Kitchen Renovation in Georgetown, DC
This historic Georgetown remodel was a “labor of love,” in the words of the owners. Keen architectural enthusiasts, they were active participants in every step of the renovation. The original house, a bricklayer’s cottage built in 1821, had endured a patchwork of remodels and additions through the 20th century, which resulted in a structural and stylistic hodge-podge with no clear character. Our clients had, however, a definite idea of the finished product, and we were able to work with them to realize their vision. Though we performed a full gut of the house to address over a century’s worth of structural issues, much of our effort was focused on the kitchen, to create a taller and brighter space, preserving the history of the building while inviting natural light in.
Design + Layout
The house sits on a hill, hidden behind the row homes, and the kitchen is located at grade in the rear, one level below the entrance onto the street. Vertical space was limited by the floor above, so we elected to strip out the old joists and replace them with structural glulam timber. We were thus able to spread the joist spacing from 16” on center to 20”, and we left the subfloor exposed above, leading to an increase in perceived ceiling height. The resultant depth and rich visual texture completely transformed the room. The large island gives utility and purpose to the space, allowing for easy access to the dining area.
Style + Finishes
Encouraging light in the space was of key importance to the owners; by installing full-pane Marvin windows and doors off the kitchen, we allowed for an unobstructed view of the backyard and garden. Soft pastel custom Kerf cabinets and paneled appliances complement the space, without overshadowing the bold ceiling and exterior views. A commercial Viking range and hood anchors the back wall, offering unmatched utility. Exposed teal wiring running to the pendant lights adds a touch of color to the ceiling, while lending a casual and comfortable air to the kitchen.