Monday, December 30, 2013

Dupont & Georgetown are so 2007 | Everything Cool is Moving East!!

If you're not in Shaw, Logan or 14th Street you might check your heart rate......cause everyone is moving east.....well if you want have fun and be around all the excitement.  My friends have all been 'Checking In' at places east of 12 Street lately and they sound uber good and uber fun!  Here are just a few.....

Friday, December 13, 2013

Look Who Joined Me at Work Today!

Maddie left her brother at home so she could join me at work, albeit for just a few minutes (it's cold as heck out there).  The Tunador Summer Haven addition is coming along nicely.....she said.

Maddie & Daddy her first photo bomb!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Cookie Cutter Again:: Forest Hills, DC

OPaL in Forest Hills, DC::  A classic cedar shake home with steeply pitched roof lines (even a dutch colonial gable end facing Fessenden Street), covered front and rear porches, 3 car garage, stone accents PLUS a forward facing sunroom! 

For Sale Late Spring 2014

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Naylor Court Stables Makes the Cut:: Logan Circle Holiday House Tour 2013

Last year my friends and I went on the Logan Circle Holiday House Tour for the first was a great day.  We saw uber modern condos, historic row homes and met lots a great neighbors.  This year we nominated our model home at Naylor Court Stables and were enthusiastically accepted (obviously LOL).  They are expecting up to 1000 people to take the walking tour of the ten homes in tour this year.  It'll be a great day in the neighborhood.  Mark your calendars:: Sunday, December 8th.

PS:: our interior designer's home at 12th & S Streets also made the tour.  You gotta see his home, it is over-the-top glamour.  

PS #2:: thought you might like to see our ad that will run in the tour guide.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Naylor Court Stables' Direct Mail Post Card.....In Mail Boxes Next Week!

Thought you might find our marketing post card for Naylor Court Stables interesting.  We have had incredible interest from people living nearby in condos and apartments that we have decided to send this post card to over 3000 neighbors next week.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cleveland Park:: Here Comes OPaL

Can't think of a better neighborhood for an OPaL home::  Cleveland Park, DC

A Classic Hamptons elevation in DC?  That's right.  For Sale Spring 2014

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Naylor Court Stables Model Home Tease

What model home (aka an old stable) would be complete without a Jackie O. collage???

Good Grief!  Black, white and emerald green......cowabunga!

Hand crafted, wood shutters with hinges and shutter dogs.......totally awesome!  PERIOD!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Beach House Tuxedo.....Well Played

The owners finalized the exterior colors for their Rehoboth Beach get-a-way now almost under roof.  Drum roll please::

Cedar Shake Siding::  Iron Grey
Gazebo, Arbor & all Trim::  Arctic White
Architectural Shingles::  Jet Black
Standing Seam Metal Roof:: Silver

Just a complete classic...a tuxedo for the home....well played gents!!

Can you imagine the below colors on this awesome elevation? Just AMAZE!!

Iron Gray siding, Arctic White trim, Silver metal roof, Black shingles and exterior doors!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Check Out Our Pretty New Awards.....And You Know We Like Pretty!

OPaL's first custom home is a real winner.....literally!  This past Thursday at the Sheraton in Tyson's, where we have won many, many awards, we were honored with three awesome more::  
  • Reserve Champion for Custom Home Architecture priced over $1mm
  • Champion Living Space for the sunroom in our model home
  • Champion Interior Merchandising for a Custom Home priced over $1mm

Our latest awards find their way home!

Here's the room that was awarded Best Living Space in DC, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

Village Twins Comes to Completion in Style

We just finished up the final home in Chevy Chase and she's a keeper.  Landscapers where there all week along with the stagers and cleaning crew.  It's an OPaL classic with Dutch Colonial roof, Hardie cedar-shake and lap siding and that awesome stair tower on the right front of the home.

Hopefully the weather is great this Sunday for the first open house.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Not such a great pic, however, the cabinets have a glassy, white finish and the edges are stainless steel.....SUPER COOL.  Seems to me every urban builder is doing the espresso flat cabinets with some ugly tile backsplash.....we are sticking with a classic and turning up the volume!!  Soon to follow:: Monogram commercial appliances, classic subway tile backsplash, uber cool Carrera counters, black hardwoods and Ralph Lauren wall paper!!! HOT, HOT HOT!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Naylor Court Stables is Starting to Look Like an OPaL Home

Though smaller in scale, the beamed ceiling and columns are taking on our OPaL aesthetic.  Plus, how about those black window sashes from the inside?  Nice, right?!

Love, love the trimmed out columns and ceiling.

The gals at P Four love floor to ceiling trim this grid pattern in the rec-room. Will look AMAZE once it's all painted trim-white in semi-gloss.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Those DC Blogs Love Them Some Stables

Yet another DC real estate blogger has caught up with The favorite part of their blog:  'my money is on them being sold before completion - great neighborhood, location and alley vibe in a new construction.'  Plus: 2 car parking, 2600 square feet and they are uber, uber cool!

BadWolfDC's Pic of the Carriage Homes

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Looking ADORBS* in the Village of North Chevy Chase

Our final home in The Village of North Chevy Chase is looking terrific.....I just love the cedar shake in that wonderful green.  Exterior stone work starts this week, just when you thought it couldn't get any better!

What a super clever elevation:: Dutch Colonial roof line.

Now that's an OPaL street-scape: both homes look terrific!

Even the side elevation is interesting. That's so OPaL!

Thursday, July 11, 2013



Rear elevation:: huge 6' tall windows on the main level, 8' tall sliders in master bedroom and even 5' tall windows in the loft bedroom!!

Rooftop terrace: the windows get even better looking close up and personal! The doors will be installed today!

OKAY REALLY? How cute this window in the powder room?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sean Ruppert in Professional Builder Magazine

A few months ago I was interviewed by a very friendly lady who had seen some of the awards we had won at Cabin John Crossing and thought we'd make a great addition to an article she was putting together for Professional Builder magazine.  Here are the results.....even though I'm burried on page 3. (smile)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

OPaL has a Surprise Delivery

Just five days ago I welcomed my children into the world.  Meet Patrick Logan Ruppert and Madeline Skye Ruppert.  They were six weeks early so they remain in the hospital.  Can't wait to get them home in a few weeks so we can get them started in Home Building 101.

Patrick Logan Ruppert

Madeline Skye Ruppert

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lover of the Written Word

I think we have one of the best copy writers in the country.  Her name is Tierney and she is also a cartomancer.  If you've never heard of this, it means she reads Tarot Cards, but even better, every Friday on Facebook she posts something called: Friday Night Confessions.  She will get 75-100 comments with people confessing their wayward ways of the previous week. It's a riot and I look forward to it each week.
I digress.  Tierney just sent me the final draft of the copy we will be using in our Custom Home brochure, check it out::

                                                   Homes With a Singular Perspective—Yours. 

                     There is a distinctive feeling to something created just for you. It's as if it were an extension of your body and soul, flowing as you flow, anticipating your every move and need. And when this creation is your home, it makes living in sync with your family’s authentic nature an everyday pleasure.

A small number of homeowners who share the OPaL aesthetic can now access the impeccable talents of our architecture, contracting and building teams to create the one home that embodies everything on their wish list. These are not homes adapted from our current designs. They are craftsman-quality homes birthed specifically for your site and from your vision to accommodate your every habit, move, desire and breath.

In more ways than one, there will never be another home quite like yours—a couture experience to fit every aspect of your life. OPaL only accepts a very small handful of these commissions each year. Make yours one of those homes. 

Makes you want to buy an OPaL Custom Home.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Panda, Canal, Baby Shower & Wood! Whats You Talkin 'Bout Willis??

HUGE WEEK FOR OPaL::  Panda, Canal, Baby Shower & Wood!

Let me explain::  We are expecting the delivery of our Panda Jockey from Cleveland anytime today. We also just received the final rendering for Canal Mews so now they can finish the site I.D. sign and web site. Additionally, we are prepping the model home for a HUGE baby shower this Sunday.  And the lumber should drop (that's a builder term, lumber drop) at The Stables, where we could be under roof in 2 weeks!!

Here he is, right before being packaged up for his long truck ride to DC.

All boxed up.

Canal Mews @ Palisades.  This will be such a fun project to build this summer and fall.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Just When You Thought The Palisades Couldn't Get Any Cooler:: Canal Mews Comes Along

Just incase you never knew, when a developer has a perspective rendering done (one in which the homes are drawn from an angle other than straight on) the artist must first make an wire frame of the structure to ensure the homes will be seen from the angle the developer desires.  Years ago they actually made the model from wire but of course today they are drawn on computer.

This is the perspective for OPaL's ever-so-cool 'Coastal Greystones' we will be building in the Palisades area of DC this summer.  Once approved the artist will add color to the homes, landscaping and a blue sky.  Fun stuff.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Those DC Blogs Love Naylor Court Stables....So Do We!

Let me quote BadWolf DC::

"Over the past 2 years much has been discussed and written about "The Stables at Naylor Court" a project from OPaL of Cabin John Md. The good news is that the construction has started in earnest. The ambitious project that will build 3 town homes in Naylor Court who's exterior recreates the look of the stables of old, while providing a small gated community."

Friday, April 26, 2013

OPaL's New Office and Model are Just About Complete.....

Moved into our new office and model home a few weeks ago and it is just amazing. So many people contributed to this beautiful home, none more that the creative minds at GPS Designs and P Four Interiors.  
This home will take OPaL to unforeseen places.  I will publish professional photos in a month or two, just waiting for some more art to be delivered and of pool furniture.  :-)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

OPaL Beach House for Summer 2013 with the Volume Turned Up

The plans for the Joe P. beach house in Rehoboth are almost complete. With that classic beach elevation, center courtyard for pool and gazebo plus wide open interior spaces, beamed ceilings and that intangible OPaL feeling.....this will be quite the gathering place for friends and family, OPaL style.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013



Using the colors from our OPaL Custom Home logo collage, the artists have created a clever pattern for the silks of the Panda Jockey.  We also changed the number to 13, our lucky number.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

PandaMania Comes to OPaL & Cabin John 9 Years Later

A few months ago I became obsessed with finding the fabricator of the Elephants and Donkeys that the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities had designed for their 2002 Party Animals project. The exhibition had 100 of the animals painted by local artists and placed though-out the city.  
After chasing down three incorrect fabricators, I 'Nancy Drew-ed' the former President of the Commission who emailed me the correct company in St. Paul, MN.  Come to find out the original Donkeys and Elephants are held under a copyright.  HOWEVER, they have a single Panda remaining from PandaMania (not under copyright) the 2004 exhibition with 150 Pandas places throughout our Nation's Capital.  EVEN BETTER than the Party Animals!
I asked them to create two designs for us to chose from: a Leprechaun and a Jockey.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sean Ruppert Quoted Nationally, Good Grief.

We were quoted in this month's edition of BUILDER Magazine for an article about memory points.  After all, that's what we do best!