Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request

by Lori Steenhoek

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 1
A re-imagined room at 27 Quincy Place NW

In Re-imagined this week, Lori Steenhoek of Capital Pixel helps "re-imagine" a home at 27 Quincy Place NW (map) that was sent in by the owner/UrbanTurf reader.

The 1895 Victorian home has been gutted and is ready for a complete transformation. The property was purchased in September 2010 by two close friends and longtime DC residents who saw lots of potential in the home, despite the fact that it had been an informal rooming house for a number of years and was in a state of considerable disrepair. They carefully gutted the property, leaving as many original details as possible, and debated between restoring its original character, creating a more modern design, or some kind of hybrid mixing old and new. They also considered reconfiguring the basement as a separate rental unit.

Before any designs took shape, however, the owners experienced career and job transitions and are now letting their investment go instead of completing the renovation. The house is currently for sale in its fully gutted state.

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 2
Currently: Bare But Spacious

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 1
Re-imagined: A Series of Comfortable Living Spaces

The Living Room

The main room of the home has an open floor plan that leads into the kitchen in the rear of the property. We decided to keep the layout open and flexible as one large living room, and centered the space around the double-sided fireplace. We added a raised hearth with room to store logs beneath and restored the original brick from floor to ceiling. Recessed lighting and a bulkhead above add further effect.

In this rendering, weʼve shown one L-shaped couch, but there is also room for another seating area to face the other side of the fireplace. Ideally, the new owner might look for custom furniture that could be easily rearranged to accommodate a few different setups around the fireplace. We've kept the carefully-preserved trim, detailing and railings around the bay windows, front door, and stairs, and refinished the original wood flooring. It was tempting to try and keep the exposed beams in the ceiling as a design element, but in the end, we thought it would overwhelm the long space and decided against that idea. The result is a series of connected spaces, from the breakfast bistro table in the front, to a couple of seating areas around the fire, to the kitchen in the rear: a modern, open layout with hints of the original details throughout.

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 4
Currently: In Need of Everything, Including a New Layout

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Re-imagined: Light and Organized With Custom Details

The Kitchen

The kitchen is often the most important room in the home, and this one is no exception located at the end of a very linear floor plan. When you enter the home and look into the length of the space, the kitchen is where your eyes land.

For the update, we kept the window and door trim intact, repainted those elements, added trim at the ceiling to match, and more recessed lighting above the island. To allow for more cabinet space, we decided to keep the original window at left bricked-in and closed over, as had been done by previous owners. Blue-grey wood paneling on the walls adds some vertical detailing that is also picked up in the cabinetry of the island. Other design options include the custom range hood, a built-in wine refrigerator underneath the countertop, and an apron kitchen sink.

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 6
Currently: Deteriorating

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Re-imagined: A Sunny Porch and Balcony

The Rear of the House

The back part of the home is in need of some major work. First, we would tear down the existing wooden porch structure to make room for a more open one. Weʼd look to incorporate Victorian-style columns and railings, something you could likely find at an architectural salvage warehouse, to create the new structure. These would be similar in detail to railings that were left intact throughout the home. A couple of wooden stairs leading down into the grassy backyard would make a good ledge for some potted plants and greenery. For the upper balcony, weʼd make it deep enough for a small table and chairs, a good place to read the paper or have a cup of coffee.

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 8
Currently: Open and Unfinished

Re-imagined: An UrbanTurf Reader Request: Figure 9
Re-imagined: A Studio Rental Unit

The Basement

We deemed the basement, with a private entrance from the rear, perfect for conversion into a separate rental unit. We restored part of the original brick wall to keep as an accent, and then added brand new flooring, drywall, and ceilings to create a studio-style rental.

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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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/re-imagined_an_urban_turf_reader_request/4644


  1. David said at 7:07 pm on Wednesday November 23, 2011:
    In the kitchen...you said you left the window in place...however the existing window appears too low to place a kitchen counter in front/beneath. The window will have to be modified
  1. alyce kirk said at 10:53 pm on Wednesday November 23, 2011:
    I re-imagined myself in the living room. Shall I send a photo???
  1. Lori said at 12:30 am on Thursday November 24, 2011:
    David - You're right, the window would have to be modified. Either made shorter by a few inches, or you could leave it as-is and there could be a "pocket" gap between the wall and countertop. It's not ideal, but either way you could keep the original trim. Or, and I didn't think of this before, you could drop just the sink area by 4-6 inches to accomodate. Thanks for the comment!
  1. Nikki Smith said at 5:39 pm on Monday November 28, 2011:
    This is really cool. 😃

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