What Did It Used To Be?
Shacks and Sheds
The right to own and stuff outbuildings is part of the American tradition. Farms have barns, wood sheds, corn cribs, and silos. In the cities, we have carriage houses and garages. The suburbs have guest houses, pool houses, gazebos and even more garages. But sometimes even that is not enough room.
Take a peek into our backyards and you’ll see that our love for small buildings and the stuff inside keeps growing. Some of these structures perform particular functions and some are just miniature warehouses for our extra junk. But when design professionals take on the task of putting together a mini-storage unit, sheds and shacks ascend to another level.
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Saddle Up - Converted Livery Stable
Although the joys of living in a historic building located in a happening neighborhood would seem to hold enough appeal for anybody, Courtney Rose’s husband Brad had a different agenda when he bought into the rear section of 1209 13 Street NW Washington DC in 2007. “He asked the realtor to find him the coolest bachelor pad in town,” says Courtney. The couple was dating at the time, so she had a say-so in the purchase which happened while the unit was still under construction.
Former Office Building Becomes Family Home
Loft spaces are typically carved from commercial buildings that date from the industrial revolution. Since DC manufactures policy and paper there aren’t any genuine loft centric buildings in town. But the Browns found something they thought might work – the former headquarters of the DC Lung Association on H street, just west of Chinatown.
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From Embassies To Home
Ever roll down 16 Street or cruise up Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC and picture yourself in one of those fine buildings entertaining a room full of dudes with diplomatic plates? Well grab your tuxedo and your bathing suit, it’s time to sample some embassy living.
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