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From dump to dream ... a complete renovation of a row house

They've done it again. Washington D.C. design duo Adams & Duke have taken an utter dive and created a dream home with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. There's even a lower level suite. Sonia first shared Adams & Duke's work back in August and it caused quite a sensation. Now the second project is complete. You won't believe the change after the jump. Yes you have to step warily through the before shots first but that only makes the afters even more spectacular. I would have run screaming from the original house. Hard work, good design and real estate savvy pay off big time.

The befores ...

A teaser to give you hope ...

Back to the horror ...

And now the afters ....

Reader Comments (50)


8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

this house is a dream!!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudith

Simply amazing!!! I love the subway tile in the kitchen . . . hands down my favorite part!
Great post!
Lots of Love

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshli

a total renovation. thought it was small house, turn inside wow spacious enough, how many square meter is this house?

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiniek

Wow what a transformation, you could've never guessed the before existed. Looks great!


8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCass

Great Job!!! I wonder what was the cost of the reno.. Looks like there were some leakage.. the original house would have me running & screaming out from the house. LOVE the curb appeal.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbbt

OMG (I don't use that phrase in serious everyday conversation but I think the befores needed that). How was that place even still standing. Are they storing pots in a whole in the ceiling!!! Gorgeous after though.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Great job.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeve

One word, WOW!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie


8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

This is absolutely incredible and inspiring (especially when I'm in the middle of renovations myself). What a smart way to use space!!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllynSheyr

WOW! What an amazing transformation! The finished space is very clever, thoughtful and livable! I love it!
Thanks for the inspiration!

They have managed to make it look like a very beautiful, real 'home' not a just renovated one. I am in awa.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Inspiring desire :o)))

this is just plain AMAZING! totally impressive. a friend of mine is renovating an old german frame house from 1890 and i can't wait to see that result. but when i see this renovation i have hope for her as well. ;-) thanks for sharing

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

Sometimes one view is not enough to see it all. I visit this post twice, it's great what they have done
Thanks Emie le Noble-Wempe

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmie

Very nice and very tasteful. A house to live in and to feel comfortable in. Well done!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTK

Not for the faint hearted! but what a result! amazing!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commenterselina

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of DC homes - they tend to be very very narrow. I like what they've done with it - amazing transformation- though I wish they'd use fewer subway tiles.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Bravo. What a fantastic job. The bathrooms and kitchen are just perfect. The floors, the paint colors -- dreamyl

The duct tape and old quilt leak repair on the before shots made me snort-laugh! A little duct tape can fix anything.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchrista

A stunning transformation!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSing

I love everything about this place... except the before pictures that make me want to take a shower (!) What an amazing job!

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAislin

LOVE THIS. One of the best before and afters I've ever seen. Seriously.

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

it is very interesting, how much does it cost to do so incredible changes?

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commenterunloved

That's amazing! Now anyone would be proud to call that their home

8 Dec 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrooth

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