Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Competitors Join Forces to Shake Up New Home Market
Former NVR exec joins team of boutique homebuilder, OPaL.
Lanham, MD, November 15, 2010—After nearly a decade of working for opposing teams, local building experts Sean Ruppert and Peter Nelson are joining forces. This month Nelson hops on board as Senior VP of Production at Ruppert's company, OPaL, LLC.
Ruppert and Nelson first met when both were working for NVHomes in the 1990s. Soon afterward, Sean Ruppert used his sales and marketing expertise to create his own homebuilding company, filling a niche in the DC market for small, high-quality, well-located communities.
Nelson, on the other hand, built a 20-year legacy at NVHomes serving in various executive and managerial capacities in the production end of the business. Now he's able to help OPaL achieve their mission of pulling off a trifecta in the homebuilding industry—uniquely designed homes, built to impeccable quality, in incomparable locations.
"OPaL is not content to rest on the laurels of our past successes. Peter may be the only person in the DC area that can improve upon our product and help us achieve even greater quality and integrity in our work," says Ruppert.
Because OPaL is a much smaller company than NVHomes, Nelson will have the opportunity to wear many hats. "This new position at OPaL will help me hone my industry skills even further by learning more about land development, budgeting and the business in general. It's the perfect position for my career growth and I couldn't be more excited than to work with someone who shares my commitment to the homebuyer's satisfaction."
The timing couldn't be more perfect for this matchup, either. OPaL is getting ready to break ground on its most ambitious project yet—a cluster of upscale single-family homes on Macarthur Boulevard called Cabin John Crossing. "Cabin John Crossing is the epitome of everything OPaL has always aspired to be," states Ruppert. "You can't find a more desirable location or discerning homebuyer. Peter joins our team just in time to take us to the next level in quality, integrity and desirability in the DC market."
Based in Lanham, MD, OPaL is a local builder specializing in developing small, well-located, close-in communities. With over 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry and numerous awards, OPaL's extraordinary vision brings a whole new dimension to the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. The company builds only a handful of new townhomes and single-family homes each year, preferring quality, individuality and location over cookie-cutter appeal. All of the more than 120 homes built by OPaL since its inception are characterized by truly unique architecture, impeccable details and deep thought for the lifestyles of their owners. To learn more, visit www.opaldc.com
Monday, November 1, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
SEAN RUPPERT ANNOUNCES OPaL, LLC's Newest Community CABIN JOHN CROSSING in Bethesda, Maryland | LEARN MORE at OPaLdc.com
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Husband-wife architects Theodore Adamstein and Olivia Demetriou are the principals at Adamstein & Demetriou, the architecture firm whose modern designs can be seen in DC’s hippest restaurants, including Zaytinya, Poste, and Bistro Bis. It would stand to reason, then, that they live in a similarly appointed home. And they do, but its vast open areas, clad in three levels of soaring glass, are nearly invisible from the street. Passersby in the couple’s Berkley neighborhood instead see a lovingly restored, circa-1923 Sears-kit bungalow. The new-old design of the house fits well into the neighborhood, which is known for its diverse architecture, Adamstein says. Another terrific home designed and built in the OPaL manor.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Whether on a grassy lawn, under a porch roof, or in an interior room, wicker furniture is classic, comfortable seating. But here's the real beauty of this furniture: Many grasses, vines and plant materials used for the woven coverings make excellent surfaces for decorative painting. Wicker also is easy to find and is readily available in a wide range of styles and prices.
Antique or new, natural wicker comes in four major types: rattan, reed, willow, and bamboo. Each type has its own characteristics, so consider which material will work best when selecting pieces. For example, finer plant materials and tighter weaves generally provide a smoother surface, more suitable for repeating motifs and patterns. Pieces with bold, directional weaves make stripe patterns easier. And furniture featuring texture changes, such as accent or border treatments, might be especially interesting with selected details painted a second color.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Artist Matthew Johnston whose art we have been using in our model homes and personal residences for years is now on display at Vera Wang Bridal Salon Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase. No wedding plans anytime soon? That's okay. It is worth the trip just to see Matthew & Vera's artwork in person.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
First order of business would be to call American Express and get a bump on your credit line before heading over to Tone on Tone in fancy Bethesda. There is something here for everyone from mirrors with modern lines to the most amazing 19th Century English Trunk. 'Tone on Tone specializes in 18th and 19th century painted Swedish antiques. Crafted in simple lines and painted in neutral colors, it is easy to understand why these classic furnishings fit so well in today's homes.'
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We found the best web site for terrific references on what to do this spring in Montgomery County, also known as 'The Upside of Downtown'. If you're searching for the perfect weekend adventure, crafts fair or even a butterfly exhibit then you must visit www.cvbmontco.com/events
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sarah is the acclaimed author of eight best-selling books including The Not So Big House and The Not So Big Life. If you love OPaL homes you will thoroughly enjoy Sarah's books and will easily find them at Amazon.com. You should also try to catch one of Sarah's lectures or presentations. You can find her schedule at www.NotSoBig.com. Enjoy
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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
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!