Illumination House

Bethesda, Maryland
Architect
  • Mario Pareja, Umar Pareja Architecture
Location
  • Bethesda, Maryland
  • Nestled in a community of modern mid-century homes near Washington, DC, Illumination House represents a complete sustainable restoration and expansion of this 1960s house purchased in 2015 with many of the original (outdated and decrepit) features. There were four objectives that guided the project: 1) Go Green – increase the energy efficiency of the home, 2) Light it Up – maximize natural lighting throughout, 3) Raise the Roof – increase ceiling heights where feasible to make the rooms feel bigger, and 4) Make it Multigenerational – add a new kitchenette and an in-law suite centered around a common courtyard.

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    Illumination house courtyard provides entrances to the main residence and a separate entrance to the in-law suite. Photo  of Illumination House modern home

    Illumination house courtyard provides entrances to the main residence and a separate entrance to the in-law suite.

    The master bath features Ikea Godmorgan cabinets with custom, reclaimed wood drawer fronts. Photo 2 of Illumination House modern home

    The master bath features Ikea Godmorgan cabinets with custom, reclaimed wood drawer fronts.

    A curbless master shower is light and airy. Photo 3 of Illumination House modern home

    A curbless master shower is light and airy.

    Galaxy removed a hallway above the entry way to open up the space. Photo 4 of Illumination House modern home

    Galaxy removed a hallway above the entry way to open up the space.

    The kitchen features a reclaimed wood installation by artist Blake Sloane from Hyattsville, MD. Photo 5 of Illumination House modern home

    The kitchen features a reclaimed wood installation by artist Blake Sloane from Hyattsville, MD.