The Almanac Real Estate: “Renovating One Step at a Time – Bradley Blvd. Home’s Tudor Look Part of Master Plan’ – The homeowner decided to begin phases of construction with an exterior facelift giving the house a Tudor look.”
When Julian and Anne W. relocated to Bethesda from Carmel, California they were hoping to find a house that satisfied an acquired taste for Tudor-style architecture. Carmel is, after all, often compared to the Britain’s Sussex or Kent, a reflection of the wealthy west coast Anglophile who settled the region in early twentieth century to hunt boar and play polo.
When nothing close to these preferences materialized within their budget, the couple settled on a circa-1960’s Bradley Boulevard rambler and commenced a period of wistfully wondering if they would ever find their dream house.
Enter Russ Glickman, president of Glickman Design/Build, and a savvy 25-year veteran remodeler with both an inspired short-term solution and a compelling vision of the future.
“We’ve transformed homes into almost every architectural style,” Glickman reflects. “So the bigger issue here was to devise a forward-thinking master plan that would allow the homeowners to get everything they were looking for in distinct phases that unfold over time. This is often a great budgetary solution for realizing your dream house.”
The master plan concept, Glickman notes, is particularly well-suited for the current economic environment in which some owners are taking a cautious approach to larger-scale home improvement.
Phase One called for redesigning the façade in Tudor language while creating space for a second-level master suite. The new front elevation features decorative half-timbering, steeply-pitched front-facing gables and cedar shake roofing.
With its elevated perch above Bradley Boulevard, the expanded home presents a striking curbside presence; so much so, say the Wrights, that passing cars slow down just to take it in.
Phase Two calls for completing the master bedroom while introducing a more generously-apportioned first level space plan. The final phase envisions a hexagonal kitchen addition on the rear elevation that includes a spacious breakfast room.
Reflecting on the process, the Wright’s are especially enthusiastic about the plan’s flexibility.
“The plans, specs and contract captured the process and the pricing we were looking for,” Anne Wright observes. “every phase exceeded our expectations.”
Phase Three: construct a gazebo-style addition to the kitchen, providing a breakfast nook.
This master plan allowed the client to see the project more clearly and allowed the client and Glickman to prioritize and accomplish the project at a much more flexible and comfortable financial rate for the client.
“ You can expand foundations and shell-in rooms in one phase of the process, yet postpone the finishwork to a future date. The gives you the lot of time to think it through and look for buying advantages.”
“The Glickman approach and system have our highest recommendation. Our deepest appreciation to the Glickman team. They saw our vision and transformed it into the masterpiece we have today. The plans, specs and contract superbly depicted our goals at a reasonable price that we were able to manage. Every phase far exceeded our expectations. Cars stopped by to see what dramatic changes Glickman’s crew was accomplishing. I want to extend an ‘EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DONE’ to all the Glickman team involved in this project. All phases of our construction were completed on schedule and precisely on price.” – Julian & Anne W. – Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda