E/L Studio transformed an 1800’s horse stable that was an abandoned property in a neglected alley in Washington, DC, into an architect’s storefront studio with a home above. The white brick building looks unassuming from the street making the interior quite an unexpected surprise.
The studio on the lower floor is set back from the alley allowing for a separate entrance for the living quarters.
A rolling gate and folding glass wall separate the studio from the street but also allowing it to be completely open during warmer months.
The studio is rather open with views to the backyard. A massive woodblock table runs through the middle of the space for workstations.
I love that they kept everything white except the dark floors and wood desktop.
A narrow space with storage and a stairwell leads to the residence.
These stairs are pretty amazing. Loving the orange handrail and how open they are.
Upstairs, a skylight above the stairs keeps both levels super bright.
Despite the modern transformation, they still managed to keep a lot of the historic charm, like the brick and exposed timber structure.
Hallways on either side of the central volume lead to the bedroom and nursery. Within that volume, there are two bathrooms, a closet, and washer and dryer.
The bedroom and nursery still feel private even though there are no doors separating the spaces.
The master bathroom may be narrow, but it’s efficient and well-designed.
Photos by Pepper Watkins.