Thursday, January 18, 2018

Watkins Alley on Capitol Hill by Ditto & OPaL

Keep your plans wide open for 2018 & 2019. Ditto & OPaL's latest passion project, Watkins Alley, will be coming out of the ground in just a few months. With sales to begin later this year and move-ins planned for 2019 we expect there to be a lot of excitement adjacent the Potomac Ave Metro and Frager's Hardware over the next few months.

OPaL's Cluss Court Car Barn is just one block from all the excitement about to start along E Street SE on The Hill. We could not be more proud of both projects designed and built by OPaL.

Cluss Court Car Barn:: Family Size 3 bedroom + den homes with private parking and outdoor space.

Watkins Alley:: 2 Bedroom condominiums with optional parking and outdoor space.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cluss Court by OPaL / Two New Model Homes

Cluss Court Car Barn is one of OPaL's very best projects. In 20 years of developing new homes in and around DC, our homes on Cluss Court are just outstanding! Hope you have time to see them.

Oversized Great Room with wood burning fireplaces.

True gourmet kitchens with commercial grade appliances

Vintage 1920 Car Barn artfully converted into 2 family size homes. That's so OPaL.

Patio design by Loch Collective of Annapolis, MD

Mud Room with Cubbies

Yep. A King bed fits in the master. Wait until you see the closet space.....

Master Baths with floor to ceiling ceramic, back lit mirrors, jetted tub and a sky light

Monday, December 18, 2017

OPaL CUSTOM:: Our New Ads for Bethesda Magazine 2018

Check out our new full page ads to promote our new company, OPaL Custom, that will concentrate on custom homes, additions and renovations. The ads will run in Bethesda Magazine this spring and summer.

Using photos of our previously completed homes, our ad agency color matched a detail in the photo and added a clever tag line and crisp clean copy. THAT'S SO OPAL.

Friday, November 10, 2017

ANC Approved OPaL's Little Red Chapel | Capitol Hill | Coming 2019

You've got to admit our architect nailed it on this modern addition to a historic DC chapel. Metal and stained cedar will compliment the traditional brick facade yet will ensure the both old and new speak their own language. Another unanimous ANC vote for OPaL last nigth. Now we move onto DC Historic next week.

OPaL's Little Red Chapel on Capitol Hill

Two Family-Sized Homes Coming in 2019
Just Steps to Union Station, Eastern Market & Whole Foods
Does DC living get any better?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

OPaL Renovations & Additions: Adding a Front Porch and Sunroom

Making a great house even 'greater'! That's so OPaL.

What's life without a great front porch?

We use our sunroom all the time.....I think these homeowners will too!

Sunroom with floor to ceiling windows.....nice touch!

And four huge skylights. We are leaving the siding, windows and porch lights in the sunroom. I think it's neat when a new room looks like it was an addition.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Everything we have learned about building DC alley projects has culminated in Cluss Court Car Barn! 

Wallpaper is hung. Window fabric will be delivered Tuesday. Furniture, art and lighting will be installed on Wednesday; the patios and awnings will be done soon too. 

If you could conjure the perfect urban, family-sized home, this would be it.
  • Walk to Potomac Ave Metro
  • Walk to Eastern Market
  • Walk to Barracks Row
  • Walk to the Navy Yard & National's Stadium

Classic OPaL: Historic facade. Re-imagined for today's homeowners.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You Know I Love a Thank You Note: "Thanks for the Groceries"

We are a super loyal company. We use the same trades in almost every home we build and have done so for years. This is just one reason our homes are solid, thoughtful and full of positive energy.

I just received the nicest thank you note from the gentleman who supplies our retractable awnings. They do great work and I just love what an awning can do for a patio or deck. The additional privacy and cover from the sun are very important if you want to get the most from your outdoor space. I highly recommend SunAir.