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For Property Week, UrbanTurf is returning with our Re-Imagined series, where local architectural visualization firm Capital Pixel helps "re-imagine" what a DC area home in need of renovations could look like one day. This week, Capital Pixel's Lori Steenhoek goes to work on a 1917 four-bedroom Victorian in 16th Street Heights.
Currently: Outdated and Monochromatic
Re-imagined: Colorful and Modern
The kitchen calls for a total update of finishes, fixtures, and appliances. We replaced the old cabinetry with some sleeker, slab-style panels in a dark gray color. The space was optimized by opening the wall at the right into the adjoining room, with a bar/counter made of butcherʼs block wood in between. This allows for seating on the other side of the room. The floor is a polished concrete in a light color. By adding some pops of color to the walls, the kitchen becomes a much brighter and cheery space in which to cook, eat, and entertain.
Currently: Pretty Bland
Re-imagined: Soft and Modern
The Living Room
The old living room suffers from dated furniture and window treatments, a ceiling in need of some help, and drab carpeting. Weʼd start by exposing the original wood flooring beneath the rug. Weʼd replace the brick fireplace with a modern, glass-enclosed gas fireplace, and add some built-in window seats to the sides. Weʼd re-paint the ceiling and walls with neutral tones, and add modern furniture and sheer curtains to soften the room.
The Dining Room
The dining room has some great features that are just waiting to be highlighted, namely the wood trim ceiling. Weʼd leave this detail as-is to make it the focal-point of the room. The old carpet could be torn out and replaced with wood floors. Weʼd move the wood trim on the walls down to chair-rail height, and add a funky textured wallpaper above this to create some pattern on the walls. Add some modern furniture and colorful curtains and artwork to create an inviting place to dine.
Currently: Has Great Potential
Re-imagined: A Relaxing Retreat
This spacious backyard has so much more potential. Weʼd replace the rear addition, which currently looks like it was stuck-on without much thought, with a design that includes more window and door glazing to bring light into the rear rooms of the home. Weʼd create a concrete stair spilling off the rear deck to allow access between the house and the yard, creating a perfect place for lots of plants, but also for sitting and relaxing outdoors. Some additional hardscaped pavers on the ground at the right of the stairs allows for a seating area in the yard. A new, taller fence at the left makes this space a much more private oasis.
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