A long-time contractor client and his wife, Bob & Lynn O'Dell, purchased this small one-story brick and block home on a waterway just outside of Annapolis for themselves. The intent was to renovate and expand to create a two-story home with walk-up attic and oversized one-car garage, while keeping within not only the subdivision's height restrictions, but also the allowable building envelope of the site. The views from the rear of the home, especially from the second floor and attic, were worth it.
The owner, an artist who is a huge Arts & Crafts architecture fan, wanted to completely transform his old home into a Craftsman home with additions and interior renovations. Just about everything about this house was changed, even the location of the front entry.
O'Dell Construction, one of my long-time contractor clients, purchased this modest older home in an established Kensington neighborhood that's already seen lots of whole-house remodels of similar homes. The overall look of the streetscape is Arts & Crafts architecture, so Bob O'Dell asked me to design a home in that style which he could build on spec. This home was completed just as the recession was beginning, yet he still managed to secure a buyer in time for them to make the finish selections - quite an achievement in that economic climate. And in another achievement, I won the Frederick County Builders' Association 2009 Award of Excellence for this design, in the "Remodeling: Best Addition $500K-$750K" category!