Takoma Park Renovation

Project Description

In the environmentally conscious community of Takoma Park, a unique renovation project took shape when a local craftsman and artist, along with his wife, decided to rejuvenate their home. This wasn’t just any renovation; it was a collaboration that blended artistry, craftsmanship, and a deep commitment to sustainability.

The Challenge:

The goal was to transform the existing space into a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing home, reflecting the owner’s skills and environmental ethos. The challenge lay in selecting materials and designs that were not only environmentally friendly but also in harmony with the couple’s artistic vision and lifestyle.

Project Details

Architect Klockner Design Build
Photo Credits Kenneth M. Wyner Photography Inc.
Date of Completion 2015
Skills Collaborative Design, Green and Repurposed Materials, Open Floor Plan

The Transformation:

  • Artisanal Collaboration: The owner was actively involved in the design and execution of the renovation, contributing his craftsmanship to several aspects of the home. This personal touch added a unique and meaningful layer to the project.
  • Sustainable Material Selection: The kitchen floor was laid with cork, known for its durability and sustainable properties. Soapstone countertops from a quarry in Charlottesville, Virginia, added a local and eco-friendly element to the kitchen’s design.
  • Reclaimed and Handcrafted Elements: Much of the flooring was reclaimed, enhancing the home’s character and reducing its environmental impact. The owner may have crafted the door, and he definitely constructed the stairs, infusing the house with bespoke details.
  • Lime Stucco Exterior: The house’s exterior was coated with traditional lime stucco, a material praised for its sustainability. It naturally absorbs carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate the home’s carbon footprint. The lime stucco is also self-healing, with hairline cracks filling in when wet, showcasing the material’s durability and natural beauty.
  • Collaborative Installation: The owner didn’t just design and provide materials; he was also hands-on in the installation of his creations, ensuring that each piece was perfectly integrated into the home.
  • Lime Wash Finish: The exterior’s final touch was a lime wash from Limeworks.us in Philadelphia, further enhancing the sustainable and traditional aesthetic.


The renovation of the Takoma Park home is a testament to what can be achieved when craftsmanship meets sustainability. Each choice and addition was made with careful consideration of its environmental impact and aesthetic value. The result is a home that is not only beautiful and functional but also a living example of the owner’s values and skills.

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