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Stephen & Wynn’s Apartment

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

Creative thinking helped convert this studio apartment into a one-bedroom getaway.


Originally owned by Stephen, the apartment served as college housing for their daughter between periods of use as a rental unit.  Looking forward to retirement, and hosting future family gatherings, Stephen and Wynn wanted to convert the space into a guest house / urban getaway.


At just 444 square feet, the key to making this compact space feel welcoming was through the use of meticulously-crafted casework. The ample cabinetry was designed to contain, and hide, all the necessary elements of daily living – including a dining table and chairs which could be folded up and stored within.

Project Team

Carib Daniel Martin A+D

Impact Construction

Cheney Millwork

Anice Hoachlander

A separate bedroom was created by bifurcating the open space with a wall of Walnut cabinetry.


The line of cabinets contained a coat closet, electric panel, refrigerator, kitchen pantry, bedroom doors, media cabinet, and rotating TV that can be viewed from both sides. Inside the bedroom the casework, and built-in platform bed, provided added storage for clothing, linens, and Stephen’s book collection. A minimalist approach was taken in the design of the adjacent bathroom, utilizing marble and matching mosaic tile throughout with punctuations of walnut cabinetry.

The apartment was quickly coined the “jewel box” by the construction crew. It feels like just that to us - our very comfortable, little retreat. It really has exceeded our expectations!

— Stephen & Wynn