I was just informed that OPaL was recognized again on Houzz.com. This time for our HUGE number of saves. Seems people from around the world like what OPaL is doing right here in our Nation's Capital.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
We were honored and quite honestly shocked to win so many awards at last week's Great American Living Awards that were held at the Hilton Tysons Corner. Sponsored by the NVBIA and MBA our homes were up against the best new homes in the Mid-Atlantic Market.
OPaL was singled out for our marketing, architecture and interior design in eight categories. Thanks to GPS Designs for our architecture, P Four for our interior design and Lyons & Sucher Advertising for the branding and marketing of Morton Street Mews and Pittman's Chapel.
|Just a few of my new home buddies!|
|A little bling, but we don't have any room in our trophy case. Not a bad problem to have.|
|Pittman's Chapel - Best Conversion and Best Boutique Project.|
|OPaL - Best Interior Design|
|OPaL - Best Interior Design|
|Best Overall Custom Home - Rehoboth Beach House - Two Time Winner!|
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A friend of mine is working on a project of passion call The Placemakers Project. I was his first project. Well, Morton Street Mews was really. Check it out......
Monday, August 29, 2016
I just received the marketing copy for Cluss Alley, our new alley project on Capitol Hill. I think you might love the copy as much as I do. Our copywriter really understands OPaL and what we build. Take a look at what she wrote for our web site and the community brochure.
A rare kind of magic is afoot on Capitol Hill. City homes are somehow devoid of city noise. Every bedroom is a suite. Private, garage parking is a given. A ground floor without dividing walls opens fully to the outdoors. And two breathtaking levels of living warrant countless stares. Just one look is all it takes to become charmed by Cluss Alley by OPaL. With an incomparable location near Barracks Row, Eastern Market and Metro, the best of the city lies at your feet. Yet your doorstep is tucked away behind the row homes of the city for incomparable privacy and prestige. Named for the architect of the Smithsonian Castle, Cluss Alley is a spellbinding masterwork of contemporary design.
If you could conjure the perfect urban home, this would be it.
A rare kind of magic is afoot on Capitol Hill. City homes are somehow devoid of city noise. Every bedroom is a suite. A private spacious patio is a given. A ground floor without dividing walls opens fully to the outdoors. And two breathtaking levels of living warrant countless stares. Named for the architect of the Smithsonian Castle, Cluss Alley is a spellbinding masterwork of contemporary design.
Incomparable city living in an astounding location.
Just one visit and you’ll be charmed by Cluss Alley’s location. Barracks Row and Eastern Market put the best of city living at your feet. Both a Safeway and Harris Teeter are within a block of your home. The Potomac Avenue Metro is just steps away. And many of the city’s finest restaurants, including Rose’s Luxury, are right around the corner. You may be astounded by how your car disappears into your private garage for weeks at a time!
|Found this great photo of an old alley on Capitol Hill to use on the Cluss Alley landing page.|
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
My mom passed away a few weeks ago, on July 28, 2016. She used to call me her shadow. For the first ten years of my life, that's exactly what I was. Mom loved corn-on-the-cob, steamed crabs and tomato sandwiches; she was funny, supportive (in her own special way), uber loyal (that's where I get it) and was just a really good person. That simple, a really good person.
Every compliment or award I have ever received for our homes is rooted in my mom; I am her and with that our homes are too. Each OPaL home is created with a piece of my mom's positive energy, approachable manor and casual nature.
Her legacy and memory live on in my children and even in each OPaL home. She was so proud of everything I touched: from showing horses as a kid to building homes as an adult.
If you like me or my homes, you would've loved my mom, Eileen O'Brien.
|My mom raised several race horses. Here are my parents at the Hunt Cup.|
|Mom and Paddy, my son.|
|Mom 5th Grade.|
|Mom at 17.|
|Mom and Dad|
|One of mom's winners.|
|Mom, me and Dad.|