Illumination House

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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a complete sustainable restoration and expansion of this 1960s house purchased in 2015 with many of the original (outdated and decrepit) features.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 homeView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Pendant Lighting, Range, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, Range Hood, Recessed Lighting, Dishwasher, and Open Cabinet. The kitchen features a reclaimed wood installation by artist Blake Sloane from Hyattsville, MD. Photo 5 of Illumination HouseView Photos

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

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  • Mario Pareja, Umar Pareja Architecture

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