Thursday, June 14, 2018

OPaL Brings Back The Keeping Room at The Manors. Ta-Dahhh!

We just completed the model home at The Manors with our very first Keeping Room. I had thought of a keeping room as a sitting area right next to the kitchen, where guests hung out while dinner was prepared. Now that OPaL has built our first keeping room, I have educated myself on how the term came to be.

Here's what I've learned::
"keeping room is actually a very basic concept. It is a secondary living room that connects to the kitchen area. It was a popular space in colonial times due to the fact that the heat from the kitchen kept the keeping room warm, making it one of the few heated areas in the house"

Interesting right? Well our keeping room doesn't need heat but it is a super neat space. We have separated it from the kitchen with a large set of French doors. We also made sure to continue the use of the 7' tall windows throughout; this ensures the keeping room will be as sunlit as the rest of our home. THAT'S SO OPaL.

This is one of my favorites spaces we have ever built. I hope you think so too.

In this photo you can see the full length French Doors that separate the Keeping Room from the Kitchen.

OPaL's First Keeping Room. Ta-Dahhhh!

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Here's to a fun filled pride month for the entire DC Metro Area!

We had Watkins Alley colored to perfection by our terrific friends at ArchiBIM. Thanks Viktor!

Jason & my kids: Maddie & Paddy dancing at Eastern Market! Aren't they the cutest?