Here is a architectural rendering of a proposed two story addition and renovation floor plan to
a home in Chevy Chase Maryland:

Floor plan of 1st floor renovation and home addition Chevy Chase Md

1st Floor home plan for addition to Chevy Chase Home

Proposed 2nd floor home plan for addition to home in Chevy Chase Md.

Proposed 2nd floor floorplan to home in Chevy Chase Md.

Family room kitchen home addition blends with the 1920s Rockville Log Home

Family room kitchen home addition blends with the 1920s Rockville Log Home

Kitchen family room addition interior view looking out to the 10th hole of Manor Country Club

Kitchen family room addition interior view looking out to the 10th hole of Manor Country Club

New Kitchen with high ceilings and original back wall of log home

New Kitchen with high ceilings and original back wall of log home

Prime views of Manor Country Club Golf Course

Prime views of Manor Country Club Golf Course

We’re almost complete with out addition and renovation of a 1920s log home.
See more project photos of this major home addition and renovation here

The home is located
on the 10th hole of Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

This Whole House Renovation project was very challenging from a design perspective as well as a
construction perspective.

I first met our future clients at an open house they attended at another award winning project of
ours in Rockville. During our first conversation, the owners described how they had a very unique
home. They told us that house was a log house originally built in the 1920s with additions added
on over the years. And adding to the unique nature of the project, the home was located on the
10th hole of Manor Country Club in Rockville.

They went on to tell us about there long journey to find an architect that was up to the challenge
of creating a design that would blend with the existing 1920s log home architecture. And the
risk was high since the project would be highly visibly to every one that played on the golf course.
So their challenge was finding someone that could create a design that they’d be proud of and that so many
others would see while they were playing the golf course.

Not only were the owners a bit worn out trying to find an architect, but they also needed a builder
capable of handling the engineering required to modify a log home with huge timber walls and roofs.

Luckily, the project that they met me on was equally challenging, and they were impressed enough with
our work that they retained us to help them solve their design and construction problem.

So our primary design goal was to blend their new addition design into the existing architecture of the
1920s log house. And along the way, we wanted to create as many walls of glass to capture the breathtaking
views of the “back nine” at Manor Country Club as we could.

So we added a two story master suite and bedroom above as a wing on the left side of the house
and a one story family room and kitchen addition on the rear. The master suite addition also had a
new screen porch attached to it and the family room – kitchen addition had a new
single car garage built underneath. We also designed a beautiful stone patio with a bar-b-que grill
and a decorative water fountain outside of the family room – kitchen addition.

To capture the absolutely phenomenal views of the golf course we had to create some new, larger
openings in some existing log walls. We also designed a 20 foot tall bank of glass in the kitchen- family
room addition to create dramatic views of the golf course.

One of the challenges for us was finding a craftsmen that had experience patching log walls and
filling the joints between each log so it looked perfect. Since we removed so many huge bearing
interior log walls and inserted steel beams to hold up the structure, finding the right person
was critical to making the job look great. Luckily, we didn’t have to search too far because the
owners had been using an old craftsmen for years on their house. So he was happy to help us
out and I think he enjoyed the challenge dealing with more than the maintenance work he had been
doing in the past at the home.

We many structural challenges working with the log home that we had to overcome. And the design
we created creatively compliments the old style log house while bringing in a sense of modern architecture.

See more project photos of this major home addition and renovation here


Traditional style architecture
Carderock stone
Woodmode cabinets
5 inch clear cherry wood floors custom stain color
Custom architectural millwork
Master suite on first floor
Expansive 360-degree views
Hardiplank vertical siding with battens
Pella Windows

Listen to home design and building tips that will save you money and headache if you are designing and building a new home:


The closer you make the home renovation project to a new home the lower the price

The closer you make the home renovation project to a new home the lower the price

On your next large scale home remodeling project or major home
addition, follow these tips to save lots of time and money.

On a large remodeling or renovation job, the key is making existing
conditions of the work area as close to a new home as possible.

So if the home is empty; no animals, no kids, no people and no furniture,
in other words, as close to the condition the builder would face when
building a brand new home, the vendors and subcontractors will price
the job with lower prices.

This is because the hassle factor has been

The vendors and subcontractors don’t have to work around the furniture and worry about
ruining it, they don’t have to worry about keeping dogs and cats in the
house when the workmen go in and out of the doors. They don’t have
to worry so much about safety of the little kids, they don’t have to make
sure the utitlities are on at the end of each day – the water, the electricity ,
the heating and cooling.

So when we can get this type of condition, we explain
to the vendor that they will be able to work faster and have fewer interruptions.

Plus the construction workers are always trying to be friendly to the homeowners and visa versa,
the homeowners want to be friendly to the workers. So what happens is that “hello”
in the morning can turn into a 30 minute chat about what the worker thought about
the Washington Redskins or Obamas State of the Union or about the pipe burst
at the Shady Grove Red Line Metro Station. And the cumulative impact is that the job
ends up taking longer.

Now you might say what about the cost of moving out and fining a place to stay?

Well you can rent a pod for I think $80 per month. Also, through good planning the
home builder may be able to set aside certain areas in your home that are not being worked on
and block those areas off by building temporary protective walls to move some furniture
and store it during the duration of the job.

Also, we have temporary homes that we put our clients in that we rent back to the
client for $1500 or so per month. These homes are in Bethesda, Chevy Chase,
McLean and Arlington (call and reserve these way ahead of time).

We have seen jobs that we estimated 10 months to complete but
where the client moved out and we saved 4 months of time.

So when you net out the 4 months of interest savings on a construction loan and the lower unit
prices from the vendors, against the cost of moving out, we’ve actually seen savings
of $3000 or more.

Plus lots of these homes that are being renovated were built prior to 1978 and have lead paint.
So if you have little kids you really don’t want them exposed to the dust particles and it’s
just a lot more pleasant not living on a “construction site” for 5 months.

I always joke and tell our clients that they’ll live longer if they don’t live on site!

So when you think about that, this tip is really priceless!

Thinking of selling our home? Call 301-370-6463 – – We Buy Homes.

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Friends and clients always ask me if we’re working on any interesting projects
and I always say that all of our projects are unique and one of a kind.

But we haven’t had a project like this one for many years!

Take a Look at the original home here:

Original Log Home Bedroom

Original Log Home Bedroom

We met the owners, Dr. and Mrs. Mennitt, of this Rockville log home over a year ago at an open
house we held in Rockville.

The owners had a very unique property right off the 11th hole of Manor Country Club in
Rockville Maryland.

Not many homes are located off the 11th hole of Manor Country Club…but what
made the property a real “one-of-a-kind” is the fact that it is a log home built
in the 1920s.

We started creating a design in the spring 2009 and finally started construction of a two major additions
and a complete renovation of the home in September 2009.

One primary addition is a kitchen-breakfast room-terrace addition off the rear of the home.
The other major expansion is the two story addition on the side and rear of the home.
The master suite and screen porch is on the lower level and the upper level has another
large bedroom.

Click Here to See The Work In Progress

The owners presented us with a number of goals for the project but
one primary objective was to capture as many views of the golf course vista we could.
These views are gorgeous – Check ’em out here.

As the project moves on we’ll report back to you with progress photos and

View of Kitchen-Breakfast Room-Terrace addition

Original Log Home Bedroom + Foundation of new addition

Original Log Home Bedroom + Foundation of new addition

Another Custom Home in McLean Virginia is almost completed.

Another real new custom home beauty designed and built by our award winning team

McLean Custom Home Designed & Built by PAramount Construction

McLean Custom Home Designed & Built by PAramount Construction

Across the board (with the exeption of of a few vendors like appliances ) our vendors are reporting that their labor and material costs are relatively low. The pricing we have been getting for direct costs of new custom homes & large additions to homes in the Washington DC area have remained low for a few years now. However, we are noticing vendors getting slightly busier than they’ve been in the last year or two.

Here’s one of our excellent vendors, Glen Embry, of Metcalf HVAC, explaining what he thinks of the current market:

Paramount Construction nominated for another MNCBIA Custom builder award.
Here’s a look at the inside and an interview of the homeowner.
The judges from MNCBIA loved the home too. They almost wouldn’t
leave. Click Here & take a look at this home we designed and built.
This is a great example of why owners come to us for design
and construction. Anyone can design a “plain-old-box” of a house.
Lots of builder around town basically design and sell the exact same plan.
You can actually get the plan at your local Giant or Safeway while you’re
standing in the checkout line.
We’ve discovered that the Washington D.C. area has many owners
with more discerning tastes and sense of design. Our plans are
designed differently.

These are not “cookie cutter” homes. Take a look here

Yet, as great as the design is, our pricing very reasonable.
When we present a home price the price is all inclusive.
Many other builders start at $85 per square foot over the phone.
The problem is that by the time they add permits, excavation, engineering,
dumpsters, driveways, upgrade the vinyl floor to wood, upgrade the vinyl
siding to hardiplank their over $200 per square foot. Plus it takes these guys
months of your time until you finally extract all the information out of ’em.

Let me know what you’ve found in the market place as you talk with
building companies out there. I’d like to hear from you.

Check out Kevin taking another concept in his mind to a completed new custom home
that was just nominated for another (2nd of 3) MNCBIA Custom Builder Awards.
This new home in Bethesda was completed in around 5 months. The happy
homeowners should be moving in any day now. If you would like a tour of any of
our homes call 301-370-6463 and ask for Kevin or Rob.
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