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PHOTO SHOOT DAY

It's a photo shoot day.  Photographing a project sounds exciting and fun, and it is really rewarding to see beautiful images emerge from months of hard work . . . but it also involves a lot of un-glamourous minutiae like moving razors and soap out of showers.  Photo shoots also take a lot of time away from the office (hence our Saturday shoot) . . . This is why most architects (DD included) photograph a small fraction of the work they complete.  

DC TO CT

We are excited to be working on an addition to this antique Connecticut farmhouse. When one of our wonderful DC clients moved to Connecticut, they brought us along.  When working with a house this old, we try to touch the original structure as delicately as possible. The original floors and beams are intact & gorgeous. 

 

ADAMS MORGAN

The main drag of Adams Morgan is looking a little bedraggled, and we are here to help. We are excited to be bringing one building on the East side of 18th Street (below) and one building on the West side of 18th Street back to life. Both buildings have housed only grey furry residents (we're not talking cats . . .) for quite a while.  It's time for some human occupants above & some great retail tenants below!  Major changes will happen on the interior.  Both facades will be lovingly restored.

CLOSET AMERICA

We've designed a lot of cool closets for our residential clients, but now we're designing the mother of all closets . . . Closet America's new showroom.  They build their closets next to the showroom:  here's a peek into the factory.  

A FARMHOUSE NEAR THE CITY

It's fun to watch an early sketch become the "real deal" - in this case, a new house on a large site in McLean.  We are still missing some grass on this construction site, but we are getting close!

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A REAL DOG OF A PROJECT . . .

We're so excited to start work on District Dog's first doggy daycare facility on Georgia Avenue.  We usually spend a lot of time thinking about the needs of our human clients . . . it will be fun to consider our four legged friends.  Office dog anyone?  

{UPDATE} We are also happy to have successfully represented District Dogs before the BZA.  Washington, DC is a complicated jurisdiction in which to do business.  We love helping small businesses navigate the maze!

GEORGETOWN FURNITURE SHOWROOM

This underwhelming pile of metal studs is about to become an awesome Georgetown furniture showroom.  We can't say which brands yet . . . but their work is beautiful, and we're honored to be their DC design team.  One of the best parts of this job is watching the dramatic transformation happen week by week.  

THE MISSION

Our office was thrilled to be hired to consult on unit layouts for The Mission (the new project on 14th Street that houses 51 residential units . . . as well as Shinola).  We also love when there are synergies between District Design and our office mates - the graphic designers at Spoolia.  Below is Spoolia's beautiful branding work for the Mission:

14TH STREET BARRE 3!

We're so thrilled to be designing the new Barre 3 (1832 14th Street - next to Room & Board).  Construction is underway, and it's slated to open early next year.  The owner, Alicia Sokol, is the wellness guru behind weeklygreens . . . and a walking advertisement for Barre 3.  She's also our most important type of client:  a referral from another client and, now, a repeat customer.  Thank you Alicia!  

ONE CHIC HOSTEL

We had never thought to use the words chic and hostel in the same sentence, but that was before we met our super-cool client who is opening exactly that by combining two historic row houses.  Here are a few of our initial finish thoughts:

A 14TH STREET MYSTERY

We're psyched to be working on a new project next to Room & Board on 14th Street.  What's going there?  We can't say yet, but stay tuned . . .

PLEASANT POPS

We're excited to be designing Pleasant Pop's new cafe near the White House!  Here's a sketch of what's coming.  

NYC OFFICE TRANSFORMATION

We overhauled DBC PR's New York City office - one month start to finish . . . furnishings, art, removing a few walls:  DONE.

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AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

MICRO-UNITS

Construction has wrapped up on our 25 micro-units in a re-purposed Capitol Hill commercial building!

MEMORY LANE [AKA FLORIDA AVENUE]

In the grey DC winter, we're especially grateful for our light-filled corner office (with the most wonderful coffee from our friends across the street at Pleasant Pops).  We bought the building in 2011, and promptly became our own worst client:  high maintenance, no time, no budget, no patience.  It was worth the hassle & hustle, though . . . and now it's about time for office-improvement-round-two.

BEFORE [brick that is painted red = baffling . . .]

BEFORE [brick that is painted red = baffling . . .]

Our building used to be a Corner Market.  Neighborhood lore is that the "market" was a front for something else because of the oddball hours and inventory (think bleach & a blueberry muffin) . . .  

AFTER

AFTER

MUGS, MUGS, MUGS

MUGS, MUGS, MUGS

STIMULIGHT-ED

Finding the right light fixture is not easy.  Sometimes our first picks are the price of a small car (like this beauty from Ochre).   

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Budgetary reality then prompts an epic hunt.  6000 clicks and four days later, LOOK AT THIS:  a cool little company called Stimulight saves the day.     

But does it look as good IRL?  Yes!  It arrived intact, and it's love at first sight.  Here it is in a "man cave" we designed:

THE STIMULIGHT IN OUR PROJECT

THE STIMULIGHT IN OUR PROJECT