Vallen Design Studio

16th Street Heights renovation & porch addition


Early 20th century row houses often have multiple bedrooms concentrated on the second floor, with one (or in rare cases two) small bathrooms that must be shared by everyone in the family. The main design task on this home involved creating a retreat for the homeowners out of a formerly unused attic. We designed and built a custom headboard as the centerpiece of the master bedroom, with his-and-hers shelving and task lighting. Additional built-in storage and shelving was inserted into formerly unusable spaces in the eaves, making the space both useful and cozy. We inserted a large master bath with a separate water closet, a walk-in shower with multiple heads including a rain shower head, a soaking tub, and his-and-hers vanities. (We limited our photographs to the master bath out of respect for the family's privacy.) With the second floor all to themselves for the first time, the kids were treated with an updated hall bath. And, for everyone's enjoyment, we rebuilt the rear screen porch and added a large rear deck for outdoor entertaining. With all of these improvements, the home became significantly more comfortable for the whole family and their guests.