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Music & Arts Atelier

A new three-level contemporary house on a steep slope built for a creative couple who enjoys art and entertainment.

The owners purchased the original 50-year old 1.5-story cottage with an extraordinary plan in mind—to completely transform a small traditional house into a luxury contemporary residence with an art atelier, music studio, and a large entertainment and performance space on the lower level. To implement the owners’ requirement for an entertainment area that would extend beyond the new first and second floor footprint and feature high ceilings and a completely open, column-less space, we creatively addressed the challenge of the structural support for the upper floors. Today, the first floor gourmet kitchen and living room leading to the patio above the lower level open to the dramatically sloped green lawn below. At the front of the house, a new foyer with a bright sunlit stair leads to the second floor. The luxury master bedroom suite features another small private balcony, bringing in a splash of morning sun and a touch of the outdoors. Per the owner’s request, the exterior walls are finished with fiber cement panels and brightly colored corrugated metal siding.
Kensington House front door and porch detail
Kensington House lower level entry detail
Kensington House front facade roof detail
Kensington House front facade detail
Kensington House rear facade balcony detail
Kensington House rear facade
Kensington House front facade entryway detail
Kensington House entry detail
Music & Arts Atelier first floor plan before and after redesign
Pre-visualization showing street facade
Pre-visualization showing entrance on side facade and street facade
Pre-visualization of rear facade
Pre-visualization of rear facade from an angle
Music & Arts Atelier hand-drawn sketch featuring all four facades
Music & Arts Atelier in Kensington, MD 'before' photo