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By lthomas

On 20, Feb 2020 | In | By lthomas


This lovely new home in Maryland began with a napkin sketch over a quick lunch.

The client, an empty nester, jotted down his idea for a home that could adjust to the needs of himself and his wife.  His vision was for a “condo-like” one bedroom  — a master suite, a great room and maybe a small den – a one level home.

But, if their children were visiting, two more bedrooms and baths would be adjacent. And if even more family arrived, the home could expand again with two additional bedrooms over the porte-cochere garage that would be attached by a short breezeway.

We embraced the challenge of creating a five-bedroom extended family home surrounding a courtyard terrace. Over two years of design and construction we worked as a team with the owners and  contractor Don A. Johnson Homebuilder through site challenges (like hitting an underground spring), a cold wet winter, and a blistering hot summer. The result is a gracious and unusual home that is responsive to the client’s needs in this phase of their lives.