Katie has done an amazing job refreshing and repurposing all her finds. Katie and Zack have rented their rowhouse for the past two years. They asked their landlord if they could paint and fix up the house (even if they put it back to its original condition once they move out), but their landlord said no. Undeterred, they have made the most out of...

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