Smooth Transition

Gilday Renovations transforms a dated 1970s house into a light-filled, modern abode

A Bethesda couple was drawn to a rundown 1970s home by its tree-lined lot and abundant natural light. However, the house needed work; they hired Gilday Renovations for an update that would reflect their modern aesthetic and create more functional living space. On the wish list was an open floor plan; lower-level his-and-her offices; and a first-floor master suite. They also wanted to impart curb appeal to the dingy front façade.

Gilday’s team streamlined the home’s exterior by removing two decorative balconies and adding clean-lined definition with Corten steel panels framing the windows. An overhang at the front entry was extended and a ramshackle carport became a garage

Inside, the team removed the dining room and kitchen walls to create an open floor plan, installing a banquette beneath an existing skylight for a bright breakfast nook. The new kitchen, with its sleek, textured-melamine cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops, flows into a cheerful family room. Pale oak floors unify the airy main level.

Award: Finalist, Entire House $750,001 to $1 million. Renovation Design & Construction: Gilday Renovations, Silver Spring, Maryland.