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The kitchen boasts Wood-Mode cabinets, a Carrara marble backsplash and an island for casual meals. Photo: Michael Bennett Kress

Lime ash brick, cedar shakes and standing-seam copper elements lend the home a timeless vibe. Photo: Michael Bennett Kress

Timeless Appeal

Sandy Spring Builders gets creative while building a custom home on a challenging site
Merit Award Custom Build, Over 4,500 sq. ft.
Sandy Spring Builders

Clients with a narrow, 365-foot-deep lot approached Sandy Spring Builders about constructing a custom home on site. Working with GTM Architects, they devised a plan for a 10,000-square-foot “telescoping” house that would make the most of the challenging parcel. The completed, four-bedroom abode exudes a timeless presence with lime ash brick, cedar shakes and standing-seam copper roof details. “The exterior provides the sense that the home has always been there,” notes Sandy Springs’ Mike McNeel. An arched entry foyer leads to the kitchen, dining area, family room and glass-walled sunroom. And an exercise room with heaters for hot yoga overlooks the pool and rear yard. A lower-level rec room with a wine cellar, golf simulator and home theater round out the amenities.

"The telescoping design, relationship of rooflines and progression of spaces enhance the drama of the site.”
— Amy Gardner, jurist

Builder: Mike McNeel; Tyler Abrams; Eric Abrams; Wendi Walsh, Sandy Spring Builders. Architecture: GTM Architects. Interior Design: Amelia Johnson Design. Landscape Design: Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

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