A Capitol Hill rowhouse was renovated to have more open spaces and a modern design.
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Only a bright, red-framed door hints at the surprises hiding inside this Capitol Hill rowhouse.
Owners Susan Clampitt and Jeremy Waletzky embarked on a yearlong, top-to-bottom renovation with KUBE Architecture that resulted in a two-story living space, an open kitchen and a rear patio space that looks much more California than Capitol Hill.
“This was a traditional row house that was completely gutted, and renovated,” said Janet Bloomberg, partner and founder of KUBE.
The rear end of the second floor of the one-bedroom home was removed to allow for a living space with a two-story wall of windows and sliding doors. These connect the rear living space to the backyard, where a tiled patio is cut in half by a small fountain that flows into a river of rocks. It’s reminiscent of west coast backyard design, which is often subtle, modern and makes use of rocks, tiles, and little greenery.
A look at the patio space before it was redone
In the back room, a wrap-around counter is the only separation for the kitchen. The sink, a five-burner gas range and two stools populate the counter space. Most open kitchens have the appliances against the wall, meaning guests can wander around, but hosts often have their backs to them as they prepare food. The layout of this kitchen allows hosts to better interact with guests. The emphasis on the kitchen renovation and the black and white color scheme have led to it getting the nickname Salt and Pepper House.
Before the redesign of the rear end of the home.
“The kitchen is at the center of the house facing the garden, and bar seating was placed inside the kitchen to allow for a view of the outdoors while cooking and eating,” Bloomberg said. “We designed custom indoor-outdoor dining furniture (tables and benches) made of steel, glass and viroc (cement board) to blend in with the architecture.”
More photos of the renovation below.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/capitol_hills_salt_and_pepper_home/10173.
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