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Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor

  • September 7, 2012

by Lori Steenhoek

Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 1

In Re-imagined this week, Lori Steenhoek helps brand new District residents envision a future in their newly purchased row house on the H Street Corridor. The couple, UrbanTurf readers who relocated from Alabama, wanted to imagine what the home would look like with fewer walls, exposed brick and a generally more open feeling. Check out some of the before-and-after images below to see what Lori came up with.


Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 2

Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 3
Currently: An Enclosed Series of Rooms

Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 1

Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 5
Re-imagined: An Open Floor Plan

The Living Room and Overall Downstairs

In the living room, weʼve opened up the floor plan by removing several of the interior walls and the associated pocket doors. The entry, living room, and dining area blend together a bit more, making the spaces flexible. We also re-exposed the brick walls where the fireplace was originally located and painted them white to go with the neutral, gray color palette that the new owners are considering for the walls. We added a working gas fireplace as a focal point of the seating area.

The staircase is now visible from the entire downstairs space. We tore down the red and wood paneled side wall of the house to expose the brick against the long wall that runs up the stairs. The entry into the home will now feel much more spacious and open.


Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 6
Currently: An Enclosed Space

Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 7
Re-imagined: Open to the Kitchen

The Dining Room

The owners wanted to add a peninsula to the area between the kitchen and dining room, so the first thing we did was knock out part of the wall to open up that space. We added a small stretch of countertop and cabinets to match the existing kitchen, and added some bar stool seating on the dining room side. The existing crystal chandelier is leaving with the seller, so we replaced it with something similar. The resulting room feels a lot more light-filled and spacious.


Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 8
Currently: Hidden from View

Re-imagined: Opening Up in the H Street Corridor: Figure 9
Re-imagined: A New Peninsula and Opened Space

The Kitchen

In this view from the rear of the house, we can see the fully opened up space. The new peninsula adds more kitchen storage and counter space. The owners plan to leave the remainder of the kitchen as-is for now, simply replacing the electric stove with a gas one, adding some pendant lights over the new counter, and painting the walls gray. Overall, itʼs a pretty dramatic transformation that feels modern and allows for more living flexibility.

Lori Steenhoek is a Digital Artist with over seven 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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