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We’re really proud of the fact that three of our design and build
projects have been nominated for the prestigious
Montgomery County Builders Association Home of the Year Awards.
These nominations are based on design quality and building
craftsmanship and execution of architectural details.

The first project that is nominated is a one story addition to a home on Arrowood
Road in Bethesda. The home backs to the Burning Tree Country Club Golf Course.
You can see a photo below of the kitchen. To see really nice cabinet photos click here

Award Nominated Bethesda Home Addition

Country Casual Bethesda Home Addition Nominated For MCBA Award

Another project nominated is a large addition and whole house renovation of a
log home originally constructed in the 1920s.

Kinda strange, but this home is also on a golf course – Manor Country Club
Golf Course. The views are outstanding and after our addition and renovation
project the owners are now able to enjoy views from about every room in the
home – Imagine views of the beautiful pond at the 11th hole, gently rolling
hills and nothing but green as your cooking dinner and entertaining your
guests gazing through a 20 foot tall wall-o-glass in the kitchen-family
room. It’s really quite a view! Take a look at the second photo below.
Click here for more pictures of this amazing addition.

Many of you came to visit us at this home in October when we had
an open house event and gave tours. We had over 200 people at the
open house and we’re planning another event sometime in the spring
since we promised we’d show the home again to about 20 people
that missed the tour of this really unique and interesting project.

Rockville Maryland Home Addition Award Nominated Project

Rockville Home Addition With Killer Golf Course Views

And the last project nominated (not on a golf course)
is a new custom designed Arts and Crafts home in
North Arlington. Here are more photos of this home

This is another project that lots of you stopped by to visit
when we had a two day open house event a few months ago.
Are you beginning to see that not only do the homeowners
enjoy their homes, but I think I get as much fun out of showing them
off as the owners do?

So much fun in fact that (as you may have heard) we’re
building a few model homes around town and should be
breaking ground in the coming weeks on a few (more on that later).

Stay tuned for more breathtaking photos of these award nominated
projects.

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Arlington Arts and Crafts Custom Home Nominated For Award

Watch Johns’ toast to Paul Maxfield, the quality Paramount superintendent
that executed the owners’ vision so successfully on this very complicated
major home addition to a 1920s log home.

Here are some photos
More photos of this cool log home addition coming soon.

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

Features:

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