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This Week’s Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial

by Nena Perry-Brown

This Week's Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial: Figure 1
Kitchen at 4925 Lowell Street NW. Click to enlarge.

This Week's Find is a sneak peek of a 1950s center-hall colonial in Kent that was renovated by its architect-owner, Carmel Greer of District Design. The home will officially go on the market later this week. 

This Week's Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial: Figure 2
Living room. Click to enlarge.

Carmel Greer isn't a stranger to the pages of UrbanTurf, as in 2016 we featured her re-imagining of a six-bedroom home in the Palisades that was inspired by the stone lock houses found along the C&O Canal. Greer went on to sell that home, but didn't waste much time looking for her next project. 

She and her husband purchased a brick house in Kent that had a lot of traditional charm but was outdated and had an odd layout. The home sits on a large lot and Greer saw a spacious interior that inspired an attractive, family-functional remodel.

This Week's Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial: Figure 3
Exterior. Click to enlarge.

The centerpiece of the renovation was a bathroom, closet and hall that were combined with the existing kitchen to create a larger, bright white kitchen, which has custom Shaker-style cabinets, brass fixtures and a Calacatta marble eat-at island. The kitchen leads to a trellis-covered side porch; access to a pentagonal sunroom-like porch sits between the kitchen and dining area.

This Week's Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial: Figure 4
Dining area. Click to enlarge.

Just past a back stairwell is a small dining area with a wine fridge/bar and a custom built-in corner banquette with storage. In the next room, the library was converted into a more lounge-like family room. Doorways throughout the main level were raised to add the perception of tall ceilings.

This Week's Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial: Figure 5
Lounge/Family room. Click to enlarge.

Greer combined two dens at the front of the house to create a grand foyer with herringbone-patterned hardwood floors. The house is surrounded by azaleas that will bloom soon, and there is also a trellis-covered deck that wraps from the rear porch around to the side of the family room.

This Week's Find: An Architect-Owned and -Renovated Kent Colonial: Figure 6
Master bath. Click to enlarge.

Five bedrooms are located upstairs, including one which sits above (and takes on the shape of) the rear sunroom. Part of a larger bedroom was converted to add a second walk-in closet to the master bedroom. The master bath also has Calacatta marble, brass fixtures and a pair of hammered-metal sinks on opposite wallsA sixth bedroom and full bath are in the basement, which also has access to the attached two-car garage. 

The house will be listed with Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby's International Realty later this week. More details are below. 

  • Address: 4925 Lowell Street NW (map)
  • Bedrooms: Six
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Square Feet: 5,950
  • Year Built: 1956

See other articles related to: kent, district design, carmel greer

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