Build + Remodel
When homeowners Judy and Craig purchased 57 acres in Deale, Anne Arundel County, on which to build their dream home, they weren’t building just a shelter from the elements or a place to keep their belongings. They were creating an environment that would be the foundation for a lifestyle. Judy, who had always wanted a [...]
By Donna M. Owens
More than 150 years ago, famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his iconic book “Walden,” which chronicled his two years living as one with nature in a cabin set on Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
Today, some travelers who seek a Walden-esque experience still want 21st-century amenities and perks. At Blue Moon Rising, a [...]
By Susan Reimer
The challenge was to design a garden that evoked the familiar phrase “Color my world.” It sounds simple — gardens are nothing if not colorful.
Carroll Landscaping owner Robert Jones and his designer, Beth Burnham, of Baltimore County chose the color green. Then they turned the challenge inside out.
When Ward Westrick retired from commercial real estate development, he and wife Ginny were happy to sell their home in McLean and leave the density of Northern Virginia behind to settle on the Chesapeake Bay’s calmer shores. While Ward may have made a living in development, he and Ginny did not want to build a [...]
An award-winning landscape designer brings a touch of the Caribbean to a Kingsville couple.
Recently back from a trip to the Caribbean, Jeannie Schwartz and John Macci still had the exotic scent of orchids and plumeria lingering in their imaginations when they stepped out their back door to take in the familiar sight of their own [...]
These three create as much beauty for themselves as they do for others.
By Kathy Hudson
When it comes to landscape architects’ own gardens, some are like shoemakers’ shoes — untended. Their owners are too busy making other spaces beautiful. Not so with Catherine Mahan, founding partner of Mahan Rykiel; Stuart Ortel, principal and founder of Stone [...]
From smaller projects to whole house redos, this year’s projects show high quality of construction and creative approaches to design.
Each year the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM) holds its Remodeling Award of Excellence competition, recognizing excellence in design and craftsmanship.
More than 20 categories included both commercial and residential projects. Here, [...]
Projects such as historic restorations and whole-house redos reveal that beauty and excellence are in the details.
Every year, the Maryland Improvement Contractor Association (MICA) selects winners for its Remodeler of the Year (ROYAL) Awards. Here, we present the ROYAL Award winners in the residential categories for 2013.
For a complete list of winners, including Merit Award [...]
The American Institute of Architects’ local chapter awarded projects with small footprints, sustainable elements and beautiful design.
Each year, the AIA Baltimore presents its annual Design Awards, rewarding the best work of Maryland architects or projects completed in the state. The residential awards can be reconstructions, renovations or new constructions. This year, judges gave out two [...]
His wife had a vision, and before writer Buzz McClain knew it, the historic, dilapidated Crossman dairy became the home of their dreams.
By Buzz McClain
Last year my wife, Leslie, and I, after 20 years of marriage and five houses — Cape Cod bungalow, brick Colonial, one-level ranch, a spec contemporary and a 6,000-square-foot McMansion — [...]