Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights

by Lori Steenhoek

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 1

In Re-imagined this week, Lori Steenhoek helps re-envision a Federal style row house located at 5418 13th Street NW (map) in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood. With a traditional floor plan, four bedrooms, a walk-up attic, basement, and a backyard garage, this home has tons of potential for amazing spaces. Here are a few before-and-after images that show what she would renovate.

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 2
Currently: Spacious, with Great Details

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 3
Re-imagined: A Cozy Room for Living

The Living Room

The living room is in pretty decent shape, so we concentrated on creating a warm, inviting color palette and functional layout. We chose a darker brown paint for the walls to make the space feel a little more intimate, and concentrated the seating around the edges of the room, letting the fireplace stand alone as its own element in the corner. Weʼd keep the original floors and trim molding as is, and update the hearth to match the existing fireplace brick a little more closely. A large, patterned area rug helps break up the large amount of wood floor surface. Finally, weʼd add some modern ceiling lighting over the seating area.

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 4
Currently: Dirty and Mis-matched

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 5
Re-imagined: A Clean and Modern Guestroom

The Bedroom

With four bedrooms on the upper floor, weʼd likely turn one of them into a guest room as we did here. For this space, the electric blue carpet, faded pink trim, and peeling wallpaper had to go. Weʼd repaint with more neutral colors, and lay a new hardwood floor (assuming there wasnʼt one underneath the carpet that could be revived), and update the ceiling fan to something more modern looking. Some basic pieces of bedroom furniture and large-scale photography on the walls complete the new look.

(A note on the wallpaper - we like the look and feel of the old pattern, but judging from the photo, its condition looks like itʼs beyond fixing. Weʼd have to do a closer inspection to determine if perhaps one wall could be cleaned and re-adhered in the parts that are dirty and peeling. It could make for a handsome accent wall. Alternately, if it has to come down, pieces that are removed could still be creatively re-used for things like framed artwork or lining furniture drawers.)

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 6
Currently: Unfinished and Messy

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 1
Re-imagined: The Perfect-Sized Playroom

The Attic

This attic space, with its lower ceiling and sloped walls, would make an amazing playroom for kids. Weʼd finish off the side walls with a light-colored wood panel system, paint the end brick wall white, and add a new wood floor atop the existing floor boards that would be more friendly to little feet. Weʼd also add some ceiling lights since the semi-circle window would only allow minimal natural light inside. Some built-in cubbies at the left would make great storage for toys and books and the wood rafters a perfect frame to hang a small swing from.

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 8
Currently: Unkempt

Re-imagined: A Row House in 16th Street Heights: Figure 9
Re-imagined: Outdoor Seating and Gardening

The Backyard and Garage

The backyard looks like it hasnʼt been tended to in quite awhile. Weʼd replace the old concrete path with brick pavers and add a patio sitting area directly behind the house with enough room for outdoor furniture. A new wooden fence would replace the current chain-link fence at the left, which would provide some additional privacy from the adjoining backyards. Closer to the garage, there is plenty of room for a flower and vegetable garden to be planted. Weʼd fix up and repaint the trim and door on the garage as well. As for the rear of the house, weʼd take down the dated-looking awnings and give the siding a good power-washing so the backyard looks fresher.

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)

Do you know of a home that needs some re-imagining? If so, drop us a line at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Similar Articles:

* Re-imagined: Spiffing Up a Hillcrest Mansion * Re-imagined: A 1920s Trindad Row House * Re-imagined: A Truxton Circle Row House Overhauled * Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request * Re-imagined: A U Street Row House

See other articles related to: re-imagined, dclofts, 16th street heights

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/re-imagined_a_row_house_in_16th_street_heights/5798

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

See more Northern Virginia »


Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

See more Maryland »

Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

See more Northwest DC »

Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

See more Southwest DC »

Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

See more Northeast DC »

Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

See more Southeast DC »