The Capitol Hill Residence stair is centrally located in the light filled entry hall. Overhead is a sloping translucent roof that fills the core of the house with daylight. In order to maintain the function of this space, the stair needed to allow light to pass though it and filter all the way into the basement. In addition, we wanted to maintain a visual lightness to the stair through the use of materials and a simple, yet elegant form.
Responsible green features make the playhouse good for the family and the environment. The structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rain barrel spigot. An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling. One gable end of the playhouse includes a colorful climbing wall.
After hearing the story of a three year old girl who had been diagnosed with cancer, designers from Adams Interior Design wanted to help, so they designed a sophisticated, comfortable room for this little girls who had already gone through so much. Moving her room into the larger, unused guest bedroom, designers were able to create a room that was new, but still had all the things this little girl loved. The headboard in the room is an heirloom, passed down from the little girl's mother, and the furniture in the space is distressed antique furniture that lends to the softness of the design without matching too perfectly.