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Restoring a Capitol Hill Townhouse

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By Glenn Milano

Restoring a Capitol Hill Townhouse

All you need is love.. and money.

Restoring a Capitol Hill Townhouse

Large Diamond Bertoia chair in the finished living room

About My House

1928 Wardman style townhouse on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Bought it after being on the market for 2 years with no one living in it. Great original details not marred over the years (due to lack of attention really) but that worked to our advantage.

My goal with the renovation was to stay true to the original detailing and architecture of the house while making it fit with today's lifestyle.

What I Did

Replaced kitchen and bath.

Replaced all ceilings.

New boiler and hot water heater.

New chimney (rebuild from original brick).

Rebuilt the old sun porch (rear of house).

All new fixtures.

Scrapped all paint.

Refinished all floors and stairs.


Opened kitchen to dining room.

Sanded, repaired and repainted all doors and original windows.

Busted my butt with my contractor and his men from Christmas 2008 - April 2009 (when me and my to-be wife, moved in!).

Tips and Tricks

  • Plan everything and get a professional to help - this will save time, money and sanity
  • Get some good tools and don't be afraid to get involved. The more you know, the better your decisions will be
  • Never stop learning; continue to research all aspects of your project as you move through it
  • If you can, buy a house on the same block as someone that has been featured on HGTV.

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