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Construction update: Petworth Open-concept

It’s been over 2 months since we posted updates on this townhouse renovation, so as you can imagine there has been a lot of progress. During that time-span wall framing, ductwork, insulation, plumbing, electrical wiring and a new TPO roof was installed. Spray foam insulation was installed at the addition walls to seal any openings in the existing side walls that were retained. During demolition we discovered that the old roof access was concealed with drywall as part of one of the numerous renovations over the years. A new roof access hatch with folding ladder was installed above the main Read More

Punch List: Kingman Park Bathroom Remodel

Last week we did a punch list review for our Kingman Park Master Suite project. The project consisted of gutting the entire second floor of a townhouse to create a main bedroom suite, guest bath, laundry, office and bedroom. We started design back in late January and received a permit 4 weeks later. After 2-1/2 months of construction our client moved in last week. There are still a few outstanding items like the main bathroom shower glass and some adjustments to the new low profile radiators but we’re almost there. More details on renderings, floor plan transformation & construction photos Read More

Residential design in the era of COVID-19

As an architect, I am inspired by the architecture community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those specializing in healthcare. The coronavirus has created a surge of temporary hospitals and testing sites in spaces like convention centers and parking lots. Additionally, global “stay at home orders” has forced us to spend more time at home with our families. With this home life immersion, we’ve enjoyed the perks of telecommuting, but also experienced the shortcomings of not being prepared. I’d like to share some of the COVID-19 residential design issues I’ve noticed while on “lock-down” with my family of four. Virtual Read More

Construction Update: Kingman Park Bathroom Remodel

Construction has been rolling on this second floor renovation for about a month. Walls have been framed, including the new windows for the rear office and bedroom. The existing duct-work has been updated to coordinate with the new second floor layout, which includes adding new registers on the first floor for increased air conditioning supply. While running the new sanitary plumbing lines for the bathrooms, we discovered that the main stack was actually in the middle of the floor. The sanitary lines will now connect to this stack above the kitchen island, so we’ll run a bulkhead the full length Read More

Construction Update: Petworth Open-Concept

Construction of this interior renovation project began last month. Since then demolition of the upper floors has been completed, including excavation of the basement to increase its ceiling height to meet code. The existing second floor framing was not structurally capable of supporting the new “open-concept“ first floor plan, therefore additional floor framing was added. The opening around the existing stair was also widened to increase clearance above the stair. Structural reinforcements included “sistering” new framing to existing joists, and replacing the beams around the stair. Demolition at the rear porch revealed minimal exterior wall framing and a plaster and Read More

Architecture Month 2020: The Architecture & Music of Black Broadway – Run Tour

5/4 Update: The Run Tour has been postponed to October 10, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe! studio lyew is proud to be a part of Architecture Month 2020! Richard will be hosting a run tour that highlights “The Architecture & Music of Black Broadway” on April 25 October 10. Celebrate your city with tours, talks, and more, all April year long… visit aiadc.com/ArchMonth2020 to learn more and book your event! @DCArchCenter #ArchMonthDC This 3.5-mile tour from Columbia Heights to Shaw neighborhoods in Washington, DC will give participants an active and engaging experience focused on the visionaries, businesses, Read More