Wednesday, June 29, 2016

OH MY GOODNESS! OPaL's Historic Church is Looking FAB-U-LOUS!

The WS Pittman Church at Morton Street Mews is taking shape. We just pulled down the construction fence yesterday. The huge arched windows have been installed on the front gable wall. The cornice on the turrets is on and simply a work of art. She needs a little more clean-up but you can see the building has good bones. We ordered 4' tall, copper finials for the top of each turret, hopefully they can be installed this week. Can't wait to see the completed homes in August.

WS Pittman Church (circa 1905) transforming into 6 rowhomes.

Copper Finials. One for each turret.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cluss Court in Hill East by OPaL / Coming Winter 2018

After two unanimous ANC votes and a unanimous HPRB vote today, we will be moving forward with our next alley project in DC: turning a vacant 1920's garage into two family-sized homes with 3 complete bedroom suites, garage parking, wide-open living areas plus a sunroom and sliding glass wall opening onto an oversized patio.

Thanks to all the neighbors for their comments and support. Can't wait to be working right along side you next year.  It'll be super fun!

A 1920's garage with a modern, glassy addition.

Two, family sized homes with incredible indoor space and sliding glass wall opening to a private side patio.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Handwritten Notes to OPaL. Love Them.

Over the years I've gotten several handwritten notes about our homes. Either from realtors, homeowners, people who have toured our models or people who want to join the OPaL team. However, last week I got a super nice letter from the Regional VP of our lumber and window supplier after he toured Morton Street Mews. Like I've written here before, people will normally say nice things about a developers homes; thats the polite thing to do. But when it comes to an OPaL home, it's the vocabulary people use that really lets us know we are doing something extraordinary. Plus when they take the time to handwrite a letter, you know they liked what they saw.

Take the time to read this letter. It's the essence of who we are as developers and home builders.

I have even framed some of the letters I have received about our homes.

Friday, June 10, 2016


I had our terrific friends at ArchiBMI, who do all of our wonderful renderings, color our Sherman Ave building at Morton Street Mews for DC Pride. I think it looks great. Probably not very marketable if the building were rainbow in real life, but it looks good this way online. :-)