Choose meaningful embellishments. “Homeowners tend to focus predominantly on the utilitarian components of their kitchen remodels and place less emphasis on decorative elements such as tile, open shelves, visual art pieces,” says Nicole Tysvaer of Galaxy Homes. “The kitchen is the heart of our homes and the most occupied space. I encourage all of our clients to consider meaningful embellishments that add beauty and a personalized touch to their kitchen remodel, such as a display of heirloom teacups, framed photography from family vacations, or decorative wall art.”
Mario Pareja, Umar Pareja Architecture
From Galaxy Homes
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a complete sustainable restoration and expansion of this 1960s house purchased in 2015 with many of the original (outdated and decrepit) features.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.