Be sure to check our site regularly since the new homes and home building lots for sale change frequently. Get early jump on the competition, here’s just a few new homes we’re planning now (list changes frequently). Prices include new home + lot:
McLean starting at $2,373,330 approx. 14Ksf lot
6412 Dahlonega Rd. Bethesda SOLD approx. 12Ksf lot
This custom home was designed to fit naturally into the 3 acre wooded building site in McLean, Virginia. Our
goal was to meld the home into the natural wooded setting and to capture the phenomenal views on all sides of the property.
The home was designed so the owner could live and entertain on the first floor and have bedrooms for her
grand children on the 2nd floor. So we created a casual, yet elegant, open floor plan on the first floor.
We designed built-ins with an open feel to divide the dining room from the family room. And the
built-ins around the fireplace we were able to provide focal points and at the same time create and warm
and cozy feeling.
Rooms were laid and organized with the objective of maximizing the wooded views from every room.
This first floor is ideal for entertaining and convenient for the owner to retire to her bedroom suite off
the entry foyer.
The owner also wanted to have a special space just for her grandkids where they could play yet provide
privacy for her. So we created a second floor “kids-family room”. This space could be converted to a
fourth bedroom in the future.
We designed a custom marble curved sink in the powder room. The idea was
To create a unique touch that would set the room off and give it an elegant feel.
Woodmode cabinets in the this new home in McLean add special focal point
McLean new home has 8 foot exterior doors
The homeowner was very involved in all of the decisions and materials selections.
Her sophisticated tastes and style are reflected through out the home. Here is n example of
this custom designed sink in the powder room.
Powder room with custom designed sink with marble top
Here are some of the Features and materials used in this new McLean custom home:
Transitional Style Architecture
Nichiha Sierra Premium Shake Panels
5 inch clear Maple custom stain color with tung oil finish
ergonomically designed vanity in powder room
Trey ceilings master bedroom, foyer dining room
Custom architectural millwork
10 foot ceilings
2×6 panelized framing
Zip wall system
Second Floor family room/Kids Lounge
Master suite on first floor
Expansive 360-degree views
Paramount Constructions’ “Madison” Home is winner of Maryland National Capital Building
Industry Association Award. The category is Best Traditional Home Award
The Madison House Plan by Paramount Construction Kitchen
The owners’ intent was to build a new home for sale.
Our design goal was to create a marketable house plan
at a cost the owner could earn a profit.
We discovered that the lot was comprised of two
separate lots. The largest lot was large enough to
build a home on it. However, if we combined the lots
we could build a wider home with an elevation that
had more street presence.
After research and discussions with the county, we
concluded that the time and cost of combining the
lots was greater than the benefit, especially in a slow
market. So we designed a narrower home than we
could have designed had we opted to go through
the subdivision process.
The lot sloped front to back. The grade of the
lot made a walk-out basement plan a natural fit.
The lot is close to downtown Bethesda and the
homes throughout the neighborhood are Traditional style homes. So we designed a Traditional style home
with cottage and shake accents on the exterior to
blend into the surrounding neighborhood.
We concluded from our market research and
understanding of our target buyer, that an
open floor plan would be appealing.
Another major design consideration was
creating cost effective finished space to meet
the lenders’ appraisal requirements. Finishing
the basement and the third level achieved this.
Market research also drove us to place the laundry room on the second floor.
This is a convenience the majority of the
target market prefers.
The best view of yard was the back of the
lot, so we placed the family room and kitchen
as well as the master suite on the back of the
home. All views from these rooms face out
to the rear yard. The results is a very bright
and open feeling.
Our goal was to make the home feel as spacious
and roomy as possible, especially considering
that it was a relatively narrow floor plan due
to the self imposed lot constraint. To achieve
this effect we widened hallways, we created a
open loft area at the second floor landing area
and we designed the dining room and living
room to be open to one another, with minimal
wall area. Construction Details
We wanted a low maintenance exterior
so we specified Hardiplank siding and pvc
cornice. The siding was horizontal clapboard
siding with shake style Hardiplank accents at
the gables to add interest.
The finished third level was constructed
using room trusses. This saved money
compared to stick framing this area.
We gave the owner lots of free upgrades
because we wanted the home to show well
to our future prospects (and she is a nice lady).
One of the nice construction details we added
was the stone in the front of the exterior of
the home. We placed flagstone on the walkway
and laid a stone water table to accent the front
elevation. The wood floors were upgraded to three inch oak from 2 ¼” oak.
Montgomery County required installation of
three drywells in the rear yard to contain water
runoff from the home. We used terne standing
seam metal roof on the front elevation to the
Traditional design character. Specific Ways the house satisfied the client
The new home has a wonderful, bright, open floor plan.
It is a great plan for a family with a wonderful rear yard,
a walk-out basement with a ton of natural light,
generous room sizes and very close to all of the restaurants
and shopping downtown Bethesda has to offer.
The clients primary objective was to have house
that fit into the neighborhood and was a good value.
And a home that is marketable. The house was built
affordably and we incorporated design elements into
the home that didn’t cost a premium to build but
result in value. The is very pleased with the design
and the size of house we delivered. Unusual problems encountered and overcome
Originally, the owner purchased the home thinking
she would remodel the 70 +/- year old structure
that was originally on the lot. We actually drew
a full set of plans for a major addition and had
obtained a building permit for the addition.
We quickly performed a “new home” zoning
analysis and created a new home plan that
worked within the setbacks on the one parcel
(so we could avoid the cost and time of a lot
combination thru Park and Planning). We then
pushed through permitting and obtained a
permit for a new home. All of this took only
a few months more time.
List of major manufacturers
Pella WoodMode cabinets
Kohler Plumbing fixtures
Kitchen Aid appliances
Carrier heating and cooling
Hinkley light fixtures
There are several benefits to purchasing a pre-construction home. Brand-new homes do not come with repair costs since nothing in the home has ever been used and the structure has not been subject to the elements.
When you have a new home built, you have the opportunity to choose the look and feel of your home, and personalize it to suit your tastes. Some home builders, especially in hurricane prone areas like Florida, are now building homes above hurricane code with extensive safety measures to protect the homeowner in the face of severe weather.
But not all home builders specialize in high quality homes, or offer buyers the chance to personalize their home. That is why choosing the correct home builder is such an integral part of a positive home buying experience.
A tale of two builders: tract homes vs. custom homes
There are two very different types of home builders offering their services today. The first, and often cheapest, option is a tract home builder. These builders offer newly constructed homes at the lowest prices, and can be an affordable option for the buyer on a tight budget. Tract homes are not necessarily bad homes, but the materials used to build them are often of much lower quality than materials used by custom home builders.
Tract home builders can offer lower prices because they purchase materials in mass quantity. Because of this mass purchasing policy, they are not able to offer buyers decor options or choices in color scheme, flooring, etc. Tract homes are often referred to as “cookie-cutter” homes because they all look exactly the same. Tract homes are very seldom built above code, and do not usually include options such as safety glass, additional roof truss straps, or solid, poured concrete construction.
You get what you pay for
Custom homes often come with a higher price tag, but you can definitely see where the extra money goes. High-quality materials, custom decor options, and additional safety measures are just a few of the additional features custom home builders offer. Homes built by custom builders are usually much more luxurious in scale, and often include vaulted ceilings and bright, airy floor plan choices. Top of the line paint, appliances, flooring and fixtures may also be offered.
But there are also different levels of custom home builders, especially when it comes to hurricane safety. In states where hurricanes are a fact of life during the summer months, choosing a high-quality home builder is especially important.
Above code construction
One state where additional hurricane protection is especially important is Florida. In 2004, Florida suffered a series of direct hurricane strikes to both coasts. Even inland areas were not immune to the powerful storms, and homes throughout Florida suffered severe damage. Florida was also subject to extensive building code reform after the devastation Hurricane Andrew left behind in 1992.
Despite extensive reform in South Florida, only a handful of additional Florida counties have adopted the strict standards that are currently in place in Dade county (areas of which were devastated by Hurricane Andrew). In fact, the current building code in most counties only requires that new homes be built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane.
That is why a handful of builders in Florida have begun giving their customers an added level of protection. Above code construction is a term used by these builders to convey that their home construction standards exceed what is required by Florida building code. Some of these homes are built to withstand winds in excess of 140 mph, and offer superior protection for homeowners.
It’s all in the details
After deciding which type of home you are looking to have built (tract or custom, standard or above-code), there are a few more criteria you can use to narrow down your list of choices. First, select your top three neighborhood choices and thoroughly explore the housing market in each of these areas. Make a list of builders who have lots available in your target areas.
Personally visit each builder on your list, as you can get a good feel for the company by visiting their sales offices. Take note of your experience with each company. Is their office staff friendly and helpful? Do they have model homes to show? Do they offer a home warranty? What about builder financing? Do they thoroughly review the floor plans, custom features, and available decor options? Trust your instincts and go with the home builder you are most comfortable working with, and who you feel shares your vision of the ideal home.