Rome House

Mount Washington


Remodel and interior design of an 880 square foot 1953 post & beam hillside home.


The original 880 square foot home had good bones with many of its original features still intact, but it had limited storage and the kitchen and bathroom were in need of updating. With a few simple moves, including removing a wall separating the kitchen from the main space and enlarging an existing window opening in the kitchen, the home was transformed into an airy, light-filled space, strengthening connections between the living spaces and the garden outside.

With the kitchen as the focal point of the living space, care was taken to create a design that did not overwhelm the space.  A new island serves as the main gathering area. Open plywood shelves float in-front of frameless glass, framing garden views and providing a display for the owner’s ceramic collections.

A new skylight in the serene bathroom fills the space with natural light.  A blue plywood and laminate vanity floats over the polished concrete floor below and playing off the existing neutral house finishes, tile colors were selected to visually enlarge the small space.

The small bedroom benefits from a large glass window at the foot of the bed with sunrise views over the City beyond.

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Photos © Stuart Gow