Freehand Sketch Process

Whether the freehand sketch occurs during the concept and schematic design phase of a project or is completed in support of a feasibility study, our design team’s ability allows clients early in the process to envision their dream home in a very real way. This phase of the process enables plan revisions to be made in a more cost effective way before it is loaded onto the computer. We take the time to listen to each clients wants and needs. Various sketch options can be produced to give clients a variety of choices.

Freehand Sketch
Freehand sketch design by Purple Cherry Architects.

Under Construction in Queenstown, MD

Our team had the opportunity to visit the site of this extensive renovation project under construction in Queenstown, MD. The structure originally built in 1936 will total approx 8,000 SF after renovations. Changes include the addition of an octagonal sun room, the conversion of the maid’s quarters and kitchen to a suite, the removal of an addition and existing garage to make room for a new 3-car garage, the addition of two master bedrooms, the reconfiguration of the living space to open the family room, dining room, and kitchen, and the addition of an open patio and pool.

Revit Technology

By utilizing Revit, 3D visualization software, homeowners are able to truly see their vision come to life during the design process. This can be particularly valuable when undertaking a major renovation since the technology allows our clients to see their “new” home from all angles and viewpoints before construction begins. Check out these before pictures and the proposed perspectives of a $1 million renovation on the South River in Annapolis, MD. What an amazing transformation!

The Art of Cooking: Butler’s Pantry

This butler’s pantry, part of a $2 million home addition on the Severn River, boasts a sleek and modern feel. And, the subtle farmhouse touches perfectly complement the Colonial revival style found throughout the home. Finished with a unique kitchen floor made from volcanic ash tiles and stainless steel cabinets and appliances, this is an enjoyable space that would satisfy any personal flavor.

Butler's Pantry

Utilizing Nooks and Crannies

We love maximizing nooks and crannies in the home. The smallest and coolest “niche” was created by the firm in a tiny alcove space. This reading nook is the result of how form and function meet to create an incredibly unique element. We are thankful to our waterfront clients for allowing us to design a beautiful space in their home.

nooks and crannies
Alcove from Aberdeen Creek Waterfront Residence
Image credit: David Burroughs
nooks and crannies
Exterior view of the alcove located under the chimney from Aberdeen Creek Waterfront Residence
Image Credit: Tria Giovan

Indoor Swimming in Serenity

Indoor Swimming
Pool from Harness Creek Waterfront Residence
Image credit: David Burroughs

This small, yet effective 10′ x 20′ indoor swimming resistance pool (manufactured by SwimEx) is located in the basement of a custom waterfront home located on Harness Creek in Annapolis, MD. Natural stone and blue tile line the outer edges of the pool. Ranging in multiple shades of blue, the water color can vary from the aqua of the Caribbean to the teal of the Aegean Sea.  The expansive glass-paneled wall allows the pool to be viewed from all public areas of the lower level, creating an inviting ambiance for all visitors.

Modern Condo: Small Scale, Big Style – Part Two

Sophisticated, bold, and charismatic. These are only a few of many words that can be used to describe this two-story modern condo recently highlighted on our blog― only this time with more incredible photos to share from this month’s feature in Annapolis Home magazine. Click here to read the full article that defines this space as one that “proves quite unexpectedly that one can live large on a small scale.”

Modern condo
Modern condo
Image credit: Gwin Hunt in Annapolis Home Magazine

Small Scale, Big Style

Colorful Condo.

Just because condominium owners may be working with a smaller space, it doesn’t mean they need to sacrifice style. Check out these snapshots of a condominium interior renovation we recently completed. Ensuring this home was a welcoming pad for its globetrotting owners, interior designer Katalin Farnady brought each of these small scale spaces to life with colorful, playful, yet utterly sophisticated patterns.

Master Bedroom
Colorful Condo

Aqua Terra: Picture Perfect

We’ve just updated our web portfolio with stunning photography of our most recent project, Aqua Terra. A heartfelt thank you to David Burroughs Photography for expertly capturing several of the spectacular design elements in this 10,000 SF custom waterfront home on Harness Creek. Sure to delight is the wood and steel floating staircase, the custom painted glass interior panel imported from Israel, the sunken outdoor entertaining area with fire pit, the luxurious master bedroom, and the study fireplace integrating large boulders and cantilever hearth stones.

Image credit: David Burroughs Photography

Interior “Highlights” by Shakuff

Our recently completed 10,000SF stone-and-glass contemporary waterfront home on Harness Creek features countless exquisite details. We looked to Shakuff, Exotic Glass Lighting and Décor (New York, NY), for some of the home’s unique interior “highlights”. As you enter the home, you’d be hard-pressed not to pause and admire the custom painted glass “fish” panel in the main hall or the larger than life 27’ long custom built 45-LED light hand blown Candle chandelier illuminating the three-story floating staircase. Venture farther into the home and you’ll be “aglow” with delight by the golden glass sink in the main floor powder room.

Candle chandelier from Breath collection
Dark Golden Land glass sink

Items pictured are examples courtesy of the Shakuff website and do not depict actual elements in home.

Maynard Studios: Elevating Design to New Heights

We recently completed an extensive Chesapeake Bay waterfront home renovation. The perfect finishing touch? A hand-forged custom stair railing by Maynard Studios Handcrafted Railings and Furniture of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Fabricated over a three month period, this unique railing is truly a work of art that elevates the interior of this home to a new level. Maynard’s work is described as the following: “Each element of their work reflects their professional attention to aesthetic detail, design and function with a focus on quality over quantity.”

Custom railing | Image credit: Maynard Studios
Blacksmiths Matthew and Karine Maynard with railing | Image credit: Maynard Studios

Harness Creek “Aqua Terra” Sneak Peek

Yesterday evening, we had the pleasure of welcoming a very special group of colleagues, friends, and project team members for an exclusive walk-through and open house of “Aqua Terra”, an incredible custom waterfront home on Harness Creek set to deliver in just a few weeks. We are so grateful to our amazing clients and our co-host and partner on this project Pyramid Builders. Before our guests arrived we took a few quick snapshots – enjoy!

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harness creek
harness creek
harness creek

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