2022 Master Design Awards: Historic Renovation — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Landis Architects/Builders 

Washington, DC

Location: Washington, DC | Project Cost: $1,115,541
Square Footage before: 2,178 | Square Footage after: 3,750

The team completely gutted and renovated this historic DC rowhouse and added a rear addition and a roof deck. The client wanted to maintain a formal, traditional feel at the front of the house and add more bold and contemporary design at the back. They removed the existing partial rear addition, landings, walkways, and retaining walls. The new 3-story rear addition is across the entire width of the house, extending out 24-feet.

The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission reviewed the presentation and offered its opinion to DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board. The HPRB requested some changes to the front façade that the designer incorporated into the design. The main concern of both entities was that anything at the front sight line remain traditional and fitting to the block where the rowhouse is located. The original front entry design did not have a planter, and the team had designed a patio with access from the basement. However, the HPRB insisted on a planting area to maintain that original element of the house. The charcoal gray color at the trim and front door had to be approved by HPRB. HPRB also had to review and approve the new code-compliant steps and railings to the front door. They maximized the home’s square footage within the lot coverage of 1255 sq.ft. Each floor is 1250 sq.ft., with the addition of about 525 sq.ft. per floor.


Lighting: The Urban Electric, Spring Pendant Brass Chandelier
Locksets and Hardware: Baldwin Hardware, Corporation Mortise Lock

Cabinetry: Bremtown slab door
Sinks: Kohler
Range: Wold contemporary glass cooktop
Exhaust hood: Best
Oven: Wolf
Manufacturer: Liebherr

Dishwasher: Asko
Cabinetry: Custom
Tub: Signature Hardware
Toilet: EIR
Shower Faucet: Kohler
Sink Faucet: Restoration Hardware

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