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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Maria’s Kitchen Renovation: Work in Progress

Maria’s Kitchen Renovation: Work in Progress

Now that Maria has finished her pop-up camper remodel and the summer camping season has come to an end, she is turning her attention to remodeling her row house kitchen. To decide how she wanted to update her kitchen, Maria looked for ideas around town, many featured in the kitchens area of our website. She particularly liked Katie’s renovation and Mark and Sally’s eat-in kitchen with the built-in banquette. She decided to emulate the layout in Mark and Sally’s kitchen. To remind you, here is the view of Mark and Sally’s eat-in kitchen from the vantage point of their living room. And here you can see the opposite side of the room and how the appliances are now around the exterior walls with the center completely open. Maria’s current space has the dining room and kitchen as separate rooms, which is typical in a traditional row house (as Mark and Sally’s once was as well). Here’s her dining room and kitchen before the demo began, taken from our home tour....

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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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Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 | 2 comments

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 1

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...

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Amy and John’s Galley Kitchen Reno Part 1

Amy and John’s Galley Kitchen Reno Part 1

We never tire of seeing galley kitchen renovations and the many different ways people reconfigure the layout and style of Del Ray area rowhouses. Today’s kitchen is in the home of John and Amy and their twin boys. John and Amy bought the 1940s era duplex in 2008. At the time, the kitchen had been updated from its original state with Corian counters, newer cabinets and the addition of a dishwasher. But after six years in the home, despite cosmetic improvements, the space just isn’t working. As you can see, the room is tight. Amy added a cart for more work space, but unfortunately it means they can’t open the back door all the way. The dishwasher is also tucked back by the door. Amy has made use of every inch, installing shelving on the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room for every day items. The kitchen has a small 24-inch stove — anything wider would make it nearly impossible to access the basement. (The green tape is...

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 | 2 comments

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space

When Tim and Dawn bought their Rosemont home in April, they decided they wanted to wait until they settled in before making any changes to the inside of their house. But there was one thing they wanted to change immediately — the outside. The house had been a rental for the past 10 years and not much attention had been given to the curb appeal. They wanted their corner lot to look as nice as the other houses on their street and add outdoor living space for their family of five. Here’s what the house looked like when they bought it (from Google Earth street view). The entire lot had a chain link fence and the yard was full of overgrown and partially dead bushes and trees. Their plan was to rip out the fence and shrubs, re-landscape and create an outdoor living area in the backyard with a deck, paver patio and fire pit. Originally, they wanted to hire out the work, but when the quote from the...

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