an upgrade from builder-grade luxury to true luxury

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, an 11-story condominium built in 2000 in DC's West End neighborhood, comes with all of the luxury services you would expect from a name such as Ritz-Carlton: a doorman, 24-hour security, a porter, dedicated concierge service, and valet parking in a secure private garage. Every detail in the lobby is beautiful, and the elevator cabs are dazzling.

As with most large luxury condominium buildings, though, all units in the Ritz-Carlton started out with similar fixtures and finishes, reflecting the high end of the luxury market from the early 2000s. Our client wanted to take his condominium up a couple notches and to insert a timeless, elegant style that reflected his aesthetic sensibilities.

Aggregate’s task in this renovation was somewhat unusual. While we didn’t fundamentally change the size or placement of any of the rooms in the condominium, re-engineering a surprisingly inefficient HVAC system allowed us to eliminate many unsightly ducts and soffits, and transform each room from floor to ceiling. In the end, with an essentially unchanged layout, we had thoroughly reworked every room in the home.

The unit’s original finishes and fixtures were replaced with a portfolio of elegant if somewhat understated features. We designed our most extensive millwork package ever, touching virtually every wall in the unit. The original ceramic tile, berber-carpeted and pre-finished wood floors were replaced with travertine stone and bleached white oak with a subtle gray stain. Bath fixtures and tile were sourced from Waterworks. We designed and built custom cabinets for the kitchen, baths, master bedroom and living room. The original white-painted wood handrail made way for a beautiful custom-crafted bronze handrail, connecting all three levels of the home. Lighting was sourced by the owner from Thomas Pheasant’s Baker collection, Vaughan Lighting and Fine Art. Builder-grade interior doors were replaced with solid mahogany doors from Trustile Reserve, and solid brass and nickel Nanz hardware was fitted to doors and cabinets throughout the home. On the two balconies, we installed custom teak trellises and planters, with automated sunshades from Corradi. And on the roof deck, a custom pergola with a retractable roof system from Corradi, teak trellis and planters, and wonderfully warm teak interlocking decking underfoot.

In the end, standing in any room in the home, the new is unrecognizable from the old.

For some before & after comparisons, click here (PDF).

In collaboration with: Palindrome Design (interior design)
Builder: Accent General Contracting
Project status: completed 2015