A dilapidated row house in DC’s gentrifying Shaw neighborhood desperately needed an overhaul. Architect Will Couch was tapped to create a light-filled, modern home; his plan transformed the stairwell from dark and cramped to bright and beautiful.
|The switchback staircase was narrow and inconveniently blocked off from the rest of the space by walls.||The wide staircase faces the entry and is centrally located. The walls around it have been removed, creating an open floor plan.|
|There was no line of sight from the front entry to the back door, so the house felt closed off and dark.||It’s easy to see around the stairs to the back of the house, where glass doors opening out to the backyard admit natural light.|
|The stairs were an eyesore, with a rickety old wood railing.||The clean-lined staircase combines blocks of wood and a glass railing that emphasize their sculptural shape.|
|The stairs were too narrow and closed off to admit light from the second floor.||Two skylights above the stairwell bathe the main floor in natural light.|