Saturday, April 14, 2018

Multigenerational Homes by OPaL / Kensington / Montgomery County

Found this cute little, multigenerational image online.

A few years ago on this blog I wrote about the guest apartment we were building adjacent our new home off MacArthur Blvd in Cabin John. This wouldn't be a normal guest apartment, it would be my mom's new home and what would end up being her final. With an elevator, full kitchen, simple bathroom, laundry and even a small balcony, Granny would hopefully feel right at home. In this new, tiny home of hers, she would be safe, see her grandkids whenever she wanted and she would have some independence too.

In today's Washington Post there is a great article about the growing trend of multigenerational homes that you may find interesting.

OPaL's latest project in Montgomery County will offer family size homes with elevators and in-law suites under one roof. The Manors | Kensington opens for sales in just a few weeks. Just steps from Westfield Wheaton Mall and Metro the homes are infinitely walkable, both inside and out!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cookie's Sunroom Addition & Jason and My Beach House Sunroom and Front Porch Additions:: That's So OPaL

With our first snow storm of the year headed our way tomorrow an update on two sunrooms and a front porch is needed to remind us that today is the first day of spring 2018. What better way to ignore the snow by celebrating these OPaL additions that will be such great spaces to enjoy this summer!

Still missing the clear story on the roof but you can already see what a great space this will be for Cookie and Brian to enjoy!

This beach house has been Transformed with a capital T! What a difference a front porch makes.

We also converted this side patio into a sunroom. In warmer weather, with the windows open, you will be able to hear the ocean from this new room!

We can't wait to gobble fruit and popsicles this summer on our new front porch! Just like we do on our front porch in Cabin John! Isn't this the cutest thing?!  That's So OPaL

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Houses Designed for Dog Lovers :: That's So OPaL

From dog wallpaper and baskets for collars and poop bags in our mudroom to a full size dog wash basin in our laundry room, one might say my family's home is well equipped for K9's. If you like those ideas, I just read a great article in Washingtonian for dog lovers. Written by Marisa Kashino, a fellow OPaL fan, I am certain you will enjoy the article. If you like OPaL and our homes you will enjoy everything Marisa writes for Washingtonian!

A few dog inspired images from around my house this Sunday morning!

In our mudroom, a special place for everything dog related.

Dog wall paper and an original of Parker (the P in OPaL). This painting was done by Matthew Johnston.
Matthew can be found in The Torpedo Factory or

Our dog wash basin by PetLift. Get your checkbook out this wasn't cheap, but worth it.

Another original art work, this little gem was done just for our webpage to go along with the story about OPaL's name.
Oliver, Parker and Lucy = OPaL

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

OPaL Renovations is Cooking with Gas!

Everyone at OPaL is extremely excited about how well OPaL Renovations has been received over the past 10 months since I started the new company. We have completed six projects and have another six underway right now. We have even completed two commercial projects on large apartment buildings in DC and Arlington. Today I wanted to share two of the additions we will be starting this spring, I am very proud of both designs. 

The first is a kitchen and master bath addition to a historic home in one the best areas of DC: 12th & S Streets NW.  Doesn't get any better than that! The owners have entrusted us with a kitchen most people would envy as it is now. Our plans take to an entirely new level. I can't wait to share the final photos with you all this summer.
Scott & Brian's Kitchen Addition

The second is a sunroom addition to a home in Bethesda. The owners are the nicest people and they are so excited for their new space. I hope it brings them as much peace and solitude as the sunroom on our home brings my family. 
Cookie's Sunroom

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Not Just McLean, This is Franklin Forest, McLean

Absolutely loving the new home we will be building, for one of my favorite families, this summer in Franklin Forest, McLean. Designed by my buddies at W.C. Ralston Architects this home will be modern yet very familiar, just like OPaL.

Modern French Country by WC Ralston & OPaL

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