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A 1920 DC Bungalow Before and After

By, Addie Merrick-Phang

Not everyone is dying to take on a fixer upper, but Jarid’s 1920’s Bungalow in NW DC wasn’t just any old house. This home had been passed down from generation to generation. His childhood memories centered around the home and he wanted his children to share those same wonderful experiences. However, along with it’s style, functionality had become a thing of the past for this home. With the last kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel being several decades ago, it was time to bring his home back up to date to better suit Jarid’s young family.

He needed to update the home without comprising it’s cherished character. He found the team at Merrick Design and Build Inc. through Houzz and chose us to rework the feel and function of his home’s beloved kitchen and bathrooms.

While the home had good strong bones in it’s framework, the kitchen was tight and simply had a poor layout. Increasing storage and counter space was the main goal of the project so, four different zones were created; a prep space around the farm house sink, a chef’s zone along the opposite wall, a snack center and a large pantry.

In the prep zone, upper cabinets were sacrificed for a large set of windows to brighten up the wide spans of counter top. Everything needed for a meal can be pulled out and organized prior to getting started, just like on all the families favorite cooking shows. And the best part? There is still room for multiple cooks! After all the prepping, a pull out trash bin and undermount apron sink make clean up effortless.

The chef zone makes a real statement. Part of the wall was opened up to create a direct entry to the dining room. The rest of the wall space houses the beautiful red wine collection, six burner stove and BlueStar range. Tall upper cabinet’s conceal the vent hood and protect priceless family china kept away for special occasions. Additional wall cabinets extend down to the counter top, flanking each side of the range to keep more frequently used items within arms reach.

The snack zone is the kid’s favorite spot, right off of the TV den. It has a microwave drawer and French door refrigerator with a pull out freezer so all their favorite things are just a few feet away

To expand the square footage and add even more storage space, an old screened-in porch was repurposed as a large pantry complete with floor to ceiling cabinetry.

The functional layout is enhanced by the vintage feel of the remodeled kitchen. The extra high maple cabinets, from Merillat, are topped off by multiple rows of crown molding that tie in beautifully with the homes original charm. The honed Virginia Mist granite counter tops add and old world touch while being both heat and scratch resistant ensuring that they will look brand new for years to come.

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Kids Bathroom Before & After

While the kitchen design was the focal point, Jarid knew he couldn’t put all his eggs in one basket with this project. The home’s bathrooms were equally out dated. They had original tile that was cracking and poor water pressure throughout the house. The space in the bathrooms was limited so re-working the layout was not a viable option. Rather, our design team focused on style.

Just like in the kitchen, storage and space were a concern in the bathrooms. To add both of these elements Merillat vanities were used with engineered quartz Cambria tops.  To maximize the floor space in both bathrooms the clunky radiators were replaced with wall hung runtal units that serve dual purposes, to heat the space and act as towel warmers.

The kid’s bathroom was designed to be something they could grown into. Timeless elements such as white subway tile and traditional chrome fixtures were used to make the space feel polished. The Master bathroom is even smaller and Jarid chose to make the most of the space by having it reflect his fun personality. The shower is tiled from floor to ceiling with St. Alban’s Blue Mosaic fireclay tile. And a Kohler Moxi shower head brings music to his daily routine from any Bluetooth device.

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Master Bathroom Before & After

From the initial design concept all the way through to the final touches, Jarid’s Whole Home Renovation took him and our team eight months and cost around $330,000 to complete.  We worked together to design spaces that met all of the families needs. Over the months, a tight bond formed between Jarid’s family and our team; head designer, Lindsay Keiser, and lead carpenter, Josh Truby. All of Merrick’s design build projects come with a five year warranty and we have a top notch Handyman crew ready to take on any fix it projects.  We now look forward to a long relationship with Jarid and his home for years to come.

To see even more pictures from this timeless remodel see Jarid’s project on our Additions/Renovations Page.