Contemporary Makeover

Deborah Kalkstein walked into a 1970’s era contemporary in Potomac, Maryland and had a vision. “I wasn’t even interested in looking at the house. I was running an errand with the real estate agent but when I saw the front hall, I called my husband and told him I’d found it,” she says. Kalkstein who is an, architect, furniture designer and entrepreneur convinced her husband, Carlos Bachrach, an economist, that the house was the answer to their new home search.

Before making the move from Bethesda in 1998, windows were carved into blank walls, carpets were torn asunder, hardwood was laid, and brick was slathered over with concrete. “In Peru, that’s how we build, brick is a substrate” says Kalkstein, who learned to draw at her uncle’s Marcos’ knee. Growing up around one of Lima’s designers and studying in Peru immersed Kalkstein in interior design, an approach that differs from how architects are trained in the states.

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The Architect's House

The Architect's House


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