Before + After: Row House Redux

Trout Design Studio overhauls a vintage row house in DC with a chic kitchen warmed by wood

After buying an 1892 row house in Dupont Circle, the owners anticipated a simple facelift—but as often happens, the project snowballed. Architect Michael Lee Beidler of Trout Design Studio masterminded a whole-house renovation that instilled a modern sensibility throughout, with an emphasis on wood. “The husband comes from a lumber family,” he explains, “and the presence of wood is very important to him.”

Case in point: the remodeled kitchen, which is distinguished by solid-walnut cabinetry and shelving fabricated by Gaston & Wyatt. Soapstone tops the counters and a handmade ceramic-tile backsplash continues into the pantry, located behind a walnut door to the left of the range.

Beidler’s plan removed a wall to create a living/dining/kitchen area at the back of the house that spills outside via a wall of glass. A steel column connects to a 24-inch steel ceiling beam that supports the home’s weight. Beidler appropriated the adjacent dogleg court to enlarge the kitchen; light pours into this single-story addition through a skylight above. A new stair is bordered by a hand-wrought, steel-and-brass railing.

Renovation Architecture: Michael Lee Beidler, principal, Trout Design Studio, Inc., Washington, DC. Interior Design: Michael Hampton, Inc., Washington, DC. Contractor: ILEX, Washington, DC.