When designer Breeze Giannasio first saw her clients’ row house located in Washington DC’s hip Dupont Circle neighborhood, -she knew she had a challenge on her hands. Though the home had fantastic bones and boasted historic architectural details common in a classic Federal row house, it was run-down and in need of some serious upgrading and renovations. Luckily, though, Giannasio was willing to take on the project and help the couple—who, at the time, had just become new parents—transform the dated house into an open and seamless floor plan that was ideal for a fun, growing family.
“When I leave, it should look like I was never there,” says Katja van der Loo, CEO of Papyrus Home Design, a Boonton, New Jersey interior design firm. She’s describing the desired end result after a remodeling project. “Whatever style the kitchen is, if it is in keeping [with] and respectful to the architecture of the home, I think that’s when it’s most successful. This bright kitchen would look awful in a different type of house. In this house, it looks incredible,” she says.
In keeping with some things to think about before you buy your dream lake home, we thought we’d point you towards some great lake home design ideas. Lisa Frederick on homeportfolio.com has created a stunning slide show of 8 Great Lake House Design Ideas that will get those creative juices flowing.