With an annex, Studio Bower modernizes a Cape Cod cottage while maintaining its charm

Nestled in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C. is the Solit-Garreau Residence by local architecture firm Studio Bower. Cofounders Cooper Jones and Daniel Watson de Roux collaborated with the homeowners to enlarge their historic 1940s Cape Cod–style home to better suit their family. The challenge: to modernize and expand the footprint of the home without tarnishing the original charm of the historic structure.

In March, the designers completed a new two-story annex; the perfect method to expand the original home by adding a large, welcoming kitchen on the first floor and an updated bed and bath on the second. Cooper Jones, principal of Studio Bower, shared the firm’s design strategy whenever approaching any project: “We take projects as unique challenges that require tailor-made aesthetic and spatial solutions. We try not to fall back on preconceived ideas of aesthetics but rather we let the project dictate the outcome based on existing conditions and the clients’ needs.”

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