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Name: Private Residence
Location: Northwest Washington, DC
Role: Architect / Builder

Brief Description: Ponte Mellor Architects, Ltd. (PMA) Working in Design/Build mode with Edgemoor Custom Builders, Ponte Mellor Architects transformed the interior of a 1980s era two level condominium in the west end of Washington DC to reflect the tastes of the widely traveled owner. Beginning with a claustrophobic and dated floor plan, PMA removed every wall on the main entry level between the front door and the exterior view which highlights the National Cathedral through the wall to ceiling perimeter windows.  Natural light, formerly unavailable in the kitchen, now fills the space.  The design concept emphasizes the level changes by virtue of a continuous plinth under the fireplace which also forms a stone base for the reworked staircase. The floors are an elegant dark cherry that contrasts with the stone, including the transition step between levels.  Ceiling heights in the main space were raised by rerouting of ductwork.  The kitchen is compact but forms a major point of interest in the space with its striking zebra wood cabinetry.  Upstairs, the master bedroom and second bedroom remains, but a new space was carved out of closet space to form an intimate office for the owner.  The master bath received special attention and a reworking of the old plan to create much more open experience with a floating frameless glass shower lending a spacious feeling to the relatively small space.  PMA and Edgemoor Custom Builders, working with the Owner, obtained the DC building permit through the “kiosk” system in one day.