A young architect in the family said, "Don't do it." We did it anyway. The architect was wowed when she saw the end results. For us, the formal entry is the first big bold statement in our design in establishing defined openings and defined spaces. This entry space makes a statement with the recessed panels in the cased openings. The hall closet is outfitted with drawers, which divide the closet into an area for your clothes to hang and your guest's clothes to hang.
There is plenty of trim work here. Four stunning recessed paneled passage ways. Wide Adam's case trim around the doorways and window openings. Large crown molding. Oversized baseboard molding. Six paneled doors. And, the books cases. We looked to London and the English country side from the 18th century for inspiration. It looks like a million dollar finish, because the design cues came from the high end of the real estate market in England and right here in Potomac.
This unit has a kitchen door to bring groceries directly into, so that you do not have to bring them through the living room and dining room. Catering? Use the kitchen door so that guests in the rest of the unit are not disturbed. Time to take the trash out? Use the kitchen door.
In real estate, they it's all about location, location, location. The second floor means you can take the stairs up and down, and God forbid there is a crisis like a fire, you have a quick and easy escape.
The second story balcony is secluded by by trees. It's very rare. This unit may be the only one with this privacy and ambience. People watching or waiting for guests, the lobby is just below.
The same honed and filled travertine marble on the floor throughout the unit is in the bathroom, and in the shower that comes with a seat. Because it is honed and filled, there is grit so it is not slippery like polished marble.
A kitchen is a kitchen, right? Not always. This totally redesigned galley kitchen features an exotic stone that is double the cost of your run of the mill granite. Rainforest green from Brazil.
Our design cue for the kitchen was driven by sticking with the classic color palette. Keep it simple. Keep it classic. Make it timeless to stand the test of time. No trends that come and go.
Three closets for storage in the unit and each one is outfitted with built ins. Pictured above is the linen closet next to the bathroom.
UNIVERSITY TOWERS CONDOMINIUM
1121 University Boulevard West Unit 209
Silver Spring, Maryland 20902
One bedroom, one bath, balcony, 745 square feet
Security, front desk, lobby, pool
$541.28 monthly all inclusive condo fee
$1254.70 annual real estate taxes
Seven years ago, this unit was gutted to the bones and everything was thrown away. A formal entry hall foyer was designed and built. And, seventeen floor to ceiling book cases were designed and built for the unit's living room, dining room, and bedroom. A circular grinder was brought in to do the floors. Then the floor was leveled. Oversized honed and filled travertine marble was then expertly laid throughout the unit. We spared no expenses.
The kitchen was completely redesigned. One wall features glass doors over a long counter top for working or display. An exotic stone was selected for the counter tops and backsplash. Rainforest green from Brazil. It is double the cost of your typical granite top. Stainless steel appliances. A double door refrigerator. A gas stove, an oven that has never been used, and an upper microwave.
Travertine floors and shower surrounds with a seat inside the shower. Kohler toilet and Kholer seat. European styled wash sink.
Seventeen floor to ceiling book cases were designed and built in for the unit's living room, dining room, and bedroom. The bookcases should be able to accommodate a 2,000 volume collection of books.
The unit's overall look and finish takes its design cues from London, the English country house, and the multi million dollar properties in Potomac. In fact, the baseboard molding is 5/4" x 6" with a 1 5/8" crown whose idea came from Falconhurst. Adam's case moldings define the openings for the doors and windows. Recessed panel cased openings define the opening into the living room from the foyer, from the foyer into the bathroom and bedroom area, and from the dining room into the kitchen. The crown molding is 4 5/8" and is throughout the unit. The scale of the trim is authentic and true to period. When you see it, your eye tells you it looks right. It's not cheap. It's not builder grade.
The three Sherwin William colors throughout are soothing and relaxing and were borrowed from the cover of an architectural design magazine. The colors are meant to be inviting, alluring, and calming.
Three new HVAC convectors were put into the unit. And, a new sliding glass door that opens to the balcony and new windows that can be easily removed for cleaning were put in as well. Screens are included. Each closet was re outfitted.
Total remodeling cost seven years ago was just over $40,000. The end result is a Class A finish that is solid and enduring.
The second floor location as seen from the balcony of the unit overlooks the tree covered circular driveway at the entrance to the lobby.
Just completely professionally re painted, deep cleaned, scrubbed balcony floor, and washed windows inside and out. New CO2 + smoke detector, new Kohler toilet seat, new lamp shades and light bulbs for the chandelier and six wall sconces.
For a limited time showing prior to listing, price not yet determined, please phone or text Peter Hebert at (240) 559-8535.
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