Philadelphia Row House Renovation

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By Heather Corcoran
In historic Philadelphia, Jibe Design gives a row home a bright modern update—and a dose of Persian pattern.
Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 1 of 8 - A sunny home office is one of the highlights of the updated Philadelphia row house.

A sunny home office is one of the highlights of the updated Philadelphia row house.

Row houses are a familiar sight in Philadelphia. Though charming, these historic structures can sometimes host awkward and crowded layouts. So when Jibe Design was tasked with renovating one of the city's spaces, designer Juliet Whelan began by exploring the residents' functional needs—a key element of the firm's philosophy.

Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 2 of 8 - A ladder leads to built-in book shelves. 

A ladder leads to built-in book shelves. 

It was clear that the most important change would be the reorganization of the cramped kitchen. The new layout provides more storage, with crisp white cabinetry that contrasts the building's dark wood ceiling beams. Behind the oven, a decorative backdrop is inspired by Persian motifs. 

Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 3 of 8 - A bright new kitchen is the highlight of the renovation. The pattern behind the stove call to mind traditional Persian motifs. A row of windows provides a light-filled alternative to a backsplash behind the sink. 

A bright new kitchen is the highlight of the renovation. The pattern behind the stove call to mind traditional Persian motifs. A row of windows provides a light-filled alternative to a backsplash behind the sink. 


Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 4 of 8 - The original kitchen was cramped and cluttered.

The original kitchen was cramped and cluttered.

Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 5 of 8 - Dark beams contrast the glazing that fills the dining area with light, continuing the home's historic/modern mix. 

Dark beams contrast the glazing that fills the dining area with light, continuing the home's historic/modern mix. 

In addition to the reorganization of the kitchen, the renovation revamped a child's bedroom, while adding a powder room and new family room addition that looks out over the surrounding trees—creating a leafy oasis in the heart of the city. 

Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 6 of 8 - Reorganizing the original kitchen and dining area was one of the main goals of the renovation.

Reorganizing the original kitchen and dining area was one of the main goals of the renovation.

Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 7 of 8 - An addition accommodated a new living area set high up among the surrounding treetops. 

An addition accommodated a new living area set high up among the surrounding treetops. 


Philadelphia Row House Renovation - Photo 8 of 8 - The home's historic exterior belies its modern interior.

The home's historic exterior belies its modern interior.

Cover photo by Sam Oberter  

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