Modest Growth

EL Studio transforms a cramped bungalow with a modest, well thought-out addition

A young family with two small children needed more space but didn’t want their home to feel vast or impersonal. Bucking the trend towards demolishing older, smaller homes in favor of new over-scaled “farmhouses,” they hired EL Studio to expand their one-story bungalow with an appropriately scaled addition. A carport and efficiency apartment on the first floor made way for an addition containing a first-floor playroom and a partial second story with side-by-side kids’ bedrooms with a connecting bath and a new master suite. The playroom accesses the garden through a covered porch tucked under the master suite. South-facing roof apertures capture and direct daylight deep into the north-facing playroom and porch. Expansive windows frame views to the yard.

Elizabeth Emerson and Mark Lawrence launched EL Studio 10 years ago with the goal of creating innovative, contemporary architecture. With a staff of five, they execute 10 to 15 projects a year starting at $500,000. The firm has offices in New York City as well as DC.

1319 Naylor Court, NW
Washington, DC, 20001