NE, Washington DC
This is a beautiful old house, built in 1937 that had fallen on hard times. A woman and her son had lived there for more than two years without any water, heat or electricity. We were able to buy the house at a price that gave her enough cash to move on to something she could afford for her family. We were able to save a couple of the original 1937 windows, but replaced the rest with a more energy efficient and sound dampening choice. The house still had radiated heat and no air conditioning, so this was replaced with a modern HVAC system. Stephen Dupont, a talented DC architect, was hired to help us with this process. This slowed the project down considerably, but with his help, we were able to maintain the original 1930’s feel and still provide all of the modern amenities. All of the original hard wood on the main floor was restored and many of the original features like cedar closets and the 1930’s bathroom tile were preserved. The space behind the house that was originally paved was turned into a yard with a privacy fence and entertainment area. Real brick stairs lead to a basement with its own outside entrance. A kitchen, bedroom and full bath were added to the basement. If the future owner desires, they can turn the basement into a mother-in-law suite or a rental.