Friday, November 5, 2021

Cabin John Refresh for Our Neighbor

We have several renovations coming up in our very own Cabin John, MD.  From garage additions to full interior renovations to this super charming addition and interior renovation. I am thrilled with the exterior design of this kitchen and den addition to our neighbors home. Hope they chose option #1, but they would both be terrific additions to our hood.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Elevator Townhomes on Capitol Hill - Steps to Eastern Market


DC's Most Affordable Elevator Homes
Just About Sold Out.

Priced at $1,485,000
2 or 3 Bedrooms + 2 Dens + 2 Terraces + Parking
Walker's Paradise - Steps to 3 Grocers & Eastern Market

Monday, September 20, 2021

Naylor Court Stables Revisited


While looking for something else, I stumbled across this photo of Naylor Court Stables in Shaw, DC. One of our most recognized projects, winning DC Home of the Year 2013 and also National Project of the Year. Hard to believe we never used this photo before, it's just a wonderful image with the blue skies. I had completely forgotten I hired a drone for this photo because none of our other photographs showed the 4th level and terraces. What a great find on a September Monday!

Kind of fitting now that we are rebuilding the single level garage shown to the left in this image...soon it will be a detached, two level home.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Over the Moon for this Bethesda Renovation

After OPaL (front elevation)

Before OPaL (front elevation)

Before OPaL (rear elevation)

After OPaL (rear elevation)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Two National Awards in One Night for OPaL!

Once again our incredible team of trades, contractors, clients and partners have help deliver two more national awards for OPaL's work in the National Capitol Region. We could not be more proud of everyone's efforts to achieve this recognition on a national level. The Gold Nugget Awards were presented last week in San Francisco. Over 600 entries from around the world were whittled down to a handful for finalist in each category.
OPaL was a national finalist in two categories and by the end of the night we had won both:: National Home Renovation and National Custom Home under 4,000 Square Feet. You can see the other finalists below in each category.  

We are completely honored to bring home national attention to the work we do in our hometown.


Our Personal Favorite. OPaL's major renovation in Cleveland Park, DC.
Now the home to a wonderful mom and her son. They were thrilled their home is a Winner!


Our personal favorite. With just about the best clients a builder could ask for.
Dupont Circle, DC

Friday, June 4, 2021

A Quick Kitchen Renovation in Cabin John!

One of our neighbors reached out a few months ago asking for us to help them with a kitchen renovation. However, they had a limited time frame as family would be joining them for the summer. In just a few months OPaL turned a vintage 1997 white on white kitchen into this sleek, modern, completely 'on-trend' kitchen. Complete with dark navy cabinets, modern ceramic flooring, oversized subway tile, a complete Thermador appliance package, custom built-in banquet seating and even floating shelves.  Even with covid delays still holding up their new fridge and microwave, the place looks great. We kept their old fridge and microwave, just incase.

This kitchen looks FAB. BU. LOUS; was done on a budget and is nearly complete in record time. That's So OPaL. That's Great Clients.

Nearly completed. Covid delays have left us missing a fridge and microwave. 

Look at that cute banquet by the windows.

Nearly complete, but looking great!




Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Branding 3 Neighborhood Projects by OPaL

We have three incredibly cool projects under construction on O Street NW, between 9th and 11th Streets NW. Smack dab between Shaw and Logan Circle and adjacent the Naylor Court / Blagden Alley Historic District. With a combined 9 homes we decided to brand them all as one OPaL project. We're calling them O! Street by OPaL. To this end we have hired our favorite people at Lyons & Sucher advertising and an Instagram specialist to get the word out. 

Below are the first round of logos. Once a single logo has been decided on, they will add color and move on to the rest of the branding.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021


By this time on Friday, April 16th, 2021 - almost our entire OPaL Team will have been Vaccinated for Covid 19. We will continue to socially distance, wear masks and wash hands. We are almost out of the woods on this things. Brighter days are ahead for sure.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

OPaL Wins DC Home of the Year! (Again)

This week the Great American Living Awards were held online for the first time in its history. However, when OPaL won DC Home of the Year, it was not our first time. Our Little Red Chapel became our 4 win of Home of the Year in just 7 years. We were runner up twice, still a huge success in a metro area full of incredible developers. We are very proud of Little Red Chapel, it truly was an honor to have worked on this project; converting a 1900 chapel into two homes that have been recognized around the country. The project was also a Merit Award Winner nationally, only being bested by the Woolworth Tower in Manhattan for the 2020 Best Historic Conversion in the country! Isn't that incredible? Our little chapel on Capitol Hill was runner-up to a project of that magnitude, budget and notoriety.

Front Elevation After OPaL

Front Elevation Before OPaL.

Rear Elevation Before OPaL.

Contemporary Rear Elevation After OPaL.

All new stain glass in the same pattern from 1900.

Newly created loft space in both homes.

Her eyes follow you everywhere.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Unanimous Approval in Shaw for This Creative Duplex

 OPaL and the Blagden Alley - Naylor Court Historic District go way back. Now in 2021 we are set to begin work on another ground breaking project with a unique back-to-back duplex. The entrances to both homes will be from an interior courtyard with large window walls, a significant, center-piece Magnolia tree and an ivy wall. Both homes will have off street parking and one will have a guest suite on the second level of the carriage house. This is so OPaL.