Who Says Contemporary Style Homes Aren’t Popular in D.C.? Not Us – We’re Building A Contemporary Model Home In The Middle Of Downtown McLean!
I don’t know if it’s the transplants from the west coast or that
DC really is just less conservative when it comes to home styles
than everyone seems to think.
But, over the last few years, we’ve had more and more
clients requesting contemporary and even modern design (modern
tends to have more of the raw building materials exposed – steel
girders, concrete floors).
Here’s the concept elevation of the new contemporary model home:
In fact, we think there is enough demand for contemporary style
homes that we’re designing a contemporary style home to be built
as a model home in downtown McLean this spring.
We’re dealing with some difficult zoning and setback issues in
Fairfax County now, but hope to push forward for a late spring
We’re also noticing a trend toward smaller homes the last few years.
Some call it “right-sizing”, one writer actually refers to this trend
as ‘Smallville” homes.
So our contemporary new home model will be on the
smaller side of the home-size-scale. I’ll also have future
posts showing off our Kenwood-15 new semi-custom
home that we’re launching now in the City of Falls Church.
You’ll see The Kenwood in our smaller home series coming out soon.
This new home will be 100% luxury living on the first floor (2nd floor optional
and preliminary pricing coming in around $200K, but we’re still costing
Here’s the concept floor plans for our Cedar Model.
Please let me know what you think. We’d love your feedback,
so all comments are appreciated. This home
will is slated to be constructed as a modular
If you have more questions or you want to
get an early peak at our full new line of homes,
call me at 301-370-6463 enter your contact information here
and I’ll set up a tour of this home or others under construction in
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Watch and listen to this happy McLean Virginia homeowner discuss her new home project
This custom home was designed to fit naturally into the 3 acre wooded building site in McLean, Virginia. Our
goal was to meld the home into the natural wooded setting and to capture the phenomenal views on all sides of the property.
The home was designed so the owner could live and entertain on the first floor and have bedrooms for her
grand children on the 2nd floor. So we created a casual, yet elegant, open floor plan on the first floor.
We designed built-ins with an open feel to divide the dining room from the family room. And the
built-ins around the fireplace we were able to provide focal points and at the same time create and warm
and cozy feeling.
Rooms were laid and organized with the objective of maximizing the wooded views from every room.
This first floor is ideal for entertaining and convenient for the owner to retire to her bedroom suite off
the entry foyer.
The owner also wanted to have a special space just for her grandkids where they could play yet provide
privacy for her. So we created a second floor “kids-family room”. This space could be converted to a
fourth bedroom in the future.
We designed a custom marble curved sink in the powder room. The idea was
To create a unique touch that would set the room off and give it an elegant feel.
The homeowner was very involved in all of the decisions and materials selections.
Her sophisticated tastes and style are reflected through out the home. Here is n example of
this custom designed sink in the powder room.
Here are some of the Features and materials used in this new McLean custom home:
Transitional Style Architecture
Nichiha Sierra Premium Shake Panels
5 inch clear Maple custom stain color with tung oil finish
ergonomically designed vanity in powder room
Trey ceilings master bedroom, foyer dining room
Custom architectural millwork
10 foot ceilings
2×6 panelized framing
Zip wall system
Second Floor family room/Kids Lounge
Master suite on first floor
Expansive 360-degree views
Here is a wonderful custom designed new home on 3 acres in McLean. The home design
was created to capture the tremendous views on every side of the home.
The master suite is on the first floor. The ceilings are 10 feet on the main level.
Five inch clear maple floors with custom wood floor stain are one of the many
custom features which set this home apart.
The powder room has a custom designed marble sink. The homeowner was deeply
involved in the entire design process and her refined tastes and sensibilities
are reflected in this custom home.
The structure was designed and engineered using panelized wood framing
techniques. The framing package was fabricated and the panels were assembled
in an indoor facility and then shipped out to the site and erected.
There are lots of custom WoodMode builtins which provide function and design
elements which add to the custom feel of the home.
This new home in McLean Virginia won Best New Home of The Year.
You’ll see that the design details are sharp, clean and crisp.
Take a look now:
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floors, luxxury bath great yard – 13ksf Award Winning Architect and Builder Paramount Construction
Homes Starting at $425,000 on your lot – call 301-370-6463
s 9 foot ceilings, wood floor granite tops great design Several new homes under construction
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Question: I Know You Design & Build Award Winning Homes. What About Large Additions & Major Renovations?
Check out our answer here:
Wheeeew…it’s over – - we had over 200 guests visit our Bethesda Open House yesterday!
I want to thank everyone for attending and I hope you liked what you saw.
First, I want to announce the winner of the Flip Mino Camera Drawing – the winner is…
…Mary H. (we’ll be contacting you today and sending out the
camera) – Congratulations!
Second, I apologize for not being able to meet with everyone individually and answer your
So I wanted to give you a quick FAQ below to answer some of the
most common questions and least technical (which I’ll answer in future emails – like,
does the $6500 tax credit apply to building a new home, can you really get tens of thousands
of dollars in tax credits with a tear-down and how do you obtain a “Green” LEED rated home?).
Here you go:
Q: Did we create the architectural design and perform the construction of the new home on Berkley Street?
A: Yes. We are architects and builders. Kevin is our on-staff, full-time architect.
Q: Is the home for sale or did we build it for an owner?
A: The home is not for sale, the home was built for the owner.
Q: Was the home design from our Paramount Portfolio Plan Book or was it custom designed?
A: When the owners were checking our references, they visited and met the owners of
our Belmont Model and fell in love with that home. However, given the owners unique needs
and wants and given the unique characteristics of the lot on Berkley, we created a custom design for
Q: Do we charge a premium for creating a custom design vs building a home plan from our Paramount Portfolio
of over 80 New Home Plans?
A: Currently, we do not charge anything additional to create a custom home design.
Q: Was there an existing home on the property that was torn down?
A: Yes (we had many questions about the potential tax benefits of tens of thousands of dollars associated with the
tear-down, and a subsequent email will detail the benefits and how that works)
Q: What was the price of the Berkley home and what was included? What was not included?
A: Price was in the $600K +/- range and was all inclusive – demolition of existing home, excavation, permitting,
blueprints, engineering, surveying, utilities, custom selections, etc.
Q: Do you take on home additions and home renovations, as well as new homes?
A: Yes. Currently we have six projects of that type in process.
Q: Do you take on small remodeling projects – $50k to $200K?
A. No, but given the demand, we are considering accepting a few projects on a very limited basis.
Q: I want to build a new home but I don’t have land. Do you have land or lots? Can you help?
A: Yes, we have about 10 lots in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Mclean and N. Arlington.
I hope this helped.
I’ll be sending out another FAQ in the next few days on some of the more technical issues brought up
and we’re working on a video series that will answer many questions at an even deeper level, which will
come out in the next few weeks.
Again, Kevin and I really appreciate your interest in what we do and please feel free to email me at
email@example.com or Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 301-370-6463
with any questions you have.
Prices Of New Home Materials & Labor Are Low & Labor Quality Is High – It's A Great Time To Build A New Custom Home
Across the board (with the exeption of of a few vendors like appliances ) our vendors are reporting that their labor and material costs are relatively low. The pricing we have been getting for direct costs of new custom homes & large additions to homes in the Washington DC area have remained low for a few years now. However, we are noticing vendors getting slightly busier than they’ve been in the last year or two.
Here’s one of our excellent vendors, Glen Embry, of Metcalf HVAC, explaining what he thinks of the current market: