This family’s taste was craftsman or mission; they purchased a house in a 1980’s development and wanted to change the feel of the exterior. New hard-plank siding, front entrance, stone work,garage doors, and screened porch accomplished the goal, with numerous changes of detail such as the brackets at the roof eaves. Collaborative design with Greenbuilders, the clients, and architect Julie Gabrielli.
Here are some fun before and after images from the project!
John and Suzanne, Whole House Remodel, Ruxton Maryland
“My wife and I are happy to offer this enthusiastic review for Polly Bart of Greenbuilders. This year, we enlisted her help to make some necessary changes to our home. We wanted a low impact outdoor space for our family to spend time together as well as a minor re-organization of our existing laundry and mudroom area. Additionally, the exterior of our home was in need of maintenance and updating due to rotting wooden trim and melted and discolored vinyl siding. We wanted to do all of this in as sustainable a way as possible – especially given that staying in our current home was a conscious environmental decision. We started with an architect, which turned out to be a bad experience. The project quickly spun out of our control with the end result being a proposal that was more than three times our stated budget. We were a bit sensitive after this experience and it turned out that Polly’s attentiveness and sensitivity to our situation made all the difference. We decided to go with a design and build contractor approach, through Greenbuilders, done by Polly and when necessary, enlisting the help of Julie Gabrielli of Gabrielli Design Studios. Having now gone with the design-build approach, my wife and I felt more in touch with ‘the process,’ getting more of what we wanted in our project and less of what we didn’t. Additionally, it was much easier to communicate and stay within our budget range with this approach. The project finished on budget as set at the beginning in our contract and allowed for changes to the plan as needed without adding cost. Polly was a pleasure to work with and her subcontractors were polite and professional. The work was all quite good and we are extremely pleased with the final product! The exterior resurfacing and added details revived our home! The screened porch is perfect. The mudroom and laundry room has done wonders to help to organize our family/home. All of the materials were chosen for their sustainability OR so durable that they will not likely need to be replaced. Can’t wait to get out on to the screened in porch and enjoy the wildlife this spring.”