31st Street, Georgetown DC
150 Years Young: Renovation of Historic Georgetown Row Home
This exciting project was a complete renovation and rejuvenation of a classic Georgetown row home. The historic property was originally built in the civil war era circa 1863. The materials and methods to construct this home were very revealing and truly fostered an appreciation of the craftsmanship of the past.
The demo phase of historically significant properties can be very insightful. Old newspapers and advertisement stuffed in the walls almost narrate the history of a home. This particular home’s walls revealed the construction trades’ affinity for drinking as dozens of antique liquor bottles and beer cans laid hidden behind close walls.
The grandeur of the original home is undeniable. The oversized millwork, carved marble fireplace mantels, and massive double hung windows provide a strong sense of nostalgia for the past. When we embarked on this renovation project, we wanted to pay the proper homage to the many architecturally significant features of the property while giving this home the TLC that it needs. The dated mechanical systems were totally revamped with new high efficiency equipment. The original masonry fireplaces were restored to useable condition with new dampers and chimney liners and rebuilt as necessary. The highly restricted galvanized plumbing pipe was replace throughout with thick – walled copper. The old insulation was replaced with Icynene foam insulation for improved energy conservation.
Staying true to the home’s classic architectural theme, modern amenities were introduced. The kitchen and bathrooms throughout were totally renovated with custom cabinetry, stone tops, and tile reminiscent of a bye gone era. The wide plank, heart pine flooring was exquisitely refinished and brought back to life. Abundant built-in cabinetry was integrated throughout the renovation. An attractive mudroom addition was added to provide utility and much needed storage. Windows were replaced with energy efficient historic replications in the rear of the house. The outside was also enhanced with an impressive flagstone courtyard and pool surround.