Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Original Conceptual Sketches of Albany Grove & Lombard Court


You might like to see the original concept drawings done by our architect for Albany Grove in Silver Spring & Lombard Court in Fells Point. These sketches were the inspiration for the homes we are now selling. Both communities have gone on to win several design awards competing against the largest and best known builders andarchitectural firms in the country.The historic review board in Baltimore made us delete much of the detail shown above saying, 'it just was not Baltimore,' oh well, the homes ended up quite beautiful and even the Mayor of Baltimore wrote us a terrific letter telling us that she has seen the community and what a positive effect she thinks it will have on the surrounding area. We agree!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nothing Makes Your Home More Personal than Original Art



Original paintings bring a level of joy and sophistication to any space. If you chose art that is personal to you there is a connection between you and your space that is obvious to visitors. Above are photos of my living room in Old Town, Alexandria. Both pieces were done by artists who had bought homes from OPaL. By having art created by friends, we have the pleasure of knowing how each piece came to be and what they represented to the artist. Hope you enjoy!
The art hung over the piano is by Malia Stenerson originally commissioned for the Watergate Hotel Lobby in 1997, the other piece was done by Mathew Johnson whose studio is in the Torpedo Factory, we love his use of color. We also had Mathew do a portrait of our first dog, Oliver; it's hung in our media-room. In addition there are several Mathew Johnson's used in our model home at Lombard Court in Baltimore.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Home Sales Surge, Highest in Three Years

The good news is piling up like the snow. If you're looking for even more reason to purchase a new home right now then you must read this terrific article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34521128/ns/business-economy_at_a_crossroads/

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Straight & Narrow of Townhome Living


There is a terrific article in today's Washington Post Home Section entitled Straight & Narrow. The article discussed the limitations of light and space in some older row homes and gives great suggestions from current home owners on how they over came some challenges. Though most of our homeowners have raved about the natural light in our homes, what with triple and quadruple windows in our Albany Grove model home or the 6'6" windows and sky light shafts in our Lombard Court model home, living in a row home or townhouse present certain obstacles. Click the below link and learn how these savvyWashingtonians overcame some obstacles. One suggestion of replacing a wall with a knee wall anchored by columns to improve the flow of natural light will ring familiar for those who have visited our model homes considering this is exactly what our architect has done with our homes.