In the kitchen/dining area, Shaker-style gray cabinets complement a vivid accent wall.
The front façade has been restored.
The back boasts a fresh, modern look.
BEFORE: The rear façade.
The clean-lined powder room is clad in contemporary-style subway tile.
One master bath is styled with timeless marble.
A second master bath conveys a modern look.
BEFORE: The second master bath.

Fresh Start

A Columbia Heights row house gets a new lease on life from Finesse Design Remodeling

A 110-year-old row house in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood went from dingy and dated to fresh and modern in the hands of Finesse Design Remodeling. The design/build firm rebuilt the dilapidated front porch, enhancing the home’s historic character with fixes to the front façade. Inside, original parquet floors were restored and matching millwork added.

A modern, two-story addition measuring six-by-10 feet created a sunny nook in the clean-lined kitchen, which is now open to the adjacent dining area. The addition also encompasses a powder room tiled in vibrant blue. The second level was reconfigured to accommodate two new master-bedroom suites; one master bath, lined in marble, occupies the addition.

In contrast to the front, the rear façade is bold and contemporary. The addition is clad in smooth, vertical HardiePlank siding in a charcoal hue, while a sliding-glass door opens to a new deck backed by a brick wall painted chartreuse.

Renovation Design & Contracting: Elizabeth Mitchel, Finesse Design Remodeling LLC, Springfield, Virginia. Photography: Kenneth M. Wyner.