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BARASH-WALD Residence,
Washington, DC

This was the first joint house renovation project the newlyweds took on as they settled into their new life together. The old kitchen was stripped out down to drywall and wood floors to create a warm, high-tech kitchen, reflecting the high style of the new couple.

The pre-existing oak floors remain but new cherry cabinets and granite counters highlight the high-tech lighting and leaded glass upper cabinet doors with interior lighting. The clear story windows of the south window wall was enhanced with reeded glass to match that of the cabinets to unify the new with the existing. Stainless steel appliances, bar pulls and lots of mirror, enhance this character as well. We added a pair of large, floor to ceiling mirrors at the bottom of the central stair case to reflect the natural light from the south window wall, into the north facing living room. This mirror system also visually enlarges the space and connects the previously separated spaces into one large, loft-like living space so while cooking in the kitchen, the chef can still be part of the conversation, and entertainment in the living room.

New low-voltage halogen lighting throughout provides excellent working light and shows-off the wonderful egg yolk colored walls, while dimmed, these lights combined with the subtle lighting in the upper, glass faced cabinets, shift the mood to romantic and intimate.

The new powder room tucked under the mid-house staircase, combines what was 3 small closets into a visually expansive space. With clever use of mirrored walls to visually expand the space, the vessel sink and wall mounted waterfall faucet crown this wonderful modern upgrade.