Monday, August 29, 2011


Today we had the high honor of meeting our acclaimed architect's mom. She was thrilled and "proud as pumpkin" to see another project designed by her son. Of course, though her favorite Greg Sparhawk home would be the one he designed for her on the Chesapeake Bay. The Clara Barton was a close second for sure.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BIG, BIG Day for OPaL:: More GALA Judging at Cabin John Crossing Plus ANC Meeting for The Stables

Tonight is our first ANC meeting for approval of the architecture at Naylor Court Stables, our new project near Logan Circle. We also hope to have the number of homes and site plan with detached carriage homes approved. The project has received tentative approval from the city and from Historic Review and overwhelming community support. Wish us luck!
Shown above:: large rear bay windows overlook the gated interior motor court with detached carriage homes for garage parking plus a home studio or hobby room above the garage; also shown is the Naylor Court street elevation designed to resemble the many historic stables along Naylor Court and Blagden Alley.
Additionally, more judges will be dropping in on the Clara Barton model home today and tomorrow. This time: Best Architecture of Homes Priced over $1mm and tomorrow we will be judged for HOUSE OF THE YEAR. Oh My!

Visit The Stables on our Web Site

Visit Cabin John Crossing on our Web Site

The Architectural Statement at 10th & Florida

From our favorite DC blog URBANTURF:: "In 2003, Jeff Speck moved to DC to become design director at the National Endowment for the Arts, and almost immediately began looking for an empty lot to build the flatiron-style home that he had been thinking about for some time. After an extensive search, Speck found what he wanted — a north-pointing arrow at the tip of the original L’Enfant plan for the city." Jeff located the perfect lot at the corner of Florida Ave. and 10th Street, NW in the heart of Shaw just off boisterous U Street.

"I believe that it is possible to insert a modernist building into a traditional neighborhood in a way that contributes to the existing architectural stock,” Speck said. “My ultimate goal was to create a piece of art, without in any way compromising the practicality of the home, and I am proudest of the fact that it lives as well as any vertical urban row house.”

We agree! The exterior of the home draws your attention each time you pass by and now we don't have to wonder what the interior looks like any more. Plus the home is for sale and you can own it for just $1,195,000.

Friday, August 19, 2011

GALA Judges Descend on Cabin John

Four judges for the 2011 Great American Living Awards visited our Clara Barton model home yesterday. We had spent the day prepping our little jewel for them: cutting the grass, removing smudges from the front door, untangling the American flag and general clean-up. We've been nominated in five categories for this years awards. Yesterday we were judged in the category Interior Merchandising of homes over $1 million. Next week a new set of judges will visit for Architecture of homes over $1 million. We've heard there are many entries this year in our categories.
The visit went well and the judges had lovely things to say about the home but were closed-lipped when it came to any details as they scribbled on their ballots. Three of the judges remembered judging our model home in Baltimore several years ago, they said how much they all loved the home. Let's hope they had the same feeling this time. We won't find out until the ceremony this October in Tyson's Corner. Wish us luck.
The Clara Barton has also been nominated in two national architecture competitions this year. Those awards are presented at the 2012 Builders Show in Orlando, FL.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Naylor Court Stables Will Be Just Steps from CityMarket at O

OPaL has not only inspired Martha Stewart to renovate her guest cottage (see post from August 9th) we might also have had something to do with CityMarket at O getting under way. Within days of announcing our work on The Stables, OPaL's clever new homes off O Street, Roadside Development announced plans to close the current Giant grocery store on September 8th. The ensuing demolition will make way for the $260 million project including a new grocer, over 600 residential units plus 87,000 square of retail which includes the new Giant. All this just steps from Naylor Court.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What MARTHA and OPaL Have in Common

Just saw this on Martha Stewart's Blog, hmmm, look familiar? Seems Martha saw our new model home in Cabin John and decided to renovate her guest cottage with the same palette. Dark espresso hardwoods with large and chunky, bright white trim. Thanks for the shout-out Martha, see you in the Hampton's this fall.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Original Sketches of Cabin John Crossing Architecture

Just thought you might like to see Greg's (our architect) initial thoughts on architecture for Cabin John Crossing. He provided us with three concepts to choose from: Railroad Prairie, Updated Farm Home and Coastal Hamptons. Needless to say we thought the Updated Farm Home with colorful elevations would be perfect for Cabin John, MD. Hope you agree!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

OPaL Proudly Presents Our Model Home at Cabin John Crossing

The Clara Barton model home was completed this week and now open to the public. We are just about sold out with pricing from $1,750,000. Time is truly of the essence in this case. With the Potomac River nearby, the C&O Towpath at your door and the Wild Tomato Bistro just steps away there is little reason to leave Cabin John Crossing off your To-Do list. Stop by soon, before they are all gone.