Thursday, September 3, 2020

Before & After in a Georgetown Home

Renovations:: Those are So OPaL

Love your Hood.
Hate your Home?

What could OPaL do with your house?

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

OPaL in ADAMS MORGAN / U STREET Landscape Plans

Jordan Crabtree and his Loch Collective from Annapolis have put together an exemplary landscape plan for our Adams Morgan corner home. This lot is a mere 450 square feet. That's not a lot of space, but they have made magic in this design. A garden of sea grasses, annuals and dogwoods with an irregularly shaped patio will provide the future home owners with an outdoor space bonanza (not to mention a roof deck with insane views of the entire city)!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

WATKINS ALLEY by Ditto + OPaL in the Washington Post

We spent a few days with the writers from The Post last week for their Buying New section. The article is online now and will appear in print this weekend! So proud of this project and all the work Ditto. had done to make it real.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

OPaL Recognized Nationally AGAIN

Today we were informed OPaL's Little Red Chapel won 3 categories at the Pacific Coast Builders Association Gold Nugget Awards. This is an international design competition. Now in it’s 57th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from  575 entries from around the world.

Winner, Best Adaptive Re-Use
Yes, that's the Woolworth Tower Residences in NYC named a winner in our category! Not too shabby.

Winner, Innovative Housing.

Winner, Best Interior Design

Thursday, June 25, 2020

LITTLE RED CHAPEL | Capitol Hill | Unit A | For Sale Summer 2020

Sometimes, we just sit in this home. Quietly. Thinking. Sometimes in the dining room. Sometimes in the master bedroom or the loft. This home is just about the perfect city home....unique, pretty, unpretentious, well located and just so darn charming.

Those tall, clear-view windows, hand made, with just a hint of stain glass. Impossibly perfect.

Charming. That's it. Just so....Charming.

A master bedroom with 3 exposures and this cute view of D Street.

The front patios are like the front porch you remember from your Grand Mom's house.
Elevated from the sidewalk. Behind a hedge of boxwoods. Just like her house.

You could use this patio for table space or maybe a fountain in the center or an elevated koi pond!

This photo quickly became the most iconic and most famous photo on our Google web search.
You can understand why. It's amazing.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

LITTLE RED CHAPEL | Capitol Hill | Unit B | For Sale Summer 202

The most contemporary home we have ever done. This home is so special to us; it has a way of just making you feel better about your day. Truly. And who doesn't need that these days? 

All that glass.

A home as unique as you are.


A guest room for the ages.

A main level where the TV is not the center of attention. It's about time.
In this home, the TV rests in the rec-room below.

A window seat with a view. As it should be.

Wait for that crape myrtle to grow and bloom! You can thank us later.

A master suite you'd expect in the Manhattan Four Seasons!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

OPaL in Adams Morgan | Almost Under Roof

The tiny, corner lot everyone tried to talk me about of buying at tax sale, is coming along speedily. Well, only after two years of cleaning up the title from 1950 to 1988  :-). The home we have designed takes advantage of every inch allowed under our lot coverage. Three complete bedroom suites packed into 1,300 sf, a roof terrace with an incredible view of the Washington Monument plus an English garden at street level; located in the nucleus of DC nightlife. Does DC living get any better? 

For Sale this Summer

Actual view from the roof terrace!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

BEST of BETHESDA & OPaL Custom:: Best Builder Custom Homes & Renovations

Our first year being nominated and we won 2 categories of Bethesda Magazine's Best of Bethesda!

Readers’ Pick, Top Vote Getter, Best Builder for Custom Homes 

  Readers’ Pick, TopVoteGetter, Best Builder for Home Renovations 

To celebrate appropriately we had our ad agency design this incredible, full page, double-wide ad for Bethesda Magazine's Best of Issue in January.