Renovation 1662

Renovation 1662

Robert M. Gurney Architect
Washington D.C., DC, USA | View Map
Project Year
Private Houses
Anice Hoachlander
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Translucent Wall System Kalwall
Decorative LightingLouis Poulsen
ManufacturersMagis spa
Classic Line Western Window Systems
ManufacturersVELUX Commercial

Product Spec Sheet
Translucent Wall System
Decorative Lighting
Classic Line

Renovation 1662

Robert M. Gurney Architect as Architects

Located in historic Georgetown, this project transforms a tiny, traditional rowhouse into an open, modern dwelling for a family of four. The existing house comprised 2 bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms. The kitchen was in the basement and the family of four shared one bathroom. Living areas were compartmentalized and disconnected from a long linear garden. A narrow addition allows for access to the basement and an egress window for a middle bedroom on the third floor.


The two bedrooms in the existing house are redesigned with ceilings taken up to the roof line – exposing the dormer in the front and adding a skylight in the back. These rooms are now flooded with natural light. The rooms in the addition, a master suite on the second level with a living room below, benefit from tall ceilings that counteract their narrow widths. Glass is used to extend these interior spaces to the exterior and make them feel generous and calm. Exposed brick and stone walls, Danish Douglas fir floors, and rich cabinetry create a warm but minimal interior aesthetic. This clean modern addition and whole house renovation is an honest witness to its existence in today’s realm, and not a throwback replica of the past.


Material Used :
1. Windsor Windows & Doors – Pinnacle Clad
2. Western Window Systems – Classic Line 
3. Kalwall – Translucent Wall System 

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