top to bottom update in Georgetown

When relocating to Washington DC from New York City, this family purchased a large 4-story home in historic Georgetown, where many of the houses date from the late 1700s to early 1900s. Only this house was not colonial-era, or turn-of-the-century, even. Rather, it was built as part of a new development covering an entire city block, in 1980. While the exterior proportions and materials are appropriately elegant for the neighborhood, the interior was 1980s builder grade, and showing its age.

In the renovation, Aggregate substantially revised the layout and flow on the main level and in the basement, to modernize and open the spaces up. Walls were removed between the kitchen and dining room, between the entry hall and the living room, and surrounding the four-level staircase, to bring light and openness into the whole house.

A structural glass panel, lit internally with LED lights, was inserted along the floor at the rear of the house in between the first floor and basement, adding a dramatic architectural element, and a great deal of light to the basement.

The configuration of the second-floor master suite was actually very satisfying to the new owners, and remained largely unchanged: enter from the main stair hall into a central sitting/reading room, a large private bedroom at the rear of the home, and his-and-hers bathrooms facing the street. Everything was substantially updated, though, with a particular focus on updating the layout and features of the two large bathrooms.

Changes to the three bedrooms and two full baths on the top floor were mainly cosmetic.

The scope included a new kitchen and bathrooms, of course, as well as all new solid walnut interior doors; new wide-plank hardwood floors; a full millwork package for the kitchen, dining room, basement and master suite; new (historically correct) windows and exterior doors; and lighting, finish and paint selections.

In collaboration with: Palindrome Design (interior design)
Builder: Think Make Build LLC
Project completion: Fall 2016