1662 House Renovation / Robert M. Gurney Architect
Robert M. Gurney Architect
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Robert M. Gurney
Text description provided by the architects. Located in historic Georgetown, this project transforms a tiny traditional townhouse into an open, modern dwelling for a family of four. The existing house had 2 bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms.
The kitchen was in the basement and the family of four shared a bathroom. The living spaces have been compartmentalized and disconnected from a long linear garden. A narrow addition allows access to the basement and an egress window for a middle bedroom on the third floor.
The two bedrooms in the existing home are redesigned with ceilings raised to the roof line – exposing the dormer in the front and adding a dormer in the back. These rooms are now flooded with natural light. The rooms in the annex, a master suite on the second level with a living room below, benefit from high ceilings which counteract their narrow widths.
Glass is used to extend these interior spaces outwards and make them generous and calm. Exposed brick and stone walls, Danish Douglas fir floors, and rich cabinetry create a warm yet minimalist interior aesthetic. This sleek, modern addition and entire home renovation is an honest testament to its existence in today’s world, not a replica of the past.