The existing three-story rowhouse located in the heart of Dupont Circle had previously been flipped and filled with generic contractor-grade details.
The clients, a family with two energetic young boys and a fixed budget, were looking to personalize their new home and create an environment more reflective of and responsive to their needs as a family.
This meant a careful rethink and optimization of the existing elements of the house rather than a total reinvention.
By relocating program within the existing house footprint, more livable area was introduced and greater connectivity to outside spaces was created.
The living area shifted to be adjacent to the rear garden wall so parents can keep an eye on children at play.
Extraneous ornamental elements were stripped away, particularly from the existing staircase, to create a more pure expression of space and circulation.
The kitchen shifted to the street frontage, engaging the the existing bay window as a window-seat banquet for family mealtimes.