There’s much to love about this Germantown home. There’s the fresh floor plan, light-filled spaces, tall windows and a refreshing palette of whites and grays — and that’s only the downstairs. It’s difficult to imagine a time before the home inspired onlookers and encouraged the rest of us to mimic its design. However, before the house fell into the hands of R.Co. Construction’s E.J. Cox, that was the case. On the outside, the home begged for a crisp coat of paint, a new roof and gutters, and lush landscaping. The kitchen, which now stretches into the main living space, was once dark and closed in. The master bedroom had little in the way of luxury. But the solid bones of the house gave E.J. the necessary foundation to create something beautiful. Overall, the 1980s residence has been transformed into a home that comprises stunning spaces designed to be loved today and for years to come.
It quickly became apparent to E.J. that he had undertaken a big project. He told us, “In flipping homes, kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are your starting points — and that is where we decided to focus most of our efforts in this project.”
KITCHEN + MUDROOM
When walking into the kitchen, it is the large island that first commands your attention. The oversized piece was selected to make it a more social setting, and the kitchen was designed with a young family in mind. E.J. tells us, “The layout is meant for entertaining, and it lends itself to hosting family gatherings.”
In the design, design consultant Rebecca Reid, who frequently works with E.J., stuck with the ever-popular all-white look, but introduced depth with shades of gray. She acknowledged the difficulty in delivering a classic design that reaches beyond cookie-cutter. “Color keeps things from being so stark,” she shares. “That doesn’t mean bold, bright colors … but, inside, shades a step away from white for a layered look.”
Aside from the removal of one wall, the space didn’t call for any major structural changes. The ceiling height and large windows overlooking the pool were existing features to the home. All new cabinetry and appliances were chosen to complement the new layout. E.J. did not skimp on storage and counter space, and their low-maintenance material mimics marble but is much easier to take care of.
Accessible from the kitchen and the garage, the mudroom and pantry occupy a large chunk of space to provide extra storage. Large lockers hold bags, coats, shoes and other items you tend to drop the moment you walk inside your home. Behind sliding barn doors, there’s pantry space for food and appliances. And a laundry room was given a playful design in the hopes of making chores less dreadful. As a mother, Rebecca understands how much time is dedicated to laundry, so why not make it enjoyable? “If it is a place where you are spending a lot of time, you want it to be fun and pretty,” Rebecca says, and we agree.
What is now a spa-like space was previously a carpeted bathroom lacking design. To match the level of luxury applied to the first floor, the bathroom received a new blueprint that made room for a large tub and walk-in shower, plus double vanities. It is the shower that steals the show. Clad in tile from top to bottom, it features three showerheads operated with a sophisticated control system. There is also space in the shower to de-robe and hang your towel (without getting soaked). Since the shower occupies the space previously used for the tub, a free-standing tub was placed in a more prominent location. The window, which overlooks the backyard, was left untouched.
“It is my mentality that you spend the most time in the kitchen and bathroom, so those deserve the most attention,” E.J. says. “We know that while some people love the process of renovation, others hate it. This home was made move-in ready for someone who didn’t want to go through the process. This was a great project — the location was key, the bones were good, and everything came together nicely.”
This Germantown renovation was only on the market for one day before it was scooped up by the lucky folks who now call it home. E.J. identifies Germantown as a neighborhood ripe with potential for renovations, and he celebrates the area for its good schools and desirability for families. He gives credit to the location for the quick sale of the house, but we fully credit the family-friendly, low-maintenance design that makes you say, “Wow!”
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