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Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse

by Lori Steenhoek

Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 1

Earlier this month, after a several month hiatus, UrbanTurf returned 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 and Cassie LaPorte go to work on a 1915 Federal style, semi-detached home in Mount Pleasant. It features 2300 square feet of space, though the basement and attic are currently unfinished. Though much of the house is in decent shape, there are a few things theyʼd update:


Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 2
Currently: Dated and Dingy

Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 3
Re-imagined: Modern, with Extra Space

The Kitchen

The kitchen feels outdated with mismatched cabinetry, older appliances, and a worn down floor. Weʼd start by tearing out the linoleum floor tiles and replacing them with new hardwood. Then, weʼd rearrange the layout a bit to allow room for some bar stool seating in the foreground and more countertop work area at left. Taking advantage of the high ceilings, extra storage space could be added with another level of upper cabinetry. We chose dark cabinetry to give the room a rich feel, and a light green accent wall adds a hint of color.


Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 4
Currently: Messy Layout

Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 5
Re-imagined: Organized Layout with New Details

The Living Room

The living room is currently suffering from a strange layout that makes the room feel off-centered, and the taller furniture hides the wall detailing. If new, lower furniture was rearranged around the fireplace, it would open up the space and allow the beautiful trim details on the wall to be seen. Weʼd play these details up by painting the walls a tan color and keep the trim white, adding some wainscoting detailing below the chair railing to give the room a more formal feel. Weʼd play up the verticality of the fireplace with some new stone veneers that would go to the ceiling, while keeping the old mantle intact. A more substantial ceiling pendant would complete the transformation.


Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 6
Currently: An Odd Layout

Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 7
Re-imagined: A Grand Room for Entertaining

The Dining Room

This room is currently being used as some sort of hybrid dining room/sitting room/office space, but we think it would make the most sense as a dining area. Weʼd center a large table in the middle of the room, again letting the detailed wall trim and panelling be the highlight of the space. Weʼd paint the wall area above the trim a darker shade of grey to add contrast. A recessed ceiling with a pop of color and a simple hanging chandelier would bring some drama to the room.


Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 8
Currently: Cluttered and Disorganized

Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 9
Re-imagined: A Spacious Laundry Room (with Doggie Amenities!)

The Basement

The unfinished basement has a lot of potential to become a useful, organized space with multiple functions. Weʼd give it a slightly higher level of finishing by covering the exposed ceiling and adding some can lights. Weʼd leave the exposed brick walls but paint them a bright, warm color. Weʼd paint the concrete floor a lighter color as well to give some new life to the room. A stacked washer dryer and some storage cabinetry would maximize space. Finally, a doggie washing basin and sleeping cubby would be a nice touch for any pet owner that has large, or multiple, dogs.


Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 10
Currently: Unfinished and Underutilized

Re-Imagined: Refreshing a Mount Pleasant Rowhouse: Figure 1
Re-imagined: A Useable Workspace

The Attic

The attic space has relatively high ceilings and could make for a great artist studio, office, or general workspace. Weʼd keep the ceiling beams as-is for now, but lighten the wood flooring and add some exposed lightbulbs to brighten up the space. Weʼd add a finished section of drywall at left to make some space for hanging up in-progress artwork or drawings, with storage space on the far side. With the freed-up floor space, there would be plenty of room for a desk and drafting table, and any other artist or craft supplies. With a window overlooking the front yard, this space would make a great room for retreating to find quiet and inspiration.


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

Cassie LaPorte has been a digital artist with Capital Pixel since April 2013. She received her BFA in interior design from Cazenovia College In NY. She can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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