Through their extensive network of professionals, ranging from architects to engineers, artists to builders, they deliver projects that inspire and embrace sustainable practices through their hands-on approach.
GriD Architects is an architectural design firm focused on custom residential projects. Their award-winning team believes in creation through collaboration, making buildings and spaces specific to the people and place for which they are intended.
Through their extensive network of professionals, ranging from architects to engineers, artists to builders, they deliver projects that inspire and embrace sustainable practices through their hands-on approach.
You can reach GriD Architects at 410-919-9669 Update: this is the correct number!
Founded by Bret Anderson in 1985, Pyramid Builders offers Architects and Homeowners a trusted partner in the esteemed craft of homebuilding. Pyramid specializes in highly detailed architecturally designed homes & renovations with a personalized process built upon enduring values and successful results. As an active partner in the planning and detailing of our projects, Pyramid works to offer the most value possible in the execution of the Homeowner’s and Architect’s vision.
“It takes an unrelenting dedication to personalization to build at this level… and that dedication is rewarded with highly satisfied clients and partners.” - Bret Anderson
Custom Home Building - Specializing in unique waterfront construction.
Renovation & Remodeling Services - Quality craftsmanship guided by experience & process.
Annapolis, Baltimore, Metro DC, & Eastern Shore
Certifications and Awards
Ranked as the 17th largest full service remodeling contractor in the US, according to 2013 Remodeling Magazine's "Remodeling 550"
You can reach them at (410) 571-7707 or click either image above.
When it comes to interiors, I personally am one for contrast. However, lately I've been noticing a rise in monochromatic rooms ranging from plain white to rich, jewel tones, and I have to say there is something soothing and luxurious about these spaces. Texture is important in monochromatic settings, often seen with rich velvets, soft linens and matte paints. But what I really like about them is the contrasts pulled from tones instead of colors, which is what lends them the soothing, cozy vibe.
I have to confess: I love those chairs!
This makes me thirsty; I want to swim in it. Maybe I'm just thirsty...
Aahhh I love this green....
The Sharper Cut, Inc. are a full service landscape design and build company in Upper Marlboro, MD. They can help you through every stage of your outdoor project – from initial brainstorming, to design and material selection, and of course final build and installation.
They like to begin relationships with their clients by inviting them to their resource room to develop a landscape design for their property. They involve the client through every step. The owners of the company are brothers: Bill runs the design side while Justin runs the production side. They keep all jobs in house with their crews and can design and build anything and everything outdoors, from a townhouse back yard retreat to a full estate plan.
You can contact The Sharper Cut at (301) 918-5949
Elizabeth Lawson is a Maryland based designer After starting her career working for a fabric house in the D & D building in New York, and working for designers in Boston and Baltimore, she made the imminent move to start her own company in 2012. Elizabeth brings a fresh aesthetic to her spaces, mixing styles and sourcing unique pieces and desirable products to achieve bright, clean spaces. Her work has been featured on Domino Magazine’s website, shared by tastemakers in the industry, and pinned by thousands on Pinterest. In her downtime, Elizabeth loves traveling with her husband to visit family in Maine and South Carolina and snuggling her son, Wells, and daughter, Blythe
You can contact her
You may disagree, since I've often heard people complain of the terracotta in a space and proclaim it needs to be replaced, but I for one have always been a fan and am officially predicting we will be seeing more of this. Why? Because it adds a lot of warmth to what has been a washed out white trend for a long time. Whether matte or polished, there is something about these tiles that immediately makes me feel like I'm in Spain. Meaning it adds warmth, charm and character. While I don't think that the faux painted yellow walls of the early 2000's will be coming back any time soon, I do think we will see these tiles used in a more modern way, with white or pale gray walls, which will be a cool contrast. Good news for your farmhouse table! It will look like it's right where it's supposed to be.
If you are on the more luxurious side of things, this will be a great compliment to your sunporch, conservatory or terrace. Maybe we'll even see more courtyards? Love those courtyards...
In Home Stone was a key contributor to making our house a home, so we want to acknowledge them for their incredible variety to choose from and their great customer service. At In Home Stone, their top priority is offering professional, attentive service throughout the entire process, from design to installation. They help you coordinate the components for your entire project, from flooring to countertops, and fireplaces to backsplashes. A trip to their sprawling showroom is the only one you need to make in your search for natural stone or tile.
Because they insist on unmatched quality and a diverse selection, they purchase the finest quality stone directly from Brazil, Norway, India, Italy and Australia. Vendors from the most reputable and robust international quarries source stunning, resilient natural stone and deliver it to them directly. Since they serve as both your supplier and distributor, In Home Stone can pass the value directly to you, their customers. Working with In Home Stone means their customers never have to compromise quality to get the best price for their investment.
A locally owned business, In Home Stone understands the sensibilities of their Bay Area friends and neighbors. They're invested in the community and have a stake in your satisfaction. They enjoy a shared commitment to showcasing the best the industry has to offer in materials, craftsmanship and service. Their tenured, skilled staff members - more than 40 of them - are top-notch professionals, and each one takes pride in their work. Whether you’re updating your kitchen, bathroom or office space, your satisfaction is their passion.
You can reach them at 410-626-2025 for their Marble & Granite showroom in Annapolis, or at 410-626-2725 for their Tile location in Edgewater
It may seem like we're going back in time, but with a mega shortage of construction workers in the U.S. at the moment, prefab and modular homes are on the rise. Which is why the industry is trying to change the public's common conception of them as being trailers or mobile homes. The reality is that with today's technology and computer input, these homes are now quite customizable and far from cookie-cutter.
According to Fred Hallanhan, who is a research expert in prefab housing, “the general public—and that includes real estate professionals and builders—have a big part in helping to change the perception of what modular and manufactured housing means today. Prefab housing has the same degree of aesthetics and function at the same price—or maybe even lower price [than traditional homes.]”
You can read more about prefab homes, the industry's attempt to change the public's opinion, and all their features and functionality HERE and get a taste of some of the coolest prefab houses out there now HERE.
Annapolis Home is a luxury magazine that explores the dynamic home scene in greater metropolitan Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore while showcasing the latest designs in landscaping, architecture, remodeling, and interior design. The magazine is unique in that it also investigates the garage as both a functional and creative space and the dock as integral to Chesapeake Bay living.
I have the privilege of knowing Mr. Haywood and Ms. Taylor, co-publishers, and enjoy reading each issue. They have a true eye for great local design, but above all they show tremendous respect for the housing industry as a whole. There are so many people and businesses behind each great house, and Annapolis Home always does their best to showcase them. Each year they show their honor with their Design Awards, which we were fortunate enough to attend a few weeks ago and it really was a privilege to be in a room of so much talent and ingenuity.
Keep an eye out for the next issue; you won't be disappointed.
Swapping out old light fixtures and ceiling fans can make a big impact on any space. It's a simple and cost effective way to show that your house has been cared for while providing a newer vibe that buyers crave. Even the ones looking for historic properties- unless they are looking for a total fixer-upper- want to sense a newness in order to feel like they could belong there.
It's important to be coherent with the look you're going for. Pick a floor and make all the ceiling fans the same, or stick with color schemes and/or metal finishes, such as rubbed bronze for all the lighting fixtures so that chrome and rubbed bronze and brushed brass aren't all coinciding in one room. This can leave a subtly unsettling feeling for anyone.
And if you're really on a budget or just a big DIYer, you can always try a can of spray paint on fixtures for a quick update that buyers won't immediately notice unless you make a big mess of it.
Have any improvements to fixtures you'd like to share with us? Send us an email or write us a comment. We'd love to hear from you!
The abilities of 3-D printers and the digitalization of manufacturing, or the "3rd industrial revolution," offers homes a chance to up their elegance, sophistication and appeal, all while using sustainable sources, which is a big trend we will look into another day. These LED bookcases, for example, are a sample of how LED and glass can be incorporated to transform a room. Glass etching has never been easier either, and combined with LED lighting, it's as if the glass comes alive. The options are not only endless, but cost effective too, which means that this is something we will surely be seeing much more of in the not-so-distant-future.
If you're interested in knowing how this technology will impact the housing market, according to realtormag.realtor.org, "The glass-and-LED combination is just one new technique that can result in a product that incorporates a sustainable material into a sturdy, practical, energy-efficient, and glamorous new surface for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Such choices greatly personalize rooms much more than another granite, laminate, or Corian top might do, and help to distinguish listings in a crowded market."
So there you have it.
What are your thoughts on this? Love it? Hate it? Let us know! We are always happy to read your comments on any of the topics we discuss.
Johker Design offers Interior Design and Architectural services specializing in modern and transitional interiors. They are a husband and wife team that have been working together for over 25 years in the Architectural Design and Construction industry. They are passionate about design and their goal is to have you love your space as much as they enjoy creating unique designs that reflect your personality. Johker Design is constantly keeping up with the latest trends in design and have a keen sense of timelessness.
You can reach them at (443) 214-3254
Located on West Street, Sparrow is a small space featuring a carefully curated collection of designer jewelry. They specialize in cutting-edge designers from New York City, California and other major cities as well as local artists, bringing customers unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. Everything is new, fine and handmade. They are a fresh, unique addition to the Annapolis shopping scene.
Click the image above to see more of what Sparrow has to offer.
South Fork Studio Landscape Architecture is dedicated to creating inviting, innovative and environmentally sustainable human spaces and native landscapes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Their mission is to create and nurture a direct connection between the landscape and the people that inhabit it. Whether designing a small intimate garden room, or a commercial development, their philosophy is to focus on how the needs of the people are best served by the landscape, and how the landscape can be maintained as a self sustaining and functioning ecosystem.
Through constant innovation, they incorporate aspects of sustainable storm water management into all projects regardless of size by using techniques such as bio-retention and infiltration. They understand and balance the complex relationships that exist between the engineering involved to create human spaces and the environmental sensitivity that is expected in all great landscapes. Their principal designers create landscapes that are bold yet simple, with connections to architectural styles, and influences from historical and cultural precedents. They strive to provide a memorable landscape experience that requires minimal seasonal maintenance.
Call 410.778.1098 or click the image above to learn more.
2831 Pennypond Lane, Annapolis
Teresa Buchanan, ASID has 30 years experience in residential design. While based in Annapolis, MD, she has worked on projects in a dozen states and in a wide range of styles. She is a Certified Interior Designer and a Licensed Home Improvement Contractor in Maryland. Her work has been featured in national magazines such as "Southern Living" and "Better Homes & Gardens" as well as local publications including "The Washington Post" and "The Baltimore Sun." Baltimore Magazine identified Terry as one of the area’s leading professionals in an article on how to work with a designer.
Click on the image for more information on Designline.
We are head over heels in love with this trend we are not only seeing more and more of but also seems to be a new classic. It's easy to work with, adds punch to any space yet is gentle enough to not be offensive. And why stop in your home? It's a lovable color no matter where you look.
Fun to experiment with on your own, the neon green the indigo is before the air oxidizes it into the blue is exciting to watch.
Last week we looked at black details so continuing that theme is something we've been noticing more and more of lately: matte metals. We could go ahead and group another trend - black stainless appliances - in the same category because they're matte black. Easier to care for than regular stainless in that they aren't as susceptible to to smudging, the effect of the black is dramatic yet classy. Last year it seemed everything was shiny but 2016 has proven to be the opposite. Everything from fashion and makeup to lamps and appliances, matte is the newest sheen.
When I go into the house of a new client and see wallpaper in a space larger than a coat closet, my immediate reaction is to take it down. I understand that their wallpaper may be very expensive or brand new or incredibly tasteful. I may even love the wallpaper so much that I want to put it all over my house. But this isn't about what I like or the client's tastes. This is about what the buyer sees and wallpaper can be an instant road block in the way of a contract.
As I have said before and will continue to say:
1) We are not selling your things, we are selling your house
2) We need to draw attention to the features of your house, not away from them
Think of wallpaper as furniture. Often very distracting furniture. People may tell you how much they love it and ooh and ahh all over. Buyers may even do the same. But even buyers who love your wallpaper will often (and I say often because I see this happen over and over again) be unable to envision themselves in the house. The wallpaper is automatically associated with the current owners and therefore not for buyers to have; in their subconscious minds. Plus, they may become so enamored by the wallpaper that they fail to fully notice the incredible view that is just beyond the wallpapered wall.
There are few exceptions to this rule. Again, anything smaller than a coat closet might be alright. Also, it does depend on the paper, such as the powder room to the right. It is far more neutral than the paper on the left, and much easier for buyers to envision their things in that powder room. But please keep in mind, this is a powder room, which is not much larger than a coat closet.
So in case the message wasn't clear enough already, if you are motivated to sell your house, remove the wallpaper.
Have a happy Labor Day Weekend!
Gina Fitzsimmons ASID, Interior Designer, specializes in waterfront homes. Gina founded the company in 1991 to provide clients with the right blend of professional design, personalized service and interior effects that suit Chesapeake living.
Living on the water in Annapolis, Gina has a unique feel for design that works well in the Chesapeake area. Seventy-five percent of her clients live on the water. Well known and well respected in the community, Gina has strong relationships with the leading local contractors and has a huge base of loyal and satisfied clients.
Gina can meet with you at your home, set priorities, design and install your current project and finish the final touches that personalize your design from her Retail Store Details of Design in Annapolis (www.detailsofdesign.biz) It's the details that count!
You can giver her a call here: 410-269-1965 or click on the image above to be directed to her Houzz account.
One trend we've been noticing lately here at AWG is the influence of the outside on the indoors. Any time a natural object - living or not - is brought inside, it has a way of softening the space; transforming a house into a habitat. And the best part about these elements is that they work in absolutely any space, regardless of architectural style or interior design.
There are many ways that natural elements in the home are obviously here stay, the most common being house plants, or marble counter tops and wooden furniture. But because we are talking trends, let's take a look at some other forms of nature on a small scale that compliment any home or style.
This Wednesday we take a look at a local, true to Maryland company called Wye River Provisioners, whose claim to fame is the original "Shuckboard." Used as a tool which rests comfortably on the edge of a counter or table, the beautifully crafted board offers a resting place for the oyster (and comes with a knife!) to prevent slippage. These make a wonderful housewarming gift or for anyone with an appreciation of oysters. Fortunately, oysters have been making a successful comeback in the Chesapeake Bay thanks to a great effort by Bay lovers all over, and there is no better way to support the growing industry than to eat local oysters!
Wye River Provisioners prides themselves on the craftsmanship that goes into finding the perfect wood, from either the local exotic wood shop or reclaimed from historic homes, and taking up to two weeks to perfect the details. Customizations are also available in order to personalize your board. Click on the image above or here to see the varieties of wood used, the crab mallets WRP also makes, and to place an order.
According to a recent survey conducted by Caldwell Banker Real Estate and Parks Associates, 44% of Americans buying move-in ready homes expect smart home technology to be already installed, even in older homes. So what is smart home technology exactly?
Each week we will take a look at the latest gadgets and installments available on the market designed specifically for houses, learning what the purpose of each product is and why you need it. Whether you are getting your house ready to be listed or in the market for a new home, understanding what buyers expect, or what the technology you will be dealing with is, can make life a whole lot easier.
302 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis
Compass Stone & Tile Studio offers a wide variety of products that includes stone, ceramic, glass and metal products and the best quality tiling supplies. Find everything you need for your next remodel in our showroom and create something you and your family will love for years to come.
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1811 McGuckian St, Annapolis
Attention to every detail is their focus for their luxury design services. Dream House Studio's approach is to complete entire rooms, groups of rooms or homes in a single installation. They exceed their client's expectations by maintaining open communication, listening carefully to their needs, visions, and personal style to design a space that is uniquely theirs.
They work closely with builders and their sales and marketing teams. Whether designing for an entry-level home, luxury estate or community center, Dream House Studio creates a unique experience for each project.
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Travis Gray was born in Annapolis and raised on the Severn River. He specializes in marketing fine homes and waterfront property in the Annapolis area.