Renovation of the Farrow Residence
3602 Newark Street, NW, Washington, DC
History and Description of the Project
This 1899 residence near the Washington Cathedral in NW, Washington DC had survived multiple renovations (both fortunate and unfortunate) over the most recent decades of the last century. The new owner wished to make improvements for her purposes, including the creation of a light and inviting family room out of a previously dark, damp and dusty basement with a low ceiling, and the renovation of the kitchen. The project grew into the renovation of the majority of the house, including all bedrooms and baths on the second floor.
The new basement-level family room was created by excavating a portion of the basement in order to create a reasonable ceiling height, and by opening a south-facing foundation wall to a new outdoor terrace with a new stair to the pool terrace in the rear yard. This provided an easy and pleasant connection to the indoor and outdoor living spaces. A new bathroom and pool changing room was created in the basement.