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The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the PRO Professional Remodeling Organization announced its inaugural 2022 PRO Remodeler of the Year Awards during a March 26 gala at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

The awards go to remodeling and custom-building projects in DC, Maryland and Virginia; this year, judges reviewed 109 submissions in 41 categories. Media sponsor Home & Design gave its Award of Excellence to a project by FineCraft Contractors, featured on page 115. All of the award-winning projects are listed on these pages and can be viewed on the chapter’s website, promidatlantic.org.

Home & Design Award of Excellence
FineCraft Contractors

Basement under $100,000
GRAND: Tabor Design Build
MERIT: HIVEX Basement Finishing Co.

Basement $100,000-$250,000
GRAND: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists
MERIT: Anthony Wilder Design/Build
FINALIST: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Basement over $250,000
GRAND: MOSS Building & Design

Commercial Specialty
GRAND: Heltzelhaus

Creative Solutions $15,000 and over
GRAND: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists

Entire House under $350,000
GRAND: Blue Star
MERIT: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Entire House $350,000-$550,000
GRAND: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
MERIT: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists

Entire House $550,001-$750,000
GRAND: Blue Star
MERIT: Coupard Architects & Builders
FINALIST: FineCraft Contractors

Entire House $750,001-$1,000,000
GRAND: Blue Star

Entire House over $1,000,000
MERIT: OPaL Design Build

New Custom Home under 3,000 square feet
GRAND: OPaL Design Build

New Custom Home 3,000-5,000 square feet
GRAND: Landis Architects/Builders

New Custom Home 7,001 square feet and over
GRAND: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Residential Addition under $200,000
GRAND: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Residential Addition $200,000-$350,000
GRAND: Coupard Architects & Builders
MERIT: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
FINALIST: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists

Residential Addition $350,001-$550,000
GRAND: Schroeder Design/Build
MERIT: TriVistaUSA Design + Build
FINALIST: Bowers Design Build

Residential Addition over $550,000
GRAND: FineCraft Contractors
MERIT: FineCraft Contractors
FINALIST: Landis Architects/Builders

Residential Bath under $25,000
GRAND: Marks-Woods Construction Services

Residential Bath $25,000-$50,000
GRAND: Spectrum Design Build
MERIT: Marks-Woods Construction Services

Residential Bath $50,001-$75,000
GRAND: Kingston Design Remodeling
MERIT: Merrick Design and Build
FINALIST: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Residential Bath $75,001-$100,000
GRAND: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
MERIT: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists

Residential Bath over $100,000
GRAND: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists
MERIT: Landis Architects/Builders
FINALIST: Bowers Design Build

Residential Detached Structure
GRAND: Blue Star
MERIT: Blue Star
FINALIST: FineCraft Contractors

Residential Exterior $50,000-$100,000
GRAND: Merrick Design and Build
MERIT: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
FINALIST: Lofft Construction

Residential Exterior $100,001-$200,000
GRAND: Pristine Acres
MERIT: Gilday Renovations
FINALIST: Landis Architects/Builders

Residential Exterior over $200,000
GRAND: Anthony Wilder Design/Build
MERIT: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Residential Exterior Element under $30,000
GRAND: Pristine Acres

Residential Exterior Element $30,000 and over
GRAND: Tabor Design Build

Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration under $250,000
GRAND: MOSS Building & Design

Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,000 and over
GRAND: OPaL Design Build
MERIT: Landis Architects/Builders
FINALIST: Marks-Woods Construction Services

Residential Interior under $100,000
GRAND: Marks-Woods Construction Services
MERIT: TriVistaUSA Design + Build
FINALIST: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists

Residential Interior $100,001-$250,000
GRAND: Bowers Design Build
MERIT: Bowers Design Build
FINALIST: Bowers Design Build

Residential Interior $250,001-$500,000
GRAND: Marks-Woods Construction Services
MERIT: Landis Architects/Builders
FINALIST: TriVistaUSA Design + Build

Residential Interior Element under $30,000
GRAND: Marks-Woods Construction Services
MERIT: Tabor Design Build

Residential Kitchen $50,000-$100,000
GRAND: Blue Star
MERIT: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
FINALIST: RessaBuilt

Residential Kitchen $100,001-$150,000
GRAND: FineCraft Contractors
MERIT: Marks-Woods Construction Services
FINALISTS: Daniels Design & Remodeling and Landis Architects/Builders

Residential Kitchen over $150,000
GRAND: Bowers Design Build
FINALIST: MOSS Building & Design

Residential Landscape Design/Outdoor Living $100,000-$250,000
GRAND: Tabor Design Build
MERIT: Coupard Architects & Builders

Residential Landscape Design/Outdoor Living over $250,000
GRAND: Pristine Acres
MERIT: Pristine Acres
FINALIST: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Universal Design—Bath
GRAND: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists


The winners of the 2021 Maryland Building Industry Association Awards were honored at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve on November 18. Sponsored by the MBIA’s Remodelers & Custom Builders Council, these annual awards celebrate residential and commercial work. Projects were submitted in 14 residential categories; a jury of industry professionals evaluated each one based on quality of construction, difficulty, value and cost effectiveness, creative design approach and sensitivity to the existing structure. The winning residential projects are listed below.

Spectrum Design + Build, Albemarle Street, NW—Bathroom Remodel, Washington, DC

Owings Brothers Contracting, Skyline Bathroom Remodel, Ruxton, Maryland

Bayview Builders, Ulmstead Shores, Arnold, Maryland

Bayview Builders, Lake Ogleton, Annapolis, Maryland

Owings Brothers Contracting, Industrial Style Condominium, Baltimore, Maryland

Spectrum Design + Build, W Street, NW—Historic Façade, Washington, DC

Spectrum Design + Build, 14th Street, NW—Kitchen Remodel, Washington, DC

Legacy Cabinetry & Design and Crosen Homes LLC, Argent Path, Ellicott City, Maryland

Parker Design Build Remodel, Laurel, Laurel, Maryland

Owings Brothers Contracting, Bank Street Condominium, Baltimore, Maryland

Owings Home Services, Retirement Condominium, Pikesville, Maryland

Spectrum Design + Build, Klingle Street, NW—Outdoor Living, Washington, DC

Bayview Builders, Chartwell Branch Entryway, Severna Park, Maryland

Owings Brothers Contracting, Davidsonville Specialty Project, Davidsonville, Maryland

Local designers partnered with showrooms to create festive tabletops for the Washington Design Center’s Holiday Open House on December 7, 8 and 9, 2021. Home & Design sponsored the event, which benefitted Children’s National and Toys for Tots.

Marble Systems unveiled its chic Bethesda showroom on October 7, 2021. Guests mingled and perused the location’s myriad installations of tile and stone surfaces. Home & Design sponsored the celebration.

Every two years, the Washington Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art holds a design competition recognizing fine classical work in the region. The awards are named after John Russell Pope, a New York-based architect who designed significant classical buildings in the nation’s capital, including the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art. After a jury of experts selected this year’s winning projects, the chapter announced the 2021 awards at a gala held on September 24 at the Sulgrave Club in Washington.

A selection of winning projects is pictured on these pages; for more information, visit classicist-washington.org.

The Excellence in Landscape Awards, sponsored by the Landscape Contractors Association of Maryland, DC and Virginia, recognizes exceptional garden design throughout the region. This annual competition is judged by industry experts who vote in more than a dozen residential and commercial categories. All winners of the 2020 residential awards are listed below and four projects are covered in-depth:

Timeless Retreat

Long-lived plantings lend depth and beauty to a Bethesda garden
read more




Savvy Solution

D.A. Dunlevy turns a challenging lot into an inviting, private retreat
read more




Play Scape

Surrounds, Inc., designs the ultimate retreat for fun and relaxation
read more




Work of Art

Shorb Landscaping maintains an elegant garden with an eye to ornamentation
read more




The Excellence in Landscape Awards

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—Swinks Mill
 Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Vienna Residence for Residential Maintenance—Bodkin Point Residence for Residential Maintenance—A Bethesda Residence for Residential Maintenance

D.A. Dunlevy—Historic Kensington Residence for
 Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build
Pinehurst Landscape Company—Historic Guilford Renovation for Total Residential Contracting

Chapel Valley Landscape Company—Private 
Residence in Fairfax, Virginia, for Outdoor Living Area
D.A. Dunlevy—Georgetown Secret Garden for Outdoor
 Living Area/Design-Build
Lehnhoff’s Landscaping—Phoenix Residence 
for Outdoor Living Area
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—A Broomes Island Residence for Total Residential Contracting
Planted Earth Landscaping Incorporated—A McLean Residence for Residential Maintenance—A Baltimore County Residence for Total 
Residential Contracting
Surrounds, Inc.—Munsun Place for Total 
Residential Contracting/Design-Build

Maxalea—Bass Residence for 
Craftsmanship/Design-Build—Reitberger Residence for Total Residential
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—Alexandria Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Potomac Residence for Total Residential Contracting—Hunting Cross Residence for Residential Maintenance—Centreville Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Great Falls Residence for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway 
—Crest Lane Residence for Total Residential Contracting—McLean Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Crest Lane Residence for Total Residential Contracting—A Bannockburn Residence for Residential Maintenance
Pinehurst Landscape Company—Lutherville 
Backyard Sanctuary for Outdoor Living Area
River’s Edge Landscapes—Stavish Project for Total Residential Contracting/Design-Build
Rossen Landscape —Modern Marvel Outdoor Gallery 
for Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build
Shorb Landscaping—A Residence in Bethesda
 for Residential Maintenance
Surrounds, Inc.—Backyard Playground and Hangout for Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build
—Towlston for Total Residential 


Great American Landscapes—Turkey Run Estate for Residential Maintenance/Design-Build
Kane Landscapes—McVey Residence for Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build
Lehnhoff’s Landscaping—Fallston Property for Craftsmanship/Design-Build—Cockeysville Residence for Craftsmanship/Design-Build—Pocket Garden for Outdoor Living Area
Maxalea—Bass Residence for Outdoor 
Living Area/Design-Build—Bass Residence for Total Residential 
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—Edgewater Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Calvert County Residence for Front Residential Planting 
 and Entranceway—A Twin Shields Residence for Outdoor Living Area
Planted Earth Landscaping Incorporated—Spring Valley Residence for Total 
Residential Contracting
Rossen Landscape—McLean Sophisticated Entertainment for Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build
River’s Edge Landscapes —Ornamental Production Garden for Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build



Luxury HomesA Romanesque Revival residence in Kalorama just hit the market. Priced at 
$8.9 million, the 7,500-square-foot, 1905 mansion has been updated but retains classic elements such as moldings, pocket doors and its original arched-front vestibule. Modern touches include a marble-slab fireplace in the family room and a marble-clad owners’ bath with a frameless-glass shower. The all-white kitchen features custom cabinetry. The six-bedroom, eight-bath home encompasses three levels, plus a finished basement housing a media room, gym, in-law suite and wine cellar. The terraced property boasts a fire pit, built-in grilling station, pergola and fountain.

1823 Phelps Place, NW.
INQUIRIES: Michael Rankin, TTR Sotheby’s; 
202-271-3344. michaelrankin.ttrsir.com Photos: Eric Angelus


Luxury HomesLocated in The Boro—a green and a walkable mixed-use development in Tysons—Verse condominiums comprises 140 one- and two-bedroom units. The 25-story building was designed by DC firm Shalom Baranes Associates Architects, with interior spaces by Canadian design firm Cecconi Simone. Sleek residences boast window walls; 10-foot living room ceilings; marble-look porcelain baths; and kitchens outfitted with Italian cabinetry, concealed appliances and waterfall engineered-stone countertops. Some units feature expansive balconies.

Residents enjoy a club room, gym and grand, wood-and-stone lobby with a fireplace. Private terraces are available for entertaining, with a central area offering gas grills, fire pits and a bar. Prices start at $500,000.

Luxury Homes - versecondos.com

SOFT TOUCHDressed for Success - SOFT TOUCH

A living room combines Luminette Sheers on the left and Silhouette Window Shades on the right. Luminette features rotating fabric vanes and sheer vertical panels; Silhouette offers adjustable vanes that appear to float between sheer panels. Both Hunter Douglas products are available at Rockville Interiors.

How do you determine what type of window treatment to use in a space?
Our designers ask key questions to whittle down all the options. Are clients interested in making the treatment motorized? Do they want the design to be subtle and disappear, or do they want it to be a focal point in the room? We then show photos and videos of the best options and bring out fabric samples of each.

The elements in a room will help dictate whether to use shades or drapes.
—Tom Fulop and Ilan Fulop, Rockville Interiors



French doors are dressed in roller shades sporting a playful geometric pattern, part of Jonathan Adler’s collection for The Shade Store.

What are the latest trends in shades and how do you successfully layer them with draperies?
We have seen increased interest in motorized and automated treatments, especially those that integrate with smart-home systems. Automation by Lutron is one of our most popular products. Motorized shades can be minimal and modern, soft and traditional or anywhere in between. Layering motorized shades with motorized drapery is a great way to bring added depth and warmth to windows, as well as functionality and ease of use.

Extending your window treatment above and beyond the window boundary adds height and drama.
—Adam Skalman, The Shade Store



Custom drapery panels and an outside-mount Roman shade frame tranquil views in an Oxford, Maryland, bedroom. Everett Design, Inc., crafted these treatments using fabrics by Marika Meyer Textiles. The shades are lined with several all-cotton layers, which create a supple, rich look. When the panels are drawn together, the leading edges of the fabric flow in a continuous pattern. Architecture: Purple Cherry Architects. Interior Design: Marika Meyer Interiors. Photo: Angie Seckinger.

What are the advantages of custom window treatments?
Custom window treatments are complementary additions that are tailored to the proportions of a space. We thoughtfully look at a fabric and its pattern and incorporate couture touches, such as deep hems and pattern matching, that off-the-rack solutions do not provide.

Custom window treatments provide softness and balance while offering functional solutions.
—Gretchen Everett, Everett Design, Inc.


Dressed for Success - COTTAGE STYLE

In a traditional home, Shenandoah Shutters created custom plantation shutters to fit the bedroom’s porthole-style windows (left), painting them white to complement the coffered ceiling and trim. Shutters are a good option for specialty windows that may look awkward dressed in fabric. Interior Design: Heidi Brooks Interior Design. Photo: Darren Setlow Photography.

How do you help clients determine the shutter style that’s right for them?
Louvre size plays into the overall style of a plantation shutter. Two-and-a-half-inch louvres can provide a traditional, cottage feel. Larger, 3.5-inch louvres allow more of a view and an open feeling, while 4.5-inch louvres feel more modern and almost disappear. Unlike windows with blinds and shades, most homeowners feel no need to add a fabric treatment to their shutters.

Plantation shutters allow for privacy and sunlight at the same time.
—Marcia Biggers, Shenandoah Shutters

Sandy Spring Builders, LLC

Sponsored by the Maryland Building Industry Association, the annual Custom Builder Awards honor architecture, construction and remodeling projects in the Greater Washington, DC, area. The following pages list the 2020 winners; a number of award-winning projects are pictured.

Custom Traditional Home
GOLD—Sandy Spring Builders, LLC
Architect: GTM Architects

Custom Contemporary Home
GOLD—Sandy Spring Builders, LLC
Architect: GTM Architects
SILVER—Castlewood Custom Builders
Architect: Carib Daniel Martin

Custom Home under 3,500 square feet
GOLD—JT Custom Builders
Architect: Gambino Laporta Architecture

Custom Home between 3,500-5,000 square feet
GOLD—GTM Architects
Builder: PKK Builders

Custom Home between 5,000-7,500 square feet
GOLD—Laurence Cafritz Builders
Architect: Studio Z Design Concepts
SILVER—Elie Ben Architecture
Builder: Carter Inc.
BRONZE—Castlewood Custom Builders
Architect: Castlewood Consulting

Custom Home between 7,500-12,500 square feet
GOLD—Sandy Spring Builders, LLC
Architect: Studio Z Design Concepts
SILVER—Castlewood Custom Builders
Architect: Castlewood Consulting

Speculative Traditional
GOLD—Mid-Atlantic Builders
Architect: Mid-Atlantic Builders

Speculative Home under 3,500 square feet
GOLD—Douglas Construction Group
Architect: Studio Z Design Concepts

Speculative Home between 3,500-5,000 square feet
GOLD—Claude C. Lapp Architects
Builder: Rollingwood Builders, LLC
SILVER—Douglas Construction Group
Architect: Claude C. Lapp Architects
BRONZE—Francis Development
Architect: Claude C. Lapp Architects

Speculative Home between 5,000-7,500 square feet
GOLD—Foxhall Homes
Architect: Architecture Collaborative
SILVER—Zuckerman Builders
Architect: GTM Architects
BRONZE—Carter Inc.
Architect: Studio Z Design Concepts

Home & Design marked the publication of its March/April 2020 issue on March 4 with a reception at Best Tile in Rockville. Guests mingled among stylish vignettes showcasing the company’s collections of high-end tile and stone surfaces.

The Seventh Annual IFDA Masquerade Ball took place on March 7 at DC’s Abigail nightclub. Masked revelers sipped, supped and bid in a silent auction; proceeds benefitted Rebuilding Together. Home & Design was a sponsor of the event.

Winchester lives by a longstanding philosophy—that fine building is an art. The company has specialized in high-end residential construction since its inception in 1980, demonstrating strong craftsmanship and durability on architect-driven projects spanning Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. Rustic villas, weekend retreats and country estates are all part of Winchester’s extensive portfolio, which includes more than 500 projects. The company is equally comfortable working in traditional and contemporary styles.
“The goal is to build generational homes through quality and execution,” says director of business development TD Albright. “We want to remain involved for the life of each building—and we achieve this through teamwork and relationships.”

Winchester’s president, Mike Campbell, heads a team of 40 employees, many of them tenured, with multiple years of experience. The team collaborates with high-end area architects on new homes, renovations and additions. Carpentry, painting, concrete excavation and masonry services are all offered in-house. Dedicated site supervisors and project managers oversee each project from start to finish, while a residence management division supplies preventive maintenance, repairs and minor renovations after completion to keep each home looking and performing optimally.

Most of Winchester’s business comes via referrals from architects, designers and clients—many of whom have long-established working relationships with the company. As Albright explains, teamwork amongst staff and regular communication with homeowners, architects and designers ensures a cohesive, coordinated approach. “The best scenario is to get involved in a project as early as possible. This facilitates conversation and makes the process seamlessly efficient,” he says. “The hallmarks of a successful collaboration are shared commitment, mutual trust and open lines of communication.”

When it comes to the nuts and bolts of construction, Winchester favors natural building materials such as stone, wood, glass, metal, copper, tile and clay over manmade materials. “Natural materials are higher in quality and we trust them,” Albright says. “There are always new products hitting the market, but we are conservative, researching and testing everything before using it.”

A tight building envelope is also key, and the company puts a premium on energy efficiency and building a healthy home. “We are truly looking out for the client,” Albright notes. “We are passionate about all aspects of the process and are committed to achieving the vision of both the homeowner and the design team.”


Inquiries: 1114 Benfield Boulevard, Suite L, Millersville, Maryland 21108; 410-987-5905; winchesterinc.com

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