Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House

by Lori Steenhoek

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 1

In Re-imagined this week, Lori Steenhoek helps re-envision a 1920s, end-unit row house located in Trinidad at 1700 M Street NE (map). This house needs a great deal of work and cleanup (everything in the photos conveys!), but it has plenty of potential to become a beautiful home with the right renovations. Check out some of the before-and-after images below to see what Lori would update. (Unfortunately for the eager buyers out there, this home went under contract while we were putting this article together.)

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 2
Currently: Great Details, But Needs a Facelift

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 3
Re-imagined: A Place to Relax

The Front Porch

The front porch of this house is pretty spacious, so we decided to fix it up enough to comfortably utilize it as an outdoor room -- a place to relax, enjoy your morning coffee, and say hello to neighbors. We like the details of the decorative, flower-shaped ventilated bricks, so weʼd keep those in place and simply give them a fresh coat of paint. For the floor, weʼd cover the chipped concrete with a finished wood surface and fix the entry steps as needed, possibly laying down new stone tread. For the porch roof, weʼd add some wood cross beams for re-enforcement and paint them a light color. Add in some seating and greenery, and the porch feels much more comfortable.

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 4

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 5
Spacious But Dingy

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 6

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 7
Open and Light

The Living and Dining Room

These two rooms are simply in need of a clean-up and a fresh coat of paint to make them feel like new. Weʼd keep all the trim details and walls as-is, but cover them in cool-toned paint colors (like Sherwin-Williams Rhinestone and Dutch Tile Blue) to brighten the rooms. For the floor, weʼd use a dark stain on the existing wood floors to add some more contrast and elegance to the space.

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 8
Currently: Cluttered and Dated

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 9
Re-imagined: Overhauled

The Kitchen

The kitchen looks like it will require a complete re-do. Weʼd scrap the mis-matched cabinets, the old linoleum floors and old appliances, moving the refrigerator out of the doorway it is currently blocking. The layout would stay mostly the same for the update -- with new appliances, slab-style cabinet doors, a white granite countertop and backsplash, and white walls with an accent color at the right. Weʼd add a new door at the opening the basement stairs, and open up the threshold at the right to make the room feel more linearly elongated.

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 10
Currently: Dirty, Dark and Mis-Matched

Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House: Figure 1
Re-imagined: Abbey Road and a Deck

The Master Bedroom

The master bedroom needs a great deal of work. Since it overlooks the large, deep front porch of the house, we decided to make the roof accessible from the room by converting it into an outdoor deck. Weʼd replace the two right windows with a sliding glass door, and add a wood decking surface and metal railing outside. Thereʼs plenty of room for a patio seating area and plants with lots of sun-exposure. Inside the room, weʼd re-paint the walls, lay down new wood flooring, and add an overhead ceiling fan with lighting. We also added some wall decoration to pay homage to a great band.

Lori Steenhoek is a Digital Artist with over six years of experience creating architectural renderings. She is the founder of Capital Pixel, a DC-based rendering company, and is currently finishing her Masters thesis in Animation and Visual Effects. She can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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  1. Sorosh said at 2:59 pm on Friday May 18, 2012:
    This series is amazing. Too bad that this one is already under contract!
  1. david said at 3:06 pm on Friday May 18, 2012:
    What is the software used to do this type of modeling? I would like the name of the product, not something like "it's special software" or "only architects have it" or "its very expensive." Name of product please. Thanks.
  1. Lori said at 4:03 pm on Friday May 18, 2012:
    @David - I used a software from NewTek called Lightwave (http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave.html) for this set of images. I also use Maya (http://usa.autodesk.com/maya/) for very similar projects. They are similar in their abilities to create detailed models and photo-realistic renderings. If you are interested in 3D modeling, check out Google SketchUp (http://sketchup.google.com/product/gsu.html), which you can download for free. They also have an upgrade version with more features. SketchUp is generally better for modeling only and much harder to use to produce photo-realistic images.
  1. pazzysmom said at 8:11 pm on Friday May 18, 2012:
    This is the perfect candidate for the 203(k) rehabilitation loan program! Hopefully the buyers know about this option. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/203k/203kmenu
  1. David said at 12:15 am on Saturday May 19, 2012:
    @Lori, many thanks.
  1. brando said at 3:23 am on Tuesday May 22, 2012:
    Love this feature! What's the thinking behind putting the dining room in the front and the living room in the back adjacent to the kitchen? Typically they'd be flipped so I'm curious about the rationale for remaining it this way. Also, I'd bet this was snatched up by investors rather than 203k purchasers.
  1. Lori said at 3:18 pm on Wednesday May 23, 2012:
    @brando- thanks! Not sure there was a real rationale behind the room location 😃 Just an idea to consider that goes against the norm. Something about the rear room felt like a more intimate place for a living room, where people generally spend more time than the dining room. Logistically, it does make it tougher to move food/prep from the kitchen to the dining room... So they could easily be switched. Thanks for the comment.

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