Monday, February 13, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Most Popular in 2017! That's So OPaL

For the third year in a row OPaL has been named Best of Houzz!  The award for Design is based on the popularity of images across all categories. With 40 million viewers each month, this is incredible recognition.




Below are a few OPaL images we rarely use in marketing these days. However, they are still just wonderful representations of our work. #oldiesbutgoodies

Aspen Ridge stone and beam townhomes.

Cabin John Crossing great room.

Cabin John Crossing dining room. This is one of my all time favorite OPaL images. Gotta love those huge birds on the wall.

Lombard Court / Fells Point stairwell.

Lombard Court / Fells Point loft and roof deck. What a great, urban view.

Aspen Ridge stone and beam townhomes.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

200 Homes. 8 National Awards. 35 Regional Wards. And Our Homes Still Amaze Me.

Even after 200 homes and dozens of awards, it's not until I see photos of our homes grouped together that I become honestly amazed and proud and even shocked at how simply incredible OPaL's portfolio of homes has become. 
Check out these drafts of our new urban project and custom home brochure inserts. It's hard to wrap my head around what incredible homes we build. How lucky are we to build them and how lucky are our home owners to live in them? #thatssoOPaL

A draft of our new digital and print Custom Home brochure insert.

A draft of our new digital and print OPaL Urban brochure insert.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The NEW UNION GARAGE / One Level Living on the Hill

We have three incredibly cool projects, with almost 50 homes, coming to Capitol Hill over the next two years: Watkins Alley at Potomac Avenue Metro, Cluss Alley at Eastern Market and New Union Garage at Stanton Park.

Without question our homes at New Union Garage will be OPaL's most luxurious homes ever. Just 4 blocks to Union Station and 5 blocks to a new Whole Foods, the location is perfection. Upper-level homes will have elevator service directly into the residences. Private parking and outdoor space make the homes even more special.

Can't wait to share them with everyone in just 60 days!

Opening Day 1906!

Historic entry level with modern addition above.


Our largest homes with over 2000 sf on 1 level.

The facade will include a handmade garage door and hand painted, vintage sign. 

Heavy lifting. The internal steel skeleton ensures a long second generation.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

An OPaL Home is Rarely in 4th Place But We'll Take It This Time

OPaL's very own Turreted End Home at Pittman's Chapel made DC.Curbed's Top 10 Listings Just Under $1 Million. This home is one of our very best to date. Open this weekend 12-4.



Does a modern home office get any better than this?

Make your own history with this house.

1905 on the outside. 2017 on this inside.

Original brick work.

Wide open interior living spaces.

The perfect breakfast nook.

No one does a better staircase than OPaL.



Monday, November 7, 2016

All Things Kitchen by OPaL

Just posted a ton of OPaL kitchen photos on our Houzz page. Take the tour!



Here is just a sample.....

Rehoboth Beach Custom Home

Morton Street Mews, Washington, DC

Cabin John Crossing, Cabin John, MD

Naylor Court Stables, Washington, DC

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This is How to OPaL

Yep, OPaL can be a verb and even an adjective when describing our homes. Most people will tell you our homes have a feeling of joy in them or that our homes have an intangible energy about them. I agree! 

Let my kids, Maddie and Paddy, show you how they 'OPaL' in their OPaL home. 

Sunroom action shot.

Dad's little lady, Maddie.

Sometimes I take the batteries out of those things just for a moment of quiet. :-)