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Renovated midcentury home gets modern additions

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The new structures connect to the original house via an indoor walkway, now used to display art

Single-level house with two additions glowing at night. Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander D

Originally built in the 1950s, this midcentury gem in Kensington, Maryland, just got a lot more modern. When Janet Bloomberg, founder of the Washington DC-based firm KUBE Architecture bought the home designed by well-known area architect Charles Goodman, she knew she wanted to retain its midcentury bones while updating it with a contemporary glint.

Over the course of two phases, Bloomberg subtly renovated Goodman’s design, opening the kitchen to the living room and bringing an industrial airiness to the window-lined space. She left the layout intact, instead designing two additional structures that connect to the main house via an indoor walkway, now used as a gallery space to showcase art.

Person walking through hallway with big window, which is part of a stepped hallway corridor. Anice Hoachlander / Hoachlander D
Living room with wood floors, glass walls, a dining table, and sofa. Julia Heine

The additions echo certain aspects of the original house—Bloomberg designed the two structures with slanted shed roofs that together mimic Goodman’s pitched roof. Both additions, which house a den, office, and play space for kids, have floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete floors, and bright accent walls.

Hallway with art on walls. Julia Heine
Living room with concrete floors and large glass windows overlooking another part of the house. Julia Heine
Open living room with shed roof. Julia Heine
Bathroom with orange tiles behind the sink. Julia Heine