Natural light and fluid space are key elements in the renovation of this home for a resident of the historic "Strivers District" in the center of Washintgon DC. The owner of a community-based communications group, Scott needed to find more space for living within the tight parameters of his circa 1900 townhouse. He wanted comfortable, modern solutions responsive to environmental and social concerns that fit the income of someone in the non-profit realm. All materials and methods were chosen for their sustainable or "green" properties by a LEED-accredited designer using the SBIC's "Green Building Guidelines" and LEED as a guide.
A new kitchen was connected with a pocket courtyard and "vertical" garden to create an urban oasis at the heart of the house. Natural light floods the kitchen by day for cooking or reading the morning paper. Glass doors open to a stone patio blurring the line between inside and out. Cool colors help to create a visual connection with the greenery and blue skies of the adjacent outdoor space. Cedar fences were designed as green walls with trellises, hanging flower boxes, and a row of planters on top that transform the urban skyline. At night, candles glow in perforated metal holders and create a magical place for a summertime party. In the fall, friends can gather around the brick fireplace on wood benches with hot drinks.