Vintage Charm – Joe Ireland puts a fresh face on classic style in a turn-of-the-century Washington home

Home & Design Story with Joe Ireland - BOWA Cleaveland Park DC Renovation

Featured In: Home & Design, May/June 2018

Excerpt:  “When it comes to real estate, the word “development” conjures images of bland neighborhoods stocked with cookie-cutter houses. Yet the DC area brims with charming residential enclaves that are, in fact, developments. Representing eras ranging from late-Victorian to Mid-Century Modern, many boast their own architectural vernacular. Case in point: a wide, tree-shaded street in Northwest DC lined with foursquare, post-Victorian homes. All are clad in painted stucco, adorned with gracious porches and bordered by picturesque picket fences.

A couple purchased one of these abodes in the mid-1980s, hired… …Leaving the layout intact, he and his team transformed the house from the ground up, gutting and redesigning the basement, bathrooms and kitchen, adding architectural flourishes and furnishing many spaces anew. “We introduced elements of the designs
created by the architect into other rooms to keep the look consistent,” Ireland notes. “Consistency was one of the springboards for the design.”…”

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