2017 MBIA Whole House Remodel

2017 MBIA Award of Excellence- Whole House over $600,000 

Our client’s dream home was originally built in 1920, and a previous renovation had provided them 15 years of great memories with their children. It was time to rework the home for the next phase of their life. Architect Patrick Jarosinski and interior designer Anita Stapleton were brought in to give the home an entirely new personality. The combined vision was to abandon the contemporary plan and institute a formal and sophisticated design.

From the outside, the first part of this transformation was to change from the turned gable portico to the copper clad shed style design. Upon entering through the new custom mahogany front door you are greeted by a sweeping curved staircase with Walnut rails rising to a second floor study and the master suite which are only slightly visible through the decorative turned balusters and a series of arches.

Straight ahead is the formal dining room which leads you into the other public areas of the house. To the left is a split level stair. The upper split level was completely re-imagined and is highlighted by a small den area with deck access and views of the creek. Originally, one hall bath served the three bedrooms. Now the front of the home has identical bedrooms conjoined with a buddy bath sharing only the glass enclosed shower. On the back of the house is a new guest suite with its own bathroom, water views and direct access to the deck, pool, back yard and pier. The lower split level was improved with an updated full bath, wine closet and new gym space resulting from the conversion of a former bedroom.

Back on the entry level the open floor plan was replaced by distinct spaces defined by wide formal archways and unique ceiling details. The dining room is situated to take full advantage of the water view and the proximity to the kitchen.  Moving through the dining room you will arrive at the lounge area with its island containing the ice machine and beverage center, window seat flanked by buffet space on either side and the café style sitting area. To your right is the completely new kitchen. It had been segregated from the public areas by a load bearing wall full of ducts, pipes and wires. Some creative engineering allowed for the space to be visually and physically opened up to connect to the lounge and living room. A secondary benefit to this structural work was the ability to introduce the tray ceiling detail over the main island, adding a little bit of drama to the elegant space. Through the kitchen is another updated bath and a completely reorganized laundry and pantry area.

At the other end of this wing is the formal living room anchored by the new central fireplace.  There are 270 degree water views from this space thanks to the new windows and sliding doors organized in perfect symmetry off of the fireplace and arch.

As part of this effort, the entire envelope of the house was brought up to current energy code by upgrading wall, ceiling and roof insulation. A new roof and Hardi shake siding for both the home and detached garage, and new garage doors round out the improvements to this whole house renovation.

2017 MBIA Whole House Remodel Award

2017 MBIA Award of Excellence -Whole House Remodel  $450,000-$500,000

Upon purchasing this 1978 custom home located just off the Severn River, the new owners had two goals; update the almost 40-year-old finishes and make a much stronger connection to the outside and incredible water views. The front door remains in the original location but upon entry everything else changes.  As you enter the foyer you are greeted by a galley style walkway, leading to an open kitchen, dining and entertaining area that spills out to the large deck through the 23’ wide Nanawall door and window system. The Nanawall has folding doors that meet up with the main kitchen counter where a series of folding windows sit in a track on the surface. When open, they reveal an extended counter outside that serves as an outdoor bar area.  This amenity blurs the line between inside and out connecting the kitchen to the sun deck adding 200 SF of additional entertaining space.

The chef’s kitchen has clean lines and vintage elements that are combined with subway tile, floating walnut shelves, marble and concrete in a sophisticated modern industrial vibe.  A large accessible walk in pantry is steps from the island and hidden behind 2 large barn doors when the need arises. Soft drinks and the latest drafts are easily accessible at the separate wet bar with keg cooler. The powder room is nearby and the laundry room doubles as a hideaway for their two large dogs with a cozy kennel space located underneath the back stairway. At the other end of the main level is the living room. In the living area, the dropped ceiling was eliminated and a bulky wood balcony between the dining and living space was removed. Three short sliding doors were replaced with 6’ wide by 8-1/2’ tall picture windows, which allow for a commanding view of the ever changing riverscape. 

2017 MBIA Interior Remodel Award

2017 MBIA Award of Excellence- Interior Remodel $200,000-$300,000

The client inherited the 1970’s rancher she grew up in from her parents and wanted to make it her own.  After engaging the services of Architect Larysa Kurylas, she finalized plans for the extensive interior remodel with two underlying objectives. The first of which was to update the home to a level consistent with today’s home market place and the second was to keep the exterior of the home consistent with the neighboring homes.

The contemporary design focused on implementing an open floor plan with clean lines while upgrading the 47-year-old kitchen and bathrooms. All of the rooms were rearranged in the re-design and a large rectangular tile floor was used as a unifying element throughout the main living area to tie together the kitchen, dining area, foyer and living area. Other subtle cues were added to define each space’s intended use in the open floor plan. A free-standing divider wall was introduced to separate the living area from the foyer area. Decorative lighting and a custom screen wall made of Lyptus to match the kitchen cabinets, identifies the dining area. In addition to opening up the interior of the home by removing partition walls, exterior walls were also opened up to allow light to permeate deeper into the home and provide an airier feeling. Three large floor to ceiling panes of frosted glass were inserted on the front of the home allowing natural light into the space while still maintaining a sense of privacy from the street elevation without dramatically changing the exterior appearance. On the back side of the house, new sliding doors were installed to invite in more light and enhance the connection to the expansive back yard. 

In the kitchen, a simple Lyptus slab style cabinet with an integrated pull was combined with solid surface counters to evoke a clean and sophisticated aesthetic. 

The client challenged us to stay within some tight budget constraints to keep the investment within the value of the neighborhood while still creating a unique finished product that made the home standout. To help with the marketability of the home new windows were introduced on the basement level and the previously unfinished basement was outfitted with the same level of finish as the rest of the home adding 50% more living space

2016 Annapolis Home Magazine

2016 Annapolis Home Magazine Builder and Fine Design Awards- Design Excellence for Residential Remodel

The project residence is a seven year young home in a historic neighborhood of Annapolis, MD surrounded by stately older homes.  The home’s original architect designed an exterior appropriate with the fabric of its historic surroundings, however the interior common spaces were uninspired and compartmentalized. 

The clients hired architect Andrew Buxton to reorganize the rooms and create an open plan visually connecting the entertaining areas making movement between them comfortable while giving each space its own identity.   In addition to the functional space improvements, the clients wanted to add character to the interior that matched the charm of the exterior and the historic neighborhood.  The design concept was to remove as many physical walls as possible and be creative with the interior finishes and features in order to delineate the spaces.

To achieve the design, 85% of the main living level walls and ceilings needed to be removed as well as the entire floor.  Implementing the open concept presented huge construction challenges. Several of the walls designated for removal were structural and needed to have steel or LVL beams installed in their place.  All of the walls contained wiring and some contained plumbing lines servicing bathrooms on the upper level and ductwork.  The major challenge of the plan was to implement the structural enhancements while allowing for the redistribution of the plumbing and HVAC lines with respect to code compliancy.

A high level of  craftsmanship in collaboration with the architect was needed to seamlessly connect the unique millwork treatments in each space. The dining area is now combined with the breakfast room and delineated by a full coffered ceiling and is open to the family room, kitchen and living room.  The large central space acts as a hub for entertaining.  The new expandable banquet style table can accommodate as many as twelve and is complimented by a new fireplace feature and pantry built in added to provide extra storage for china, stemware, and table settings.

The clients desired more room to entertain in a uniquely designed & well-appointed but comfortable space.  Without adding to the footprint, creative design and exceptional craftsmanship came together to not only meet but exceed the client’s expectations.

2015 MBIA Custom Home Award

2015 MBIA Custom Builder Award of Excellence in the Custom Contemporary Home category

Located in Annapolis near the Bay Bridge, this home sits on a lot with stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Baltimore lighthouse. It was these views that created the design inspiration for this project. All colors chosen reflect the homeowners’ captivation of the ever-changing colors that the water and sun create. Bold colors can be seen throughout the home starting as you walk in the door. With the sun setting towards the front of the house and not over the water, the lighthouse catches the last hints of light before it goes down and glows red against the darkening sky. This provided the inspiration for the ceiling color in the open two-story living and dining area. The house was oriented on the lot in a way that allows for Passive Solar heating and provides the best views of the Bay and lighthouse. This property is unique in that it was specifically designed for two families, a brother and sister along with their spouses and kids, to share. Because of this the home was custom built to include two master suites and two other bedrooms. It is extremely energy efficient and incorporates the use of Passive Solar heating and LEED principles.

2014 MBIA Interior Remodel Award

2014 MBIA Award of Excellence in the Interior Remodel up to $200,000 category for this waterfront cottage in Annapolis

The remodel of this waterfront cottage took the whole first floor space down to the studs except for a small bath and laundry room. The interior originally consisted of a small closed off kitchen space with separate living room and bedroom with limited views of the water below. The new open floor plan added large picture windows and sliding glass doors to the water-front side of the house, providing unobstructed views of the water from the first steps into the foyer and every other location on the first floor. The new rectangular space with a long wall of glass created a significant challenge to find adequate storage space without inhibiting the views or spaces for furniture layout. Custom builtins were designed along the living room wall to accommodate a wood burning fireplace, storage needs, display area and Audio Visual equipment. The homeowner wanted a surround sound system with large flat screen TV but didn’t want to see all the components and speakers so ceiling mounted speakers were used and cabinets were designed to hide the components and tuck away the TV when needed.

Three windows were added to the kitchen to expand the views but this made the kitchen design a challenge due to limited wall space for cabinets and appliances. The solution was to use full height cabinets with extra storage under the raised eat-in bar providing plenty of storage options. The microwave drawer and oven were carefully chosen to fit under the granite counters and a telescoping downdraft hides behind the glass cooktop keeping the focus from the kitchen on the beautiful waterfront views. Field finished Mahogany floors run through the first floor and up the custom crafted stair case helping to make the space feel larger than it is.

2014 MBIA Kohler Remodel Award

2014 MBIA Award of Excellence in the Kohler Remodel category for this Highland Master Bathroom Remodel

The master bath in this country home did not fit in with the feel of the homes other spaces. The homeowners wanted a “his and her” bath but did not have a way to expand the existing space. Gutting the whole bathroom and changing the location of the toilet and sink helped with the redesign of the shower, resulting in a more functional “his and her” bathroom. It includes such features as a Kohler whirlpool tub, double vanity with Kohler sculpted faucets, double Kohler shower heads and body jets that are located at his and her heights in the walk in shower. The white and grey color palette was the perfect compliment to the chrome fixtures, creating a fresh look that brightens up the room. The Kohler line of products was chosen for its sleek design that fit in well with a traditional home design. Sleek design and sensible cost with the Kohler line helped to keep the design and construction cost within budget.

2014 MBIA Exterior Remodel Award

2014 MBIA Award of Excellence in the Exterior Remodel over $200,000 category

The homeowners were looking to upgrade the exterior of the house by adding architectural features that would provide interest and curb appeal as well as a new enclosed porch area to provide more additional living space and enjoyment of the back yard. Working with architect, the homeowners decided on a new front portico with walkway to the rear patio and a new larger enclosed porch and grilling patio.

Because the new enclosed porch would be 15 feet longer and become an enclosed space, the existing screen room was completely removed and replaced with a new structure on new footings and slab.  The new enclosed porch is directly off the existing living room with two windows and a French door providing a link between it and the homes interior living space. A custom designed removable window and screen system allows for three season use of the room. Three fixed skylights bring the sky into view and provide lots of light throughout the room and another French door was added to the side of the enclosed porch for access to the new bluestone covered grilling patio.

The blue stone patio connects to a new blue stone and brick walkway that curves around the enclosed porch leading to the front of the house joining the new portico in the front that was added on to create a covered area over the front door and also present a strong design element heightening the curb appeal.

2014 MBIA Whole House Remodel Award

2014 MBIA Award of Excellence in the Whole House Remodel over $500,000 category for a custom home on the South River

Enchanted with the incredible views of the South River from this property, the homeowner wanted this property to be uniquely his by incorporating many of the features that he had come to enjoy at his other properties. Both the exterior and interiors of the home were dated with small windows, closed in spaces and dark finishes, so with the help of the Architect and Builder a plan was laid out for a whole house renovation which consisted of removing the ceiling and taking every room down to the studs. Because of the proximity to the water, critical area concerns kept the project within the existing exterior walls so as not to disturb the footprint of the existing structure.

Details were sketched for every space on the interior adding custom molding, unique niches, interesting transitions, and custom sourced materials. A coffered ceiling was added in the formal living space enhancing the drama of the large picture windows along the west facing view of the water. A custom designed gas fireplace, decorative LED lighting and custom cherry furniture pieces also added a one-of-a kind flare to the main living and entertaining space. The kitchen’s focus was to be a highly functional entertaining space with emphasis on sleek finishes without losing the practicality and efficient use of space. The finishes of glass, dark granite, and stainless steel combined with the hard wood ceiling and nautical pendant lighting present clean lines.

The two bedroom suites of the home are appointed as well as any luxury hotel with thoughtful finishes in the bath such as multi-function toilets, custom controls for shower temperature, a continuous hot water loop linking all the faucets for instant hot water delivery, and radiant heat in the flooring. Granite and yellow onyx tile cover almost all of the surfaces in the oversized luxury bathrooms with custom made floating vanities. Large picture windows in both suites take in the south facing views of the river.

The lower level is finished with an overflow suite for unexpected guests as well as a dedicated work room with laundry, sink and refrigerator for the caretaker. Even the mechanical rooms is thoughtfully designed and color coded to match the standard utility color schemes.

While the view is breathtaking 50 feet up from the river, the water and dock below are very much a part of the appeal of this property. A steep decline called for a tram to be installed off the deck for easy access to the dock.

This whole project resulted in a 90% new and 100% custom built home, a great value for the homeowner who now has a uniquely one-of-a-kind property.

 

2011 Best Remodel Annapolis Home Magazine

Winner of the 2011 Annapolis Home Magazine award in the Best Remodel Category for this Arnold, Maryland Residence

In this project the team worked to convert a 28-year old colonial home with a traditional floor plan into a contemporary space with natural light. An addition was built and walls were knocked down to create an open and spacious kitchen, great room, and master suite. It also included a guest bedroom and a painting studio upstairs. Wood and stone appear throughout the house and give the interior a natural feel enhanced by walls of large windows. These overlook the well groomed gardens.

2011 HBAM Whole House Remodel Award

2011 HBAM Award for Whole House Remodel $750,000+

Placid Court Residence, winner of the 2011 HBAM (Home Builders Association of Maryland) award of excellence in the Whole House Remodel $750,000-$1,000,000 category.

The project challenge: accommodating empty nesters who were living a contemporary lifestyle in a colonial setting.

The project solution: an intersection of preservation and innovation. The couple desired a modern open floor plan with an abundance of natural light while maintaining the traditional curb appeal. Converting the 28-year-old structure added to the challenge but also provided the excitement for such an undertaking.

The addition and renovations provided more space for personalizing the interior and connecting to the exterior. The focus on cooking, entertaining, and enjoying leisure time was expressed spatially, in the material selection, and in the adaptation of the site. The clients’ desires are showcased in a spacious and open kitchen with views to the other rooms and a well manicured backyard. Accents of wood and stone are a back drop to sophisticated kitchen cabinets and a beautiful collection of contemporary furniture. Large expanses of windows along the back of the house blur the line between the indoors and outdoors. This is further reinforced by the use of some materials both inside and out. The upper levels of the home are comprised of a master suite, guest bedrooms and baths, and a painting studio. The materials, spatial quality and furnishings echo the clients’ lifestyle and exquisite taste.

2011 HBAM Award for “Man Cave”

2011 HBAM Silver Merit award in the category for a Man Cave in the other projects $250,000-$350,000 category

The ultimate ‘man cave’ was created in the lower level of this 7-year-old custom home. A nod to the client’s favorite DC restaurant and bar set the tone for the project. The build would produce a multi-purpose space which consists of a fully stocked and functioning bar, a home theatre comprising of eight flat screens, a walk-in humidor, a gym, billiards table, and place to display the vast collection of sports memorabilia. Whether it is a quiet night with the family or entertaining a large group of friends, the homeowners wanted the atmosphere to be inviting and comfortable. One of the most important aspects of the job was developing a layout that brought together all of the homeowners’ desires into one space. One of the highlights of the project was the installation of an air system designed specifically to handle cigar smoke. The bar incorporates a tap system and specialties for serving up any type of tasty beverage. The fit and finish had to convey a well crafted and refined palette while being cost conscience. A combination of classic materials, such as cherry, along with simple yet elegant detailing were joined together to achieve a timeless and inspiring space.

2010 HBAM Whole House Remodel Award

2010 HBAM Award of Excellence for Whole House Remodel

The homeowners of this 1960’s era rancher, located along the golf course in Severna Park, Maryland, were looking to update the original floor plan and dated finishes through a whole house remodel. The goal was to expand their home in order to improve the ability to entertain and to enable themselves to work from home on occasion. They had recently completed a siding and roofing project and were very happy with the new curb appeal of their house, therefore wanting to make sure any additions were not obvious from the street and any new work matched the existing. To accomplish this, the homeowners and their architect elected to expand the entire footprint into the back yard. Two existing bedrooms were expanded to create the home office and master suite. The existing kitchen area and dining room were combined and then expanded to significantly increase the size of the new kitchen. An old screened porch was removed to make room for a new mud room and walk in pantry. Another screened porch was removed to allow for the addition of the new Dining room and Sunroom. Of utmost importance in this renovation was the creation of a true gourmet kitchen that would become the epicenter for all other activities and functions within the home. One of the greatest challenges to this job was integrating the new kitchen’s field framed vaulted ceiling into the truss roof covering the existing structure. Significant engineering and structural modifications went into mending the trusses and cutting them back to allow for the vaulted ceiling to span the kitchen and new sunroom addition unifying both spaces. The renovated home has been upgraded with a marquee kitchen, ample entertainment space, two brand new full baths and the most current home networking technology enabling the homeowners to connect to their Baltimore offices as if they were sitting in them.

2010 HBAM Kitchen Addition Award

Annapolis Kitchen Addition
This relatively young eleven-year-old 1999 production home lacked the warmth, comfort and individual identity typical to the many historic homes common throughout the Annapolis, Maryland area that the homeowners yearned for. The homeowners who are both very active retired naval officers thoroughly enjoy their neighbors and the neighborhood in which they live so they preferred not to leave all of that behind in the quest for a house with which they would share a deeper connection. This was achieved by enhancing their existing home to provide a larger, better outfitted, and more personalized kitchen that would have improved upon connections to their backyard where they spend a significant amount of their leisure time.