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KUBE Architecture renovated a row house in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood for a couple in their 70’s. Named the Salt & Pepper House, the home marks a start for the homeowners who were married during the construction process. Their love of cooking and art collecting helped dictate the color palette, which included white walls and black steel, inspired by salt and pepper. The white also acts as a backdrop to their art collection.

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Everything from the original house was removed leaving just the brick walls, structural frame, and the outdoor space.

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The second floor at the back of the house was removed to allow for a double-height living and dining room, which opens up to the garden.

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A new steel structure replaced the back wall allowing for large panels of windows.

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A central core houses all of the service spaces, including an elevator, and allows for circulation around it.

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A seating area is located upstairs overlooking the living room and dining room.

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Aging was taken into account during the design and the architects made sure to include things like an open shower with roll-in access and grab bars in the master bathroom.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.