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The farmhouse sink is located between fridge and stove. The ladder can roll or be lifted off its pole and moved.

A shallow cabinet and countertop along one wall hold small appliances.



In the bathroom, Farrow & Ball Wisteria wallpaper complements iridescent-glass tiles in the shower enclosure.

Translucent linen café curtains behind the tub are edged in periwinkle trim.

The vintage dresser was converted into a vanity, complete with a decorative basin and gleaming brass hardware.


Martz selected vintage elements in the kitchen, but gave them a modern slant.

Before+After: Kitchen & Bath

Todd Martz puts a creative spin on the kitchen and bath in a circa-1885, Northwest DC Victorian


Then Now
The small space allotted to the kitchen was poorly laid out, with the sink being the first thing guests saw upon entry. The stove sat farther along the same wall. Martz moved the sink and positioned  the paneled fridge facing the doorway.  The stove occupies the far end, creating  a focal point.
Typical of old homes, there was a shortage of storage. Though the ceilings are high, the space above the existing cabinetry was not  being utilized. An additional row of upper cabinetry creates storage space; the owners reach the upper cabinets via a ladder that slides around the kitchen on wheels.
Dated cabinets and materials were budget-grade and boring. Crisp, white cabinets are offset by  custom-colored encaustic-cement floor tile. Martz installed a backsplash of painted-tin  ceiling tiles.


Then Now
The master bath was small and its two doorways made it doubly difficult to find wall space for necessities. A hallway door was closed off, leaving just the door to the bedroom and freeing up wall space.
Though an adjacent light well brightened the bathroom via a transom window, the light well  was just wasted space. Martz incorporated the light well into the new bathroom; it now houses a comfortable shower enclosure with a skylight overhead.
The original bath was dated and rundown, but retained Victorian details. While the new bath features a clawfoot tub and a repurposed 19th-century dresser, it also introduces vibrant, modern colors and patterns.

Interior, Kitchen & Bath Design: Todd Martz, Todd Martz Interiors, Alexandria, Virginia.  Contractor: Certified Services LLC, Springfield, Virginia.

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