Bethesda Renovation

This 1950s cape cod style home in Bethesda, Maryland had a closed off and dark feel with a very small kitchen and dining room and an awkward addition. Several load bearing walls made an open concept challenging.

Through years of international travel, the homeowner had accumulated artwork that she was eager to display. She had developed an eclectic taste, but was also drawn to classic design features and bold colors. The challenge was to maintain the character of the home while incorporating her collection in a clean and elegant fashion.

We removed several load bearing walls in order to open up the main floor and installed new structural beams and columns to replace them. Craftsman style arches defined the kitchen as the central zone, giving clear views through all spaces.

Removing so many interior walls created additional challenges for laying out the kitchen, creating storage, and displaying the artwork. Our creative solutions in each of the main living spaces reflected the homeowner’s unique style.


“We are so very happy that we selected Theresa and John of CIRCLE to do the first-floor remodel of our 1950s cape cod! Theresa somehow managed to pull every good idea out of our heads and turn it into a beautiful design that fit our family, our house, and our design aesthetic perfectly. What we found critical was that she really, earnestly listened to our budgetary concerns without sacrificing the design. Highly, highly recommended.”