A Sampling Of Some Of Our Unique Projects
The owner of this house wanted the most energy efficient house he could afford. After the architect designed an affordable floor plan that kept the cost of construction down, Craftsman Construction went to work. We started with an ICF foundation that has over an R30 rating, we then proceeded to install radiant heating pipes in the basement floor. Read more.
This house was built in the 50’s and it was a real mess. The previous owner had abandoned the property and it was up to Craftsman Construction to save it. The first thing we did was dig up the entire foundation and waterproof it. After this we completely gutted the interior and removed the roof. We reframed the 2nd floor with beautiful large dormers. Read more.
When the owner of an existing winery in Fairfax County wanted to expand his operation he came to Craftsman Construction. Kirk Wiles had seen our previous work on Vint Hill Winery and asked the owner who his contractor was and would he recommend him. After the glowing recommendation from our previous client we meet with Kirk to discuss his project. This project was significant in many ways. First, it is the only winery located in Fairfax County and second, it would be a large project. Read more.
When my roofer called me to tell me that he knew of a possible client for me in Delaplane VA, I had no idea that the job would be so scenic. This project was at the top of a steep and windy gravel road that led to the top of the mountain. The client had an existing deck that wrapped completely around the sides and back of the house. The view from the deck was spectacular. The existing deck surface had completely failed and at this point, it was just an accident waiting to happen. Read more.
Craftsman Construction was tasked with turning a 100+ year old dairy barn into a working winery. Not only was this building very old but it had historical significance. During WW II this building was used as a monitoring station for the army. The army would monitor enemy communication and try to break their codes. After the war, the building sat empty for many years. It was at this time that Chris Pearmund and Ray Summerell wanted to open a working winery. Read more.
When Superstorm Sandy hit the area, Philip Carter Winery took a hit. The storms powerful winds and heavy rains caused much water damage to the winery. When Craftsman Construction was called in to assess the damage, the winery had shut down one tasting area due to buckled floors and peeling drywall. “It really was unsafe to keep this area open due to the trip hazards of the buckling floor” said Mr. Carter, owner of Philip Carter Winery. Read more.
In the rolling foothills of Virginia sits a beautiful estate called Fidelio. My partner actually built this estate about 10 years ago for another client. The house is built in the Tuscan style and has several outbuildings as well. The current owner asked us to install an elevator in the house as he was having trouble climbing the stairs. He wanted it to blend in with the home so you would think it always existed. After much discussion between the owner and the elevator contractor, a design was settled on and we went to work. Read more.
When the daughter of an old client of ours decided she was ready for her first home, Dad said give Craftsman Construction a call. We love this kind of customer loyalty. Dad is a retired architect so he drew up the plans for his daughter’s new house. Since she had modest needs, we wanted a small compact house that still had a lot of character. Our new client is an artist and the house had to accommodate her needs in this regard as well. Read more.
This will be our 4th custom home we have built in the little town of The Plains, Virginia. The client of this home watched us work on the last home we built in this town. When it came time for him to finally build his custom home he came to Craftsman Construction. The client had a really good idea of the house he wanted. He had been cutting magazine articles for years in preparation to building his home. Read more.
When a prominent local architect needed a contractor to build his own home he turned to Craftsman Construction. Most contractors would shy away from working for an architect because of their critical eye for detail, but Craftsman Construction was up to the challenge. We worked closely with the client to help him bring his ideas to life. The unusual design and finish details, as well as the clients desire to use particular materials made for an interesting project. Read more.
This was an interesting little project. The home owner wanted us to convert an old barn into an art studio and a small garage. We started by tearing down pretty much everything except one wall. The building has some nice touches such as standing seam roof, James Hardie siding, 1 ½” thick tongue and grove pine flooring, spray foam insulation, and cedar walls and ceiling on the interior. And custom built cabinets inside for the owner’s art supplies rounded out the project. Read more.
The owner of this house was experiencing claustrophobia with 3 teenage kids – more space was desperately needed. The clients were very ecology minded and as such we wanted to be as Green as possible. Using natural materials was a priority and so was making everything energy efficient. Another big goal was to match the existing house in style. We then proceeded to build them a 2 story addition that ties into the main structure that looks like it was always there. Read more.
This home was built with a craftsman’s eye for details. From the deep overhangs on the roof to the tapered stone columns, this house has the period feel of the craftsman era. Using the concept of the Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka, the square footage is kept to a minimum but the materials and craftsmanship were all top of the line. Read more.
With the client’s need for a year round structure built with the finest materials available, we went to work. This pool house has it all with a retractable glass roof that opens with the touch of a button. The granite pool deck and granite walls with inlays makes for a maintenance free facility that is very elegant. With a mahogany kitchen for entertaining, bathroom with shower facilities, and heat and air-conditioning, the client’s expectations were fulfilled. Read more.
This was a record-setting addition to an already spectacular home. Some really interesting highlights are an underground parking garage, several elevators, a wine cave with tasting room, 2 lane bowling alley with automated pin setters, gymnasium, automated lighting controls, radiant heat in the driveways for snow melting, and much more. The level of detail inside and out was spectacular. Read more.
The client wanted to have all his favorite sports at his finger tips and this building fits the bill. With a regulation tennis court, basketball hoops that retract out of the way, and an ice hockey rink, there’s not much you can’t do in this building. In the spring and fall, the glass roof retracts at the touch of a button. The interior of the building is finished in stone and mahogany while the exterior is finished in stone and limestone. This is truly a unique building for a discriminating client. Read more.
This 1973 split level was in need of a change. On the exterior the old plywood siding was removed and replaced with cypress lap siding and cedar T&G siding. All the old windows were replaced with energy efficient Andersen windows. A front and side porch was added and a new roof installed. On the inside, a new kitchen and 3 new bathrooms were constructed. A home office was built downstairs and built-ins for the boys’ room were installed. Overall, a very nice remodel for a happy client. Read more.
The client was looking for a large deck to entertain and barbeque. Instead of a standard square deck, we decided to go with a two-level deck with 45 degree corners to make the deck more interesting. The deck was built on concrete piers and pressure treated posts. With a privacy fence on one side and the deck surface laid at a 45 degree angle, the client was very happy with the overall design and execution. Read more.
This project was a complete gut and re-do. We added a barrel vault porch to the front of the house and 2 massive hand carved mahogany doors completed the front entry way. Large arch topped windows were added to each side of the fireplace. A new custom kitchen was added. A two story arched walkway was constructed in the front foyer. A coffered ceiling in the dining room and built-ins throughout made this project one of a kind. Read more.
When an old client of ours decided he needed more storage space he called Craftsman Construction. The client wanted a quaint little garage that was large on details. The garage had to have space for the client’s photography hobby, a bathroom for the groundskeeper, and a utility room to house a new electrical service to handle any future expansion. Read more.
This project might be my favorite of all my projects. I was approached by the Client to build a dream home for his parents. They have been living in the same small house for over 30 years in the city and they wanted to retire to the country side. They owned a large parcel of land in Bentonville and wanted to build their home on it. After discussing the project with the Client and his parents, I started to do some drawings based on their needs and desires. After several renditions of drawings, we hit on a design that had everything they wanted. As part of the discussion, I suggested that we make this home as energy efficient as possible and the owner agreed. Some of the many energy savings features incorporated into this home include: Geo Thermal heating and air conditioning, Tankless hot water heater, Spray Foam insulation, Energy Star windows and doors, ICF foundation, a complete air sealing package, energy recovery ventilator, a complete LED lighting package, Energy efficient bathroom fans and more. The house is a certified Energy Star Home as well as National Green Building Standards Certified. Read more.
When a local real estate developer purchased several old buildings on the old Vint Hill Army Base in Warrenton VA, he decided to turn several of the old units into a Micro Brewery. Craftsman Construction had completed renovating several of the old buildings years before into a local winery (Vint Hill Winery). After talking to the owner of the winery to see if they were happy with the remodel we did for them, Craftsman Construction was contracted to convert the old warehouse space into the new micro brewery. This project was going to be challenging, not only did we have to work on 60 to 80 year old buildings but the project had to be environmentally friendly. Read more.